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Members of a Special Olympics basketball team at a recent tournament. Special Olympics provides opportunities for people with disabilities to train in and compete in a variety of sports. ( Photo courtesy Special Olympics of Wisconsin - Southeastern Region )

Community Connection: Special Olympics - Southeastern Region

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This week’s featured organization is Special Olympics Wisconsin - Southeastern Region. Southeastern Regional Director of Development Brittany Neukirchen provided the answers.

Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy while participating in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community.

The first Special Olympics were organized by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and held in Chicago in 1968. In 1969, Special Olympics Wisconsin held its first state track meet in West Allis, with 200 athletes participating. In 1972, SOWI was incorporated as a nonprofit. Statewide, more than 10,000 athletes participate annually in SOWI events thanks in large part to the help of more than 9,000 volunteers.


Community Connection: Music drives Fine Arts at First

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This week’s featured organization is Fine Arts at First. Director Jessica DeBoer provided the answers.

Q. What’s the mission of your organization?

Community Connection: Kindred Kitties

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The featured organization in this week’s Community Connection is Kindred Kitties. President Cathy McDowell provided the answers.

Q: What’s the mission of your organization?

Community Connection: Rotary Club of Kenosha

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The featured organization in this week’s Community Connection is Rotary Club of Kenosha. President Rita Hagen provided the answers.

What is the mission of your organization?

Community Connection: Kenosha Symphony aims to enrich community

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The featured organization in this week’s Community Connection is the Kenosha Symphony. Secretary Elizabeth Tercek provided the answers.

What’s the mission of your organization?

Garden of Eatin-Kenosha continues to grow

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The featured organization in this week’s Community Connection is Garden of Eatin-Kenosha. Executive Director Andy Berg provided the answers.

What's the mission of your organization?

Community Connection: Hospice Alliance

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The featured organization in this week’s Community Connection is Hospice Alliance. Executive Director Rita Hagen provided the answers.

What’s the mission of your organization?

Community Connection: Root-Pike WIN

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The featured organization in this week’s Community Connection is the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network. Community Connection is a weekly feature of the Kenosha News helping people learn about organizations making a difference in our county’s communities and sharing ways to get involved.

Community Connection: Big Brothers Big Sisters

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The Kenosha News asked Ashleigh Henrichs, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine and Kenosha Counties, about the organization, what it does, and how people can get involved.

Q. What's the mission of your organization?

Community Connection: Kenosha Forgotten Friends helps homeless and abused animals

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What's the mission of your organization?

Kenosha Forgotten Friends, Inc is a non-profit organization whose mission is the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless, abused, abandoned , neglected and surrendered animals. Our goal is to nurture these animals in loving foster homes while providing quality veterinary care, socialization and rehabilitation while seeking to place them in permanent loving homes

Community Connection: ELCA Outreach Center

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This is the first installment of a new feature at the Kenosha News. Community Connection will profile organizations making a difference in our county’s communities and share ways you can get involved.

The first group is the ELCA Outreach Center. Executive Director Karl Erickson answered questions about the organization’s mission, its history and what it needs going forward.

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