MADISON, Wis. – Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) is pleased to announce Michael Clark, M.D., Emergency Medicine Physician at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston has been appointed to the Board of Directors.
“Dr. Clark will be a voice for the health and wellness,” said Missy Schoenbrodt, Director of Wellness Initiatives. “He will advocate for athletes best interests and his expertise will ensure the well-being of all our athletes.”
For the past nine years, Dr. Clark has served as the Medical Director for Special Olympics Wisconsin, coordinating medical coverage at all five state games held throughout the year. Dr. Clark also serves as the MedFest Clinical Director, a Healthy Athletes® discipline he helped launch in Wisconsin to ensure that athletes have access to a free physical exam once a year.
The most recent MedFest, held in conjunction with the Special Olympics Northern States Bowling Tournament on December 7 in Weston, provided free exams to 40 Special Olympics Athletes. Dr. Clark coordinated a medical team of 25 volunteers from several Ministry facilities to provide the free screenings.
“Í am interested in using my medical background and experiences with Special Olympics Wisconsin to further develop the mission and programs of SOWI,” said Dr. Clark.
Dr. Clark graduated from Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences and received their Young Alumnus of the Year award in 2011. Dr. Clark earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2006. He was recognized with the Medical Director Award from Ministry Saint Clare’s EMS Recognition Event in 2010 and was recognized in 2013 as one of the Wausau Daily Herald’s “Twenty under Forty.” Dr. Clark serves as the EMS Medical Director for Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital and as a base Medical Director for Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation. He is the Medical Director and Firefighter for the Schofield Volunteer Fire Department.
About Special Olympics Wisconsin
SOWI is a statewide organization that unleashes the transformative power and joy of sports everyday around the world. Through work in sports, health, education, and community building, Special Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance, and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. With the support of coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in 17 Olympic-type sports to nearly 10,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities. Thank you to Kwik Trip and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Mission Partners of SOWI, enabling the organization to hold more than 500 competitions annually throughout the state. Join our online community by following us on Twitter and Facebook! For more information, visit SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org or call (800) 552-1324.