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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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Inspire Greatness Gala

Inspire Greatness Gala

2014 Gala The 2014 Special Olympics Illinois Inspire Greatness Gala will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014.  The event returns to the Four Seasons, with Dan Doheny, Chief Financial Officer, Reyes Holdings chairing ...

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Fall Games

Fall Games

What is Fall Games? Fall Games is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those winning a gold medal at a local event in Volleyball and those participating in ...

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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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Daniel Johnson enjoys CAMP with counselors Christina and Lily

Athlete's Involvement in Special Olympics Gives Him, Family Opportunities

Daniel Johnson, 13, of Normal has been involved with Special Olympics since he was in third grade. He competes in basketball individual skills competition and athletics (50-meter run and tennis ball throw) through ...

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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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