Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is a statewide organization providing persons with cognitive disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Individuals who are at least eight years old and are identified as having a cognitive disability are eligible for participation.
With seven Area offices throughout the state, Special Olympics Wisconsin serves nearly 10,000 athletes in nearly 189 communities statewide. SOWI is one of the 50 state programs and one of nearly 200 countries providing this opportunity to nearly 3.5 million athletes around the world.
our mission is to To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with cognitive disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics of Central Wisconsin FAQ
Q: I would like to get more involved with Special Olympics, how can I do that?
Whether you are looking for a way to coach a sport or help raise funds, becoming a Special Olympics Wisconsin volunteer is a great way to have fun and give back to your community. For more information about signing up, contact your local Special Olympics Wisconsin office.
Q: Who is eligible to participate in Special Olympics?
Anyone who has been identified as having a cognitive disability by an agency or professional and is age eight or older is eligible to train and compete as a Special Olympics Athlete.
Q: How can I be sure you are using my support wisely? How much of my donation goes to support program activities?
Special Olympics Wisconsin strives to operate as efficiently as possible. A significant portion of our revenue comes from a broad base of individual donors, $10 and $20 dollars at a time. Every contribution at any size makes an important difference. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, more people with intellectual disabilities have a chance to participate and experience the transformative powers of sports. Approximately 70 percent of our expenditures go to supporting program activities – including supporting local training and competition, developing education materials for our volunteer coaches, outreach to recruit more athletes, family support, and much more. Maintaining these high standards is a priority at Special Olympics Wisconsin.
Q: Can I donate in honor or memory of someone? Will you send a tribute card to the recipient?
Yes, donating in someone’s name is a meaningful way to celebrate a friend or remember a loved one. Visit this site and check the "Tribute and Memorial Giving" checkbox at the bottom of the online form. Special Olympics will mail an embossed card to the honoree or their family letting them know that you made a donation to honor them. Cards are processed each business day but please allow 1-2 weeks for your honoree’s card to arrive in the mail.
Q: Will you take my old / used trophies?
No. Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes receive new, specially designed medals or ribbons as competition awards. We do not accept donated trophies.