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Windy City Smokeout

Windy City Smokeout

Bub City is proud to announce the annual Windy City Smokeout, taking place July 10 - 12.  This summer festival will bring together live country music and the best BBQ in the ...

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Knights of Columbus - Partners

Illinois Knights of Columbus Group Night

The White Sox have dedicated Friday, July 17th to the Knights of Columbus and Special Olympics Illinois. On this special night, we invite K of C members, their family and ...

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2015 World Summer Games

Special Olympics Illinois is proud to announce that 15 athletes and 8 coaches from Illinois have been named to Special Olympics USA. The 491 member delegation will represent the United ...

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Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch

The Law Enforcement Torch Run and Texas Roadhouse will once again partner for the 5th annual Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch for Special Olympics Illinois. Over the last four years, this ...

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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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State Tennis

What is State Tennis? State Tennis is one of 8 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Tennis, Unified Tennis and Tennis Individual Skills. State Tennis ...

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Summer Games Souvenir Shirt

It’s not too late to purchase your Summer Games souvenir t-shirt. We still have shirts available for sale online. To purchase your shirt visit: http://www.ilspecialolympics.deco-apparel.com/.

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Transforming Lives

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American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary Feed Thousands During Summer Games

Tens of thousands of visitors flock to the Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan campuses in Bloomington-Normal each June for the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. Nearly 2,500 are volunteers ...

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Dancing With (Dis)Ability - For Sam Dancer, CrossFit QTown It's All About Giving Back

By Brittney Saline. Reposted with permission of The Box Sam Dancer held his breath as he watched his athlete, James, wrap his thumbs around the 45-pound barbell, settling into a partial squat. ...

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Lincolnway SRA Athlete Retires After 15 Years Competing in Pentathlon

Athlete Plans to Switch Attention to Coaching On Sunday, June 14, Michelle Kendall competed in the pentathlon and 4x400-meter relay at Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games, earning gold medals in both events, ...

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First Time at Summer Games Yields Medal, Ribbon for Lisle Athlete

Kathy Esposito, 17, of Lisle, recently competed at Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games for the first time. She attended the Games with her teammates from Lisle High School, where she graduated ...

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Passing the Torch to Younger Generation of Coaches

“Each new generation is reared by its predecessor; the latter must therefore improve in order to improve its successor. The movement is circular.” - French Philosopher Emile Durkheim This statement ...

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2015 Outstanding Organization of the Year

McKendree University of Lebanon has been named the 2015 Special Olympics Illinois Outstanding Organization of the Year. Angela Red, Assistant Athletic Director, accepted the award at a reception June 12 ...

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2015 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

Ali Thompson of Lake Zurich has been named 2015 Special Olympics Illinois Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. She was honored at a reception June 12 before the Special Olympics Illinois ...

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