2016 - Amy Wollmershauser
2011 - Stephen Wampler
The Chairman’s Award has only been presented four times in the 23-year history of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards. It’s a special award recognizing a person with a serious physical disability who expresses courage in the face of adversity by achieving a significant accomplishment in sports.
This year’s recipient will be Tulsan Amy Wollmershauser who has competed in Special Olympics Oklahoma events since 1990. She was named the Athlete of the Year at the 2015 International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference.
In 2015, she was one of Oklahoma’s athletes to help carry the torch in the Unified Relay Across America and was a speaker at the celebration event at Guthrie Green in Tulsa. In 2013, she competed at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Seoul, Korea. She and her father, Mark Wollmershauser, represented Team USA in unified bocce at the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China. In 2006, the father/daughter team competed as a unified bocce team at the first Special Olympics National Summer Games in Ames, Iowa. Plus, in 2003, she competed in speed walking at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland.
Wollmershauser continues to compete at Special Olympics Oklahoma area and state competitions, and is always adding new sports to her repertoire. Beginning with bowling and basketball, she now also competes in bocce, speed walking and snowshoeing.
She has served as an athlete representative on the board of directors for Special Olympics Oklahoma and currently serves on the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Torch Run executive committee.
Wollmershauser is a trained Global Messenger sharing her message about Special Olympics Oklahoma to many civic organizations. She is an active volunteer at many Special Olympics Oklahoma events including: Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, Cops on Doughnut Shops and the St. Patrick’s Day Run. She has been known to wear the Splash Polar Plunge mascot costume at Polar Plunges, help emcees recite the athlete oath and serve as a greeter at many luncheons, dinners and other Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run events. In addition to her many contributions to Special Olympics Oklahoma, she is also an avid fundraiser.
Wollmershauser is a 1995 graduate of Union High School. She is employed as a courtesy clerk at Reasor’s and lives in Tulsa.