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Special Olympics Wisconsin provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 17 Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities 8 years of age or older. Athletes train in their sport, compete at an area level and may progress to the state level of competition.

Sports Seasons

There are five sports seasons for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Choose from a season below for competition forms, rules and sporting events.

Winter Games Season

Indoor Sports Tournament Season

Summer Games Season

Outdoor Sports Tournament Season

Fall Sports Tournament Season

State Games

Fall Sports Tournament

December, 6, 2014
Weston and Milwaukee, WI

Winter Games

January 24-25, 2015
Nine Mile Forest - Wausaus, WI

Indoor Sports Tournament

April 10-12, 2015
UW - Oshkosh

Summer Games

June 4-6, 2015
UW - Stevens Point

Outdoor Sports Tournament

August 7-9, 2015
Carroll College - Waukesha, WI

Special Olympics USA Games

Special Olympics USA Games Website

Learn about our athletes and coaches going to the 2014 USA Games.

Every four years Special Olympics conducts a National Summer Games in the United States that includes athletes from all 52 US Programs. New Jersey is proud to have been selected as host of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, the Games of Welcome and Acceptance.

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will showcase athletes competing in 14 official and 3 demonstration sports during the week of June 14 – 21. Competitions will be offered in both Traditional and Unified play, bringing together the community to support and play side-by-side with our athletes, in what expects to be the most inclusive Games in Special Olympics History.

While the Games will highlight competition, special events including Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athlete events and educational programs throughout the week, will create an experience of a lifetime for all athletes, families and volunteers in attendance…..leading to a change in understanding and acceptance of persons with Intellectual Disabilities in communities throughout New Jersey and throughout the United States.

More information coming soon!

World Games

Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) athletes Alex Guild, Olivia Quigley and Michael Huebner, along with their coaches, arrived back from Los Angeles on August 3rd, after representing their country in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games as part of the 304 members of Special Olympics Team USA. They brought home a total of 7 medals – 1 bronze, 2 silver, and 4 gold!

Olivia Quilgey has gained national attention with her battle of Stage 4 breast cancer while competing at the World Games. Her story has been featured on ESPN, USA Today, the Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated. Olivia will bring home a silver in the 200m run and 2 golds – one in the 4×100 relay and one in the 100m run.

Alex Guild ran a personal best and broke an American Record in the half marathon capturing the gold. And on the same day won gold in the 4×400 relay with his Special Olympics teammates. Alex will bring home 2 golds along with one bronze in the 10,000m run.

Michael Huebnber won silver in Bowling Doubles with a combined partner score of 854. Michael also received a 4th place ribbon in Team Bowling and a 5th place ribbon in Bowling Singles.

We are very proud of what our Wisconsin athletes accomplished at the World Games. We are truly inspired by all of the athletes that competed, not only for Special Olympics USA, but from all over the world.

Some 6,500 athletes took part in contests ranging from weightlifting to soccer. Although not everyone won gold, silver or bronze medals, every competitor received a performance ribbon and a chance to take to the victory stand following their competition. An estimated 500,000 people turned out to watch at venues in and around Los Angeles.

Away from the competitions, thousands of athletes lined up at a medical center at the University of Southern California for the games' Healthy Athletes program. Before it ended Saturday, more than 500 people, including some who could not hear at all, received needed hearing aids. More than 600 received new prescription glasses and more than 4,000 got new shoes.

The Special Olympics, which began in 1968, was the brainchild of President John Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver. That first year's games in Chicago drew about 1,000 athletes from 26 states and Canada.

Organizers say this year's Special Olympics will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015.

For photos on our athletes return home visit our Flickr website.
For photos from the World Games please visit the Special Olympics USA Flickr website.
To see other amazing stories, videos, and photos head over to the Special Olympics ESPN website.
For game results visit the World Games website.

Unified Sports®

Other than family members, there are few people who are closer than teammates. Somehow, their common pursuit against the odds, that shared moment of victory or defeat, brings even the most diverse people together – and no program does that better than Special Olympics Unified Sports!

Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Special Olympics Unified Sports combines individuals with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and individuals without intellectual disabilities (partners) on the sports teams. The program was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. In fact, 93% of partners say they gained a better understanding of their teammates through Unified Sports.


Unified Sports® creates unique teammate bonds through sports experiences just like any other sports team, creating a culture of inclusion and fostering understanding in schools and communities around the state. Participation in Unified Sports leads to new friendships, improved self-esteem and positive changes in attitude, behavior and performance for all students involved.

In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away. Half a million people worldwide take part in Unified Sports, breaking down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities in a really fun way.


Through Project UNIFY®, Unified Sports is an essential part of successfully creating inclusive school communities where everyone is accepted and respected. By taking it out of the classroom and onto the playing field, students from both the general education and special education classrooms experience new social opportunities and make new friends they may not have otherwise. Their peers without intellectual disabilities learn valuable lessons of character development and may serve as mentors. Many parents and siblings also find that Unified Sports offers a new way to spend time together and meet other families. To learn how to get Unified Sports started at your school, check out the Unified Sports Guide for Students.



The foundation of Unified Sports is the principal of meaningful involvement, where every player is given an opportunity to contribute to the success of his or her team through their unique skills and qualities. Therefore, three models have been developed to ensure social inclusion: competitive, player development, and recreation.

The Unified Sports Competitive Model combines athletes and partners of similar age and ability as teammates for training and competition. Sports are played without modification to Special Olympics rules with competition as a focus, therefore all teammates have attained sufficient and necessary sport-specific skills and tactics.

The Unified Sports Player Development Model allows teammates of higher abilities to serve as mentors to assist players with lower abilities in practices and competition, all of similar age. Rules may be modified for fair play and defined mentor roles. Player development focuses on social inclusion, development of skills and improved comprehension of game tactics for lower ability players, developing leadership and teaching skills for players in mentoring roles, and offers sub-programs greater options when there are not athletes and partners who match in ability levels.

The Unified Sports Recreation Model involves participation of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities without any prescribed training or competition. The goals are to promote social inclusion and to increase sports skills and knowledge in a less structured environment. The recreation model often acts as an entry point or exposure to the other Unified Sports models.


The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has partnered with Special Olympics to offer the Special Olympics Unified Sports® Course for Coaches. This training is FREE and online! Take the course now!


Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is eager to work closely with schools and communities throughout the state to foster development of Unified Sports. If you wish to become involved, e-mail Bob Whitehead or Jeanne Hrovat for more information on how to get started with Unified Sports!
August 2015
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DEAR EDITOR: What Project UNIFY has taught us
2015-03-04 13:51:10 - By: Bari Bates
A letter to the editor of the Mt. Horeb Mail, from Olivia Jones and Grace Rollins. Olivia and Grace are members of the Youth Activation Council and have played a vital role in statewide efforts of inclusion.
Meet Athlete Coach Peter!
2015-02-19 15:07:13 - By: Bari Bates
For the past four years, Peter Annis has stepped into a different role in Special Olympics Wisconsin—he serves as an athlete coach for Shepherds Warhawks basketball team, guiding his team on the court with hands-on drills and teaching them basic techniques.
Windwalkers Celebrates 10 Years!
2015-02-12 11:17:35 - By: Bari Bates
Special Olympics Wisconsin has been working to provide additional access to education and resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) related to health and wellness activities at a local level through Healthy Communities Mini Projects. Providing access to additional opportunities is nothing new to agency manager, Kathy Gerharz of the Sheboygan Adult Program.
Local Athlete to Participate at X Games in Aspen
2015-01-05 14:45:29 - By: Christina Harris
As one of only 10 Special Olympics athletes, Wisconsin’s own Daina Shilts, 24, was chosen to participate in Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Races as part of this year’s X Games in Aspen, Colorado on Thursday, January 22 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CST.
MedFest 2014 a great success for athletes, students and volunteers alike
2014-12-17 17:31:24 - By: Bari Bates
On December 6, during Special Olympics Wisconsin’s Northern Fall Sports Tournament, 46 athletes received a free sports physical as part of the fourth annual MedFest event. Volunteer physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and medical students led this free health screening. The screening consists of the following stations: medical history, height and weight, blood pressure, cardiology test, musculoskeletal test, orthopedic tests, abdominal evaluation, and a check-out station.
Featured Family-The Dohertys
2014-12-16 10:35:55 - By: Christina Harris
As children of a former professional soccer player, Ava, Bailey and Cole Doherty are natural athletes. Bailey, 5, was born with Down syndrome and loves to climb, run and jump. That's just her personality. She plays with her older sister Ava, 7, and younger brother Cole, 2, regularly.
Meet Coach Dean Glaze
2014-11-24 14:15:05 - By: Christina Harris
Dean Glaze, a college student at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, volunteered at a Special Olympics tournament as part of an adaptive physical education class in 1979. What began as a class requirement became a passion. Today, he’s a special needs teacher in Neillsville who has travelled across the globe to coach athletes in national and international Special Olympics competitions.
November is National Diabetes Month
2014-11-04 12:47:18 - By: Christina Harris
Diabetes is an ever-growing health concern that affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. alone. Individuals with intellectual disabilities are at a higher risk for preventable diseases because they often do not receive the healthcare they need, which can be linked to high body mass index, high blood pressure and low activity rates—all contributing factors to the development of Type 2 diabetes. Take simple steps to help lower everyone's risk of diabetes & improve everyday health.
Meet Wisconsin's World Games Delegates
2014-11-04 11:25:07 - By: Christina Harris
Watch out Los Angeles! A few new stars are coming to town. Three Wisconsin athletes, three coaches, two staff members and one Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) Final Leg runner will take center stage when they represent Team USA at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games from July 25-August 2, 2015. Meet your Team USA representatives!
Project UNIFY is for YOU!
2014-11-03 16:22:24 - By: Christina Harris
If you thought you missed your chance to learn more about Project UNIFY at one of the three Leadership Forums, you are in luck, because we recorded one of them!
There's an APP for that!
2014-11-03 16:22:16 - By: Christina Harris
Special Olympics Wisconsin's Healthy Communities is leading the way in providing access to meaningful, relevant health resources and education for athletes and coaches. The use of mobile devices is a revolutionary new platform to share valuable disability and health information. Generally apps may cost a couple of dollars to purchase, however there are also a number of handy free apps available.
World's Largest Truck Convoy raises more than $122,000!
2014-11-03 16:22:09 - By: Christina Harris
On September 20, truckers and law enforcement officials raised a record-shattering $122,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin at the 10th Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy® presented by Quad/Graphics and EH Wolf & Sons.
Featured Athlete-Jodi Zimmerman
2014-11-03 11:26:41 - By: Christina Harris
Knocking down pins is Jodi Zimmerman’s idea of a good time. Every Saturday, she polishes her purple bowling ball, ties up her white bowling shoes, rubs her lucky 300 pin for good luck and heads to the alley.
Buy an Icon, Teach Athletes Employability Skills
2014-11-03 11:09:30 - By: Christina Harris
It may just look like a piece of paper, but when you buy an icon at your local Kwik Trip store from November 7 to 20, you are transforming the life of a Special Olympics athlete. Buying an icon not only helps future athletes enjoy gift of sport, it can teach them employability skills needed to join the workforce. Two Kwik Trip employees witnessed these benefits first-hand.
High School Senior Builds Life-Long Friendships through Club Unify
2014-10-30 10:43:44 - By: Maddie Hamburg, Mt. Horeb High School Senior
Club Unify got off to a strong start this school year with students gathering after school to plan for the homecoming parade. We played get-to-know-you games for our new club members, shared snacks and brainstormed ideas about our part of the parade. Our big goal was to stand out to the community so together, we decided to tie-dye T-shirts and wear them in the parade. The week before homecoming, we held another meeting after school and had a tie-dye party. It was a blast!

Contact Us

Special Olympics Wisconsin
2310 Crossroads Drive, Suite 1000
Madison, WI 53718

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Phone: (608) 222-1324
Toll Free: (800) 552-1324

Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation for the benefit of persons with intellectual disabilities