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Unified Relay Across America

  Overview The Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, presented by Bank of America, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for America to unite and build communities of respect and inclusion.  Over the course ...

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Summer Games

Summer Games

What is Summer Games? Summer Games is Special Olympics Illinois premiere sports competition with more than  4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,500 ...

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Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby

What is the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby? It’s a signature annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois! The 10th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby is tentatively scheduled for place on ...

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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, raise funds and ride the ...

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Transforming Lives

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Plainfield Family Volunteers Together at State Basketball Tournament

When basketball official Bob Henry of Plainfield arrived at the 2015 Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament in Bloomington-Normal on March 14, he brought more than his whistle and official’s ...

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Fenton High School Bison Bring Backers to Basketball

The Fenton High School Bison had plenty of fans in the stands for their games at the 2015 Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament March 13-15 to help cheer them on ...

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Nick Lorenz Named 2015 Duck Ambassador

2014 was Nick Lorenz’s first time as a member of the Darling Ducklings sales team for the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, but you’d never know it by his results. In ...

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R-Word Day Asks If You #GotRespect?

The R-word is the word “retard(ed).” Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It's offensive. It's derogatory. That is why Special Olympics Illinois, our fans, schools ...

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Moline Maroons Enjoy First Trip to State Basketball Tournament

The Moline High School Maroons basketball team was thrilled to make it to the 2015 Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament in their first year of playing. “This is very exciting,” ...

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Finally Seeing Double

Editor’s Note — Chris Kirsch of Shorewood, mother of athlete Rikki, was a finalist in the 2014 Share Your Story contest. This is her story: For years Rikki followed her twin sister, ...

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