One of the best ways to support Special Olympics is to come to our events! We invite you to see what we are all about. Beyond that, there are many ways to help by giving to our organization.
We would not exist today, nor be successful, without our athletes, families, friends, students, and so many others who dedicate their time, energy and enthusiasm to help make the program truly special.
Get involved with us! Whether you want to become an athlete, volunteer, coach or give beyond your time or in other ways, we welcome you.
Become an Athlete
Everybody is different. Special Olympics is for people who are different because they learn new skills slowly. They are different in other ways as well. They have an intellectual disability, or ID. Intellectual disabilities happen in all cultures, races and countries. The goal of Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is to reach out to the more than 145,000 people in the state with ID. Our 9,000+ SOWI athletes—ages 8 years old and up—come from all regions of the state. To get started, a few forms, medical registration and waivers need to be filled out at the official Special Olympics Wisconsin site.
Please reach out if you need any assistance filling out the materials.
“I promise to give of the time in my life so that Special Olympics athletes can have the time of their lives. I promise to support Special Olympics, not just as an expression of charity, but as a form of respect for my fellow human beings. I promise to spread the word of volunteerism because, in giving, I receive so much more in return.” – Special Olympics Volunteer Oath
Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement. They are coaches, trainers, officials, event organizers, fundraisers and local program managers. They can also be Unified partners—playing alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities—or fans cheering in the stands. Regardless of their role, our volunteers help to bring out the champion in every Special Olympics athlete and who make the world a better place – one event at a time. You can visit Wisconsin Special Olympics to start the application process.
Sponsorship comes in many forms for which we are grateful. Venues who provide the facilities where we practice and compete, apparel and products for team uniforms, and sponsors who provide the ability to host fundraising events.
Please continue to assist us in providing persons with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Our programs are provided at no cost to the athletes or their families, thanks to the generosity of supporters such as you. Every day we empower athletes to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life. Find out ways you can be a part of making a difference.
Help us continue our mission. Bi-County Special Olympics (8-44) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization supported almost entirely through corporate funding and individual gifts. Find out about the many ways you can make a difference.