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State Floor Hockey

State Floor Hockey

What is State Floor Hockey? State Floor Hockey is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Floor Hockey. State Floor Hockey is hosted at Northeastern Illinois ...

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State Bowling

State Bowling

What is State Bowling? State Bowling is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in bowling. State Bowling is hosted at Landmark Lanes in Peoria. Competition State Bowling is ...

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Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge

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

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Harley-Davidson Raffle

Harley-Davidson Raffle

On October 17, six finalists were drawn for the Kane County Chiefs of Police Association's Harley-Davidson Raffle. A finalist party will be held in November and one finalist will receive the bike, the ...

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Jacobs High School’s Special Olympics Program Blossoms

Jacobs High School's Special Olympics Program Blossoms

It was seven years ago that Jim Blaseck, a physical education instructor at Jacobs High School of Algonquin, began the school’s Special Olympics program. Previously, sporting opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities had ...

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Josh Padilla, Who Has Autism, Scores Touchdown for Leyden

Josh Padilla, Who Has Autism, Scores Touchdown for Leyden

By Michael Stainbrook, Tribune reporter. Posted with permission of Chicago Tribune Josh Padilla wears No. 71 on game days. He is listed as a senior kicker on Leyden’s roster. He is a team captain ...

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Athlete Bowls Perfect Game at Sectional Bowling Tournament

Athlete Bowls Perfect Game at Sectional Bowling Tournament

Valerie Gagilano, 30, of Wheeling bowled the game of her life on Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Northeast Sectional Bowling at Stardust Bowl, Addison, by bowling a perfect game of 300. Stardust Bowl presented ...

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Inspire Greatness Gala to Feature Junior High Student’s Story

Inspire Greatness Gala to Feature Junior High Student's Story

Meet Deming Fanslau, the featured athlete at the 2014 Inspire Greatness Gala. In addition to being a Special Olympics athlete, Deming is a Global Messenger and member of the Project UNIFY Youth Activation ...

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Athlete’s Family Caps Her Outstanding Year with Brick Purchase

Athlete's Family Caps Her Outstanding Year with Brick Purchase

Athlete Taylor Reidel, 24, of Normal, has had quite a year with Special Olympics and one that she will never forget. Taylor competed in athletics at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in ...

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Longtime Volunteer Instrumental in Success of Special Olympics Golf

Longtime Volunteer Instrumental in Success of Special Olympics Golf

Longtime Special Olympics Illinois volunteer Bob Gavelek is retiring on Oct. 31 from his career as a golf pro. Gavelek has been supporting and working closely with Special Olympics Illinois Far Western Suburban/Area 2 ...

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