The Dairyland Games is Wisconsin's first and only regional qualifying event sanctioned by Adaptive Sports USA. The first Dairyland Games took place in 2016 at Sauk Prairie High School and included a few events in track and field. Around 16 athletes joined together to compete at Dairyland Games in 2016, starting the beginning of a tremendous adaptive sports movement in the state of Wisconsin.
In 2017, Dairyland Games moved to a new venue at Middleton High School, expanded events & clinics to fill an entire weekend, and added 2 new sports: swimming and archery! In addition to the 2 new sports, an "adult open" division was created so athletes ages 23 and older can join in on the competition. The 2017 Dairyland Games hosted nearly 40 athletes from various regions of Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa.
In 2018, over 60 athletes from 6 different states across the Midwest joined together to participate in a 3-day, fun-filled weekend! We were fortunate to have a variety of amazing community vendors & sponsors including SSM Health, Hanger Clinic, Assist WI, Mad City Badgers, 5 Rings Martial Arts, and many more! Our goal in 2018 was to connect athletes and families to the best available adaptive sports resources and organizations in the state - and we did just that!
Athletes can expect even more exciting changes in 2019 and for years to come! Adaptive athletes from all over the Midwest are expected to attend Dairyland Games each year and anyone, no matter their experience level or age, are welcome to compete! We are so excited with the growth this event has had in just 4 short years, and we are looking forward to an incredible weekend of community, competition, and of course, fun!