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Charity Golf Scramble – Cancelled

Charity Golf Scramble - Cancelled

This event has been cancelled due to facility conditions.

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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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Stand Up for Downs

Stand Up for Downs

Special Olympics Illinois is happy to partner with Stand Up for Downs at a fundraiser on Saturday, September 27.  Stand Up For Downs will present "The Big Windy", a night of comedy, at ...

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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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Transforming Lives

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Zinyra Ross introduces Gov. Pat Quinn at the Brookfield Zoo

Global Messenger Introduces Gov. Quinn at Brookfield Zoo Announcement

Special Olympics athlete and Global Messenger Zinyra Ross of Aurora introduced Gov. Pat Quinn at a Brookfield Zoo press conference recently where he announced a $1 million investment for improvements designed for adults ...

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Unified Golf a Great Fit for Twins, Allows Them to Compete in Sports Together

Unified Golf a Great Fit for Twins, Allows Them to Compete in Sports Together

About 3 years ago, Kristi and Bryan Schache of Dunlap were looking for a sports activity that their then 8-year-old twin sons Joshua and Jonathan could do together. Traditional sports programs were not ...

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Plane Pull Participation Pushes Department Into Top Fundraisers

Plane Pull Participation Pushes Department Into Top Fundraisers

On Sept. 27, the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) challenges you to flex your muscles and show your strength in support of Special Olympics Illinois (SOILL). The 6th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run ...

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Athletes Come Together to Raise Awareness, Money for West Central/Area 11

Athletes Come Together to Raise Awareness, Money for West Central/Area 11

Heather Davis, Area Director of West Central/Area 11, hopes that with a little help from members at QTown Crossfit, she can start a movement of movement, all while raising awareness and money for ...

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Frank Olivo Competed at the First Special Olympics in Chicago

Frank Olivo Competed at the First Special Olympics in Chicago

Reposted with permission of BBC Witness In the summer of 1968, the first Special Olympics was held at Soldier Field in Chicago. Special Olympics has since grown to become the largest sporting event for ...

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USA Games Law Enforcement Torch Run a Life-Changing Experience

USA Games Law Enforcement Torch Run a Life-Changing Experience

By Cherese Spears, Oswego Police Department When I was first informed that I was going to be representing Illinois in the 2014 Special Olympics USA  Games Law Enforcement Torch Run, I was very excited!  ...

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