Special Olympics Ohio Names New Vice President of Sports and Programs

John Wysocki

Special Olympics Ohio Names New Vice President of Sports and Programs

Columbus, OH – The President and CEO of Special Olympics Ohio is proud to announce the appointment of John M. Wysocki as the new Vice President of Sports and Programs Special Olympics Ohio (SOOH).

John has been a member of the SOOH staff as the Director of Coaches Education and Sports Resources and previously a local program coach with Licking County Special Olympics. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in Organizational Communications and prior to joining SOOH, John served in a variety of leadership roles in the private and public sectors, including State Farm Insurance and BAE Systems. John is a decorated U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and combat veteran who served two tours of duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In addition to his work with SOOH, he co-owns and operates an inclusive fitness facility, CrossFit Newark.

John resides in Newark with his wife Carrie and their three daughters, Natalie, Julia, and Gabby. Carrie holds a PhD in Disability Studies and Inclusive Education from The Ohio State University and is an instructor at the Newark Campus of Ohio State. Carrie is also the Local Coordinator for Licking County Special Olympics. Natalie is a freshman at Denison University, Julia is a sophomore at Newark High School and Gabby is an 8th grader at Liberty Middle School as well as a Special Olympics athlete. In his spare time, John enjoys time with his family, attending Special Olympics events, coaching early morning classes at the gym and working out with his friends.

“From the moment I watched my daughter cross the finish line at her first track meet to receive a Gold Medal, I was drawn to Special Olympics and the benefits it offers to athletes," John said. "I have served as a multi-sport coach, assisted my wife with her responsibilities as a local coordinator and I have witnessed first-hand the power of inclusion. I recognize how challenging it is to run local programs and want to do all I can to support coordinators and coaches. It is my goal for programs to view the state office as a partner and resource.  I am eager to utilize my leadership abilities and diverse background to develop a unified and collaborative program of Special Olympics athletes, coaches, and volunteers in Ohio.”


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