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Jewel-Osco Making a Difference for Our Athletes

Jewel-Osco will be relaunching their at-register fundraising campaign through their “Making Change” donation program called “Change for Champions” in support of Special Olympics Illinois this July. This program will run from July 1-31 at ...

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2015 World Summer Games

Special Olympics Illinois is proud to announce that 15 athletes and 8 coaches from Illinois have been named to Special Olympics USA. The 491 member delegation will represent the United ...

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  Nelarusky is an annual benefit for Special Olympics Illinois, now nine years running, that doubles as an Official Lollapalooza After Show. This year Nelarusky will be featuring artist Toro Y Moi. Young Entrepreneur Lauren ...

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Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch

The Law Enforcement Torch Run and Texas Roadhouse will once again partner for the 5th annual Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch for Special Olympics Illinois. Over the last four years, this ...

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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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State Tennis

What is State Tennis? State Tennis is one of 8 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Tennis, Unified Tennis and Tennis Individual Skills. State Tennis ...

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Plane Pull

Registration What is the 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. That’s right, the plane ...

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Miss Quincy's Advocacy Platform Near and Dear to Her Heart

Montanna Neisen, 20, was named Miss Quincy 2015 in March and since then she taken the  opportunity to make a difference and advocate for Special Olympics. Montanna knows the importance ...

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Longtime Area 2 Director Sandy Hutchins Retires

When Sandy Hutchins became an Area Director for Special Olympics, her Area office was one of only 3 in Illinois. A lot of has changed in the last 41 years ...

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Father and Son Team Contribute to Darling Ducklings Sales

Last year, the Darling Ducklings sold a record setting 11,000 duck adoptions for the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby. This team, comprised of Special Olympics Illinois athletes from across the ...

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Coaster Challenge Offers Exclusive Ride Time, Miles of Fun

Last year Special Olympics Illinois debuted a brand new fundraiser called the Coaster Challenge. The inaugural Coaster Challenge included more than 200 registered participants who raised $50,000. One of last year’s ...

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American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary Feed Thousands During Summer Games

Tens of thousands of visitors flock to the Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan campuses in Bloomington-Normal each June for the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. Nearly 2,500 are volunteers ...

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Dancing With (Dis)Ability - For Sam Dancer, CrossFit QTown It's All About Giving Back

By Brittney Saline. Reposted with permission of The Box Sam Dancer held his breath as he watched his athlete, James, wrap his thumbs around the 45-pound barbell, settling into a partial squat. ...

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Lincolnway SRA Athlete Retires After 15 Years Competing in Pentathlon

Athlete Plans to Switch Attention to Coaching On Sunday, June 14, Michelle Kendall competed in the pentathlon and 4x400-meter relay at Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games, earning gold medals in both events, ...

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