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Polar Plunge

  What is the Polar Plunge? The Polar Plunge, presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a dip into ...

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First Look for Charity

The 2016 First Look for Charity Auto Show Preview Event will be held Friday, Feb. 12, at McCormick Place in Chicago, and we are honored to return as one of ...

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Skating Championships

What is the Skating Championships? The Skating Championships are one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in figure skating and speed skating.  The Skating ...

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State Basketball

What is State Basketball? State Basketball is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in team and individual skills basketball.  State Basketball is held ...

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Rockford Ice Hogs Jersey Auction

The Rockford IceHogs have teamed up with the Special Olympics Illinois Northwestern/Area 1 to help raise money and recognize all of the great athletes at the IceHogs game on Sunday, March ...

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Hoffman Estates School Shows Orange and Black Pride at Plunge

Amy Longmore, a special education teacher, and her team from Hoffman Estates High School have been taking the Plunge for the past seven years. You can easily spot their orange ...

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Undefeated Mattoon/Charleston Hornets Win District Championship

 The Mattoon/Charleston Hornets basketball team was unsure of what to expect when arriving at the Special Olympics Illinois District H Basketball competition on Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Wesclin High ...

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Income Tax Check-off

Check the box, change a life! This tax season, do something Special by making a donation when you complete your Illinois Income Tax.  Your contribution helps a current or future Special ...

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Special Olympics Lottery Tickets

The Illinois Lottery and Special Olympics Illinois are proud to announce the 2016 Lottery game to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. This year’s $3 scratch-off ticket will continue to help Special ...

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SOARing For a Great Cause

Ritchie D’Cotsa of Bloomington has been plunging since 2011 when his friend, Lisa Hayward, recruited him. At that time, D’Costa’s son Blair was hospitalized in the ICU. Hayward printed a ...

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Tech Athletics Hosts Special Olympics High School Basketball

Originally posted by the Illinois Institute of Technology CHICAGO, Ill. – Last Wednesday and Thursday, the Illinois Institute of Technology Athletic Department and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee played host to Special ...

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Father and Daughter Duo Create Tradition at Plunge

Courtney Lindsey and her father, Steve, have been participating in the Decatur Polar Plunge for 13 years together. The annual Plunge has created a special bond between the two. Lindsey originally ...

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