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Events Cancelled

The District E Bocce Tournament in LaSalle and the Rockford Young Athlete Culminating Event scheduled for Saturday, April 25, in Rockford have been cancelled. The poor weather conditions at the facilities ...

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2015 Spring Games

The weather is getting warmer and, for Special Olympics Illinois athletes everywhere, that means soon it will be time for Spring Games! Special Olympics Illinois hosts 19 Spring Games throughout ...

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Unified Relay Across America

  Overview The Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, presented by Bank of America, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for America to unite and build communities of respect and inclusion.  Over the course ...

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Summer Games

Summer Games

What is Summer Games? Summer Games is Special Olympics Illinois premiere sports competition with more than  4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,500 ...

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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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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, raise funds and ride the ...

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Transforming Lives

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Practice Good Sportsmanship in the Stands, Not Just on the Field

While some might think that the practice of good sportsmanship is limited to the athletes and coaches on the field, the fact is that fans play a critical role in ...

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Shamrock Shuffle A Tradition for Maxwell Family

The Shamrock Shuffle, an annual 8K race in Chicago's Grant Park, has a special meaning for the Maxwell family of Barrington. Patriarch Joe Maxwell began running the race in 1986. Little ...

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Heartland/Area 6 Team Puts 'Unified' in Unified Relay Across America

On Tuesday, June 9, a Unified group of 14 Central Illinois residents under the team name of Heartland/Area 6 will head to Southern Illinois to run a half-mile in the ...

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Athlete, Unified Partner Find Friendship Amid Sports

In 2008, Drew White, 22, of Normal joined Special Olympics competing with Special Opportunities Available in Recreation (SOAR). He competes in athletics, aquatics, basketball, tennis, volleyball and bowling. He is ...

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Athlete Awarded 'Honorary Maestro' Title at You Raise Me Up Concert

Special Olympics Illinois athlete Dan James has been competing in Far West Suburban/Area 2 for more than 20 years. But sports are not the only thing he excels in – ...

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At Capitol Hill Day, Athlete Learns He is Important

Alex Huegen, 14, of Bartelso, a Special Olympics Illinois athlete and Global Messenger, represented Illinois at Special Olympics’ 12th annual Capitol Hill Day on March 18 in Washington, D.C. Throughout ...

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