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Polar Plunge

  What is the Polar Plunge? The Polar Plunge, presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a dip into ...

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Winter Games

Weather Statement Due to the Winter Weather Advisory in effect through early Wednesday morning, we have been forced to cancel Tuesday's competition as well as the Opening Ceremony.  As always the ...

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Chicago Corporate Cup

  The CapAbilities Network, an associate network within Capital One, will be the primary sponsor of the first Chicago Corporate Cup, an inter-company basketball tournament benefitting Special Olympics Illinois. This tournament ...

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First Look for Charity

The 2016 First Look for Charity Auto Show Preview Event will be held Friday, Feb. 12, at McCormick Place in Chicago, and we are honored to return as one of ...

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Skating Championships

What is the Skating Championships? The Skating Championships are one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in figure skating and speed skating.  The Skating ...

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State Basketball

What is State Basketball? State Basketball is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in team and individual skills basketball.  State Basketball is held ...

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SOARing For a Great Cause

Ritchie D’Cotsa of Bloomington has been plunging since 2011 when his friend, Lisa Hayward, recruited him. At that time, D’Costa’s son Blair was hospitalized in the ICU. Hayward printed a ...

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Tech Athletics Hosts Special Olympics High School Basketball

Originally posted by the Illinois Institute of Technology CHICAGO, Ill. – Last Wednesday and Thursday, the Illinois Institute of Technology Athletic Department and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee played host to Special ...

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Father and Daughter Duo Create Tradition at Plunge

Courtney Lindsey and her father, Steve, have been participating in the Decatur Polar Plunge for 13 years together. The annual Plunge has created a special bond between the two. Lindsey originally ...

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Chicago Fire Unified Soccer

Chicago Fire Soccer Club, SOILL Partner to Create Unified Sports Soccer Team

Special Olympics Illinois has an exciting announcement to make!  We are again partnering with the Chicago Fire Soccer Club to create a Chicago Fire Unified Soccer All Star team. This ...

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Mother, Son Enjoy First Volunteer Experience

By Amanda Akers, Morton My son, Lex, and I volunteered for the first time with the Special Olympics Illinois. I’ve done some volunteering in the past with other organizations, but got ...

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Chicago/Area 3 Welcomes Back Alpine Skiing; Amundsen HS Hits the Slopes

Alpine skiing is arguably one of the most difficult sports offered through Special Olympics Illinois and earlier this month SOILL Chicago/Area 3 athletes were up for the challenge. For the first ...

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Retired Police Master Sergeant Can't Stop Plunging

Retired Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Diane Vanderkooy is truly a trailblazer within Special Olympics. From handing out medals at Spring Games to raising money for the Law Enforcement Torch ...

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