Monica Van Kooy, left, gets a hug from Chelsea Shaver, director of youth programs for Champions of Fond du Lac, during the state bowling tournament in Green Bay.  submitted photo
Monica Van Kooy, left, gets a hug from Chelsea Shaver, director of youth programs for Champions of Fond du Lac, during the state bowling tournament in Green Bay. submitted photo

     RIPON IS BLESSED WITH some wonderful services for individuals of varying abilities. Just look at the strength of the workforce at Diverse Options and members of the Aktion Club, and it’s evident.

     But one group has been absent for some time: Special Olympics.

     No longer.

     Champions of Fond du Lac, an officially registered program of Special Olympics, is expanding into Ripon this fall and winter.

     The organization, founded by Brian and Chelsea Shaver, aims to have events and activities in Ripon as well as encourage people from age 2 and up to participate in Special Olympics competitions as well.

     Though based in Fond du Lac, the group will hold its first Ripon event in just a few weeks: a meet-and-greet scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Willmore Center on the Ripon College campus.

     “Champions of Fond du Lac along with Mark Cole (professor [at] Ripon College) took a tour of the Willmore Building. The possibilities with that building are endless,” Brian said. “Right now, we are just trying to get the word out that Special Olympics is coming back to the Ripon area.” ...

     To read the entire column, see the Nov. 14, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.