The use of the R-Word is hurtful and demeaning to people with intellectual disabilities. Join Special Olympics and youth leaders in eliminating the use of the words “retard” or “retarded” ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 hosted ... Read More
WWE Superstars, Divas and executives as well as Special Olympics Illinois USA Games athletes, participated in a community event basketball game on Monday, March 3, to celebrate 100 days until ... Read More
At the Carlyle Lake Polar Plunge on Feb. 22, among the 413 plungers was St. Louis Rams Pro Bowler Johnny Hekker.
Hekker led the charge into the frigid waters alongside 17 ... Read More
Dr. Sandra S. Block, a major presence at Special Olympics Illinois’ Opening Eyes events, recently received one of the American Academy of Optometry’s highest honors - the Carel C. Koch ... Read More
Unlike most snowbirds, Special Olympics athlete Joe Grove leaves sunny Arizona to return to his home town of Flanaga, Illinois, each year because he misses winter weather. While here, he ... Read More
Editor’s Note: Eric Baumann of Vienna, Illinois, was the third-place winner in Special Olympics Illinois’ Share Your Story Contest.
Special Olympics has been a huge part of 30-year-old Eric Baumann’s life ... Read More
By Eric Baumann of Vienna, Illinois
I have been doing Special Olympics since I was in 5th grade, about 10 years old. Since then, I have been hooked! Special Olympics helped ... Read More