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Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch

Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch

Texas Roadhouse restaurants will be teaming up with local law enforcement officers on Friday, July 25, for a Benefit Lunch. Local officers will serve a “free” lunch of a limited menu from 11 a.m. ...

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Nelarusky

Nelarusky

Nelarusky 2014 will feature performances by Dominican born, Los Angeles based new wave/chill wave/synth pop artist Twin Shadow, electronic musicians Sylvan Esso (set to perform at the AV Club/Hideout Block Party on Saturday, September 6th ...

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July Change for Champions

July Change for Champions

This July 1st through July 31st  Jewel-Osco is launching a register campaign. Through their “Making Change” donation program called “Change for Champions”, customers will be encouraged to make a $1, $3 or $5 donation in ...

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Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby

Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby

What is the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby? It’s a signature annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois! Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby on Thursday, August 7, 2014*!  Thousands ...

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State Tennis

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 is hosted at ...

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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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Transforming Lives

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Alex Kallenbach with Don Vock, coach for the Rockford Red Hots

Special Olympics Helps Rockford Athlete Learn to Change and Adapt

Alex Kallenbach, 29, of Rockford, has Fragile X Syndrome and change makes him uncomfortable. However, since getting involved with Special Olympics in high school, “his ability to deal with change has improved steadily,” ...

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We All Need to Connect

We All Need to Connect

By Angela Kallenbach of Rockford, mother of athlete Alex Kallenbach Let me preface this with a quote I once heard, "In this world, we all need to connect." Our son, Alex, was on sensory overload ...

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Darling Ducklings Busy Selling Adoptions for Derby

Darling Ducklings Busy Selling Adoptions for Derby

Last year, the Darling Ducklings Sales Team was a force to be reckoned with. This group of 33 athletes, led by Special Olympics Illinois staff member Leona Brescher, sold almost 6,500 ducks which ...

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L-R: Tricia Brawley,

Trio Develops Friendship Through Volunteering

Special Olympics creates strong friendships between athletes, volunteers and families. That’s true for volunteers Sarah Moss, 27, of Wood Dale; Tricia Brawley, 22, of Arlington Heights; and Vicky Plikas, 32, of Mount Prospect. Even ...

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USA Games Athlete, Trainer Develop Friendship in the Gym

USA Games Athlete, Trainer Develop Friendship in the Gym

Brent Kampert was one of the 52 athletes Special Olympics Illinois who competed in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey in June. He won a silver medal in the 100-meter ...

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Rams’ Johnny Hekker Attends Summer Games

Rams' Johnny Hekker Attends Summer Games

St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker made a special trip to Normal on June 13 for the 2014 Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. Hekker spent the day cheering on the athletes competing in soccer ...

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