SOWI Names Hershner President & CEO

April 28, 2022 Featured, Press

The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Wisconsin is pleased to announce the appointment of Chad Hershner as its new President & CEO. Hershner will begin his new role on May 16, 2022. Hershner is a seasoned executive with more...


SOWI Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 18, 2022 Events, Featured

The National Volunteer Week theme for 2022, “Volunteering Is Empathy In Action,” affirms the strong connection between volunteerism and empathy. This profoundly human connection is at the heart of healthier individuals and stronger communities. Volunteers play an incredibly vital role...


SOWI, Pro Sports Organizations Announce OUR TEAM Initiative

April 6, 2022 Events, Featured, Press

Special Olympics Wisconsin, in collaboration with the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Admirals, and Green Bay Packers, announced OUR TEAM—a first-of-its-kind initiative to celebrate inclusion across sport—at a press conference Wednesday, April 6, at Fiserv Forum. OUR TEAM is designed...


On March 30, 24 Wisconsin Jersey Mike’s Locations Will Donate 100% of Sales to Help Local Athletes Attend the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games

March 24, 2022

On Wednesday, March 30, “Day of Giving,” 100 percent of your purchase at any Jersey Mike’s in the state will support the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games and help 65 Team Wisconsin athletes attend the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games,...


SOWI Delegation Advocates for Inclusion via Virtual Capitol Hill Day

March 15, 2022 Events, Featured, Press

Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes, organization leaders, and Unified Champion School partners from across the Badger State engaged virtually on February 9 and 10 for Special Olympics’ annual “Capitol Hill Day.” SOWI athlete and Marshfield native Heather Holland joined SOWI Unified...


Frank, Mayer, Olson Join SOWI Board of Directors

February 18, 2022 Featured, Press

Special Olympics Wisconsin announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors. Milwaukee-area Special Olympics Wisconsin Athlete Rachel Frank, Robert W. Baird Investment Analyst Allie Mayer, and Village of DeForest Chief of Police Jim Olson assumed their...


Team Wisconsin, Capitol Hill Day Ambassadors Become Global Messengers

February 16, 2022 Events, Featured

Special Olympics Wisconsin Unified Leadership welcomed 62 new SOWI athletes as Global Messengers this January. Providing an important and complementary training to the physical at-home workouts for many Team Wisconsin athletes, this Global Messenger program helped many SOWI athletes embark...


Adjustments made to Basketball, Winter Games schedules

February 2, 2022 Events, Featured

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to force adjustments to upcoming Special Olympics Wisconsin sports programming in 2022. The SOWI Sports team announced it will replace its typical 5v5 Team Basketball competition with a 3v3 Basketball State Tournament this April. Additionally,...


Family Health Forum Engages Strong Minds

January 21, 2022 Events, Featured

Special Olympics Wisconsin welcomed Strong Minds Clinical Directors Amy Yonker and Kelly Costigan for a virtual Family Health Forum in December. As part of SOWI’s Strong Minds curriculum, Yonker and Costigan provided a lesson on the connection between mind &...



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