Big muscles and an even bigger heart!

Wisconsin State Arm Wrestling Championship pulling for Down syndrome

Milwaukee, Wis., February 3, 2020 – GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee, our community’s only Down syndrome achievement center, will benefit from an event with big muscles and an even bigger heart. The 2020 Wisconsin State Arm Wrestling Championship will even include a special division dedicated to arm wrestlers of all abilities.

To prepare for the competition, GiGi’s Playhouse in Fox Point (8685 N. Port Washington Road) will host a free one-day training event on March 8 to help kids and adults with Down syndrome, as well as their families and friends, learn the sport of arm wrestling. Officials from Wisconsin Arm Wrestling Sports will be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Playhouse to teach arm wrestling strategies and tactics to participants of GiGi’s free programming, which supports the educational, therapeutic and social needs of individuals with Down syndrome. Kids and adults will practice arm wrestling on specialized tables designed for the sport. To sign up for the training, visit the event page.

Then, on Saturday, April 18, hundreds of arm wrestlers will take part in the day-long State Championship sponsored and hosted by the Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 W Lexington Blvd., Glendale. The event includes a Special Abilities division designed to be inclusive of individuals with disabilities, of course in addition to the Championship’s pro and amateur men’s and women’s classes, and a kids’ competition. No entry fees will be charged for the Special Abilities division. Organizers of the annual Championship have named GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee the sole charitable beneficiary of the event. Raffles and vendor donations will help support the nonprofit organization. For specific times and details, visit the Championship’s event page.

Together, the Wisconsin State Arm Wrestling Championship and GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee exemplify the strength necessary to change the way the Milwaukee community views Down syndrome. This family-friendly event offers fun and competition for all ages and experience levels.

About GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee:
At GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee we are changing the way the world sees Down syndrome. We do this by offering free educational, therapeutic, and social programming for individuals of all ages, and all abilities. GiGi’s mission is to promote acceptance for all and change the way the Milwaukee community views Down syndrome because individuals with Down syndrome are more like their peers than different. GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee does all of this in a warm, supportive, welcoming family environment that is open for all to learn, socialize, and play.

GiGi’s Playhouse Milwaukee is located just north of the city at 8685 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. Within the River Point Village shopping center, we are just a block off I-43 and Brown Deer Road and on a public bus line.

Our national parent organization, GiGi’s Playhouse, Inc., includes 45+ brick and mortar locations across the United States and Mexico. GiGi’s Playhouse is the ONLY network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. Every day, we provide FREE, life-changing therapeutic, educational and career training programs for 30,000+ individuals of all ages.

Down syndrome is the largest chromosomal disability in our country and yet it is the least funded. From a prenatal diagnosis to career skills, we make a lifetime commitment to remain by their side. Families are empowered with all the tools their child needs to succeed!

For more information, visit our website at

About Wisconsin Arm Wrestling:
In 1999, Steve Southworth started Wisconsin Arm Wrestling, a group designed to help train arm wrestlers. Today, arm wrestling tournaments are held throughout Wisconsin and are open to competitors of all ages and levels of experience. Divisions consist of age, gender, and weight classes. What is arm wrestling? To begin, competitors put their elbows on a pad on the table. They create a base thumb grip, which is when the base of each wrestlers’ thumb meets the other. Then thumbs and fingers lower into the grip. The objective is to get the opponent’s hand to the pad.

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