A History of Success
The Dairyland Games is Wisconsin's first and only adaptive sports event sanctioned by Adaptive Sports USA allowing athletes to qualify for Junior Nationals, the oldest and largest continuously-held competitive sports event for athletes with physical disabilities ages 6 to 22 in North America! The Dairyland Games was originally established to provide an opportunity for local Wisconsin athletes to compete and qualify for Junior Nationals in 2016 (Middleton, WI), but the ultimate goal is to increase awareness, availability, and accessibility to adaptive sports in Wisconsin and across the Midwest.
In 2016, the inaugural Dairyland Games was hosted at Sauk Prarie High School and included various events in track and field. Only 16 athletes from Illinois and Wisconsin participated in the inaugural Dairyland Games, however, the stage was set for a tremendous adaptive sports movement in Wisconsin.
Just 3 short years later in 2019, the Dairyland Games proudly hosted 75 athletes for a 3-day competition at Middleton High School with representation from 8 different states across the Midwest. The 2019 Dairyland Games offered events in track, field, and swimming with over 350 event entries in total. In addition, free clinics were offered in para taekwondo, wheelchair basketball, and para cheer with the help of community partners and healthcare vendors across the state of Wisconsin. Finally, adults over the age of 22 were eligible to compete in the "adult open" division in an effort to maximize participation in adaptive sports across the lifespan and to support the dreams of Paralympic hopefuls.
In 2020, we are excited to announce the addition of a new event - powerlifting! With the Paralympic Tokyo 2020 games quickly approaching, we expect to host over 100 athletes at Dairyland Games 2020, and we hope you can join us! No matter your background, experience level, or physical ability, we welcome you to join