Sports and So Much More

Last week, Magnet hosted a Community Connection with Special Olympics Wisconsin.  Attendees were given a “tour” of the organization’s mission from President, Dennis Alldridge and Regional Director of Sports, Don Wigington.  They explained that when most people hear “Special Olympics,” they think of one annual sporting competition.  While they do host a variety of sporting events for athletes with intellectual disabilities, they do so much more.   Did you know what Special Olympics Wisconsin aims to provide access to healthcare for people with intellectual disabilities? They offer free screenings in 7 different health disciplines through their Healthy Athletes Program.  In addition to healthcare access, Special Olympics Wisconsin has created a program for creating social inclusion in schools called Project UNIFY. Project UNIFY was developed to bring together students with and without disabilities.

Special Olympics Wisconsin serves nearly 10,000 athletes in 180 communities throughout the state.  If you want to help make an impact for the 1,200+ athletes in the Madison area, we hope you’ll join Magnet on Saturday, October 18 at the Regional Bowling competition.  Magnet volunteers will be lane helpers and score keepers to support athletes during this joy-filled event – RSVP today!