OZAUKEE COUNTY SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Olympics
Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States of America 

Special Olympics was born out of the passion and determination of Ms. Eunice Kennedy-Schriver who took the lessons learned from a day camp she developed for those with cognitive disabilities and evolved the participation into a summer games event at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois in 1968.

 

Called the Special Olympics Summer Games, 1000 athletes from the United States and Canada competed in Aquatics and Track & Field events. The atmosphere at this event was infectious. Special Olympics International was born.

 

Today, there are over 2.25 million athletes in 150 countries offering year round competition in over 30 sports.

 

Special Olympics Wisconsin is fortunate to be one of the leaders in Special Olympics programs. Over 10,000 Wisconsin athletes participate with 220 agencies.

 

Special Olympics in Ozaukee County began in 1974 as an after-school activity hosted by Ms. Pat Armbruster. In 1993, Ozaukee County Special Olympics was chartered as a volunteer independent agency within Special Olympics Wisconsin.

 

Today, the Ozaukee County Special Olympics is a growing organization with 120 athletes, 24 coaches and many volunteers to offer 14 sports year-round for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This is training for life.

 

The greatest contribution of the Special Olympics movement is not exclusively focused on providing athletic training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics teaches an athlete how to win in the spirit of competition "and "how to see defeat as a path to success. 

 

Special Olympics athletes become productive members of our community in part from the lessons we teach as an organization and we are all the stronger for it.

The Ozauke County Special Olympics organization offers Bowling, Flag Football and Volleyball in the fall season; Basketball and Gymnastics in the winter season; Athletics (track & field) and Aquatics (swimming) in the spring season; Softball, Tee Ball, Bocce, Tennis, and Cycling in the summer seasons; and Golf in the late summer interm (August). We are pleased to have a Young Athletes Program as well.