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Outdoor Sports Festival

Outdoor Sports Festival

What is Outdoor Sports Festival? Outdoor Sports Festival is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Softball, T-Ball and Golf. Young Athletes will have the opportunity ...

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Plane Pull

Plane Pull

The Plane Pull features the ultimate tug-of-war competition, as teams of up to 20 battle a UPS Airbus A300, weighing more than 190,000 lbs.  That’s right, the plane weighs more than 90 tons!  ...

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Coaster Challenge

Coaster Challenge

We have the perfect way for you to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois and show the world you are a true RAGING BULL!  Simply register, fundraise and ride the distance of a 5k, ...

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Truck Convoy

Truck Convoy

What is the World's Largest Truck Convoy? The World’s Largest Truck Convoy is a fundraising and awareness event that creates a unique partnership between law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics ...

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Inspire Greatness Gala

Inspire Greatness Gala

2014 Gala The 2014 Special Olympics Illinois Inspire Greatness Gala will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014.  The event returns to the Four Seasons, with Dan Doheny, Chief Financial Officer, Reyes Holdings chairing ...

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Fall Games

Fall Games

What is Fall Games? Fall Games is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those winning a gold medal at a local event in Volleyball and those participating in ...

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Transforming Lives

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Alex Kallenbach with Don Vock, coach for the Rockford Red Hots

Special Olympics Helps Rockford Athlete Learn to Change and Adapt

Alex Kallenbach, 29, of Rockford, has Fragile X Syndrome and change makes him uncomfortable. However, since getting involved with Special Olympics in high school, “his ability to deal with change has improved steadily,” ...

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We All Need to Connect

We All Need to Connect

By Angela Kallenbach of Rockford, mother of athlete Alex Kallenbach Let me preface this with a quote I once heard, "In this world, we all need to connect." Our son, Alex, was on sensory overload ...

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Darling Ducklings Busy Selling Adoptions for Derby

Darling Ducklings Busy Selling Adoptions for Derby

Last year, the Darling Ducklings Sales Team was a force to be reckoned with. This group of 33 athletes, led by Special Olympics Illinois staff member Leona Brescher, sold almost 6,500 ducks which ...

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L-R: Tricia Brawley,

Trio Develops Friendship Through Volunteering

Special Olympics creates strong friendships between athletes, volunteers and families. That’s true for volunteers Sarah Moss, 27, of Wood Dale; Tricia Brawley, 22, of Arlington Heights; and Vicky Plikas, 32, of Mount Prospect. Even ...

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USA Games Athlete, Trainer Develop Friendship in the Gym

USA Games Athlete, Trainer Develop Friendship in the Gym

Brent Kampert was one of the 52 athletes Special Olympics Illinois who competed in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey in June. He won a silver medal in the 100-meter ...

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Rams’ Johnny Hekker Attends Summer Games

Rams' Johnny Hekker Attends Summer Games

St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker made a special trip to Normal on June 13 for the 2014 Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. Hekker spent the day cheering on the athletes competing in soccer ...

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