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Frank Olivo Competed at the First Special Olympics in Chicago

by Michele Evans.

Reposted with permission of BBC Witness

FrankOlivoIn 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 those with intellectual disabilities.

They are now held every two years in major cities around the world.

BBC Witness went back to Soldier Field to speak to Frank Olivo, a competitor at the first Special Olympics, and Anne Burke, an organizer. View segment

Witness is a World Service radio programme of the stories of our times told by the people who were there.

 

Clear Channel Chicago Selects SOILL As Partner for Clear Channel Communities

by Michele Evans.

Special Olympics Illinois to be Featured on 7 Stations During Month of September

CHICAGO, Ill.Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Chicago, one of the largest Chicago radio broadcasters with more than 5 million weekly radio listeners, has selected Special Olympics Illinois as one of the benefiting non-profit organizations included in the Clear Channel Communities initiative.

For the month of September,  Clear Channel Chicago will donate significant on air and digital airtime across its cluster of seven stations (107.5 WGCI-FM, 103.5 KISS FM, V103, Inspiration 1390AM, 95.5 El Patrón, 97.5 ESPN Deportes and 93.9 MYfm) to Special Olympics Illinois.

The Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne, Chicago White Sox’s third baseman Conor Gillaspie, Chicago Fire’s Benji Joya and Blackhawk’s Brandon Saad have all lent their voices to public service announcements that urge listeners to realize the power of sports.

Special Olympics Illinois strives to deliver high-quality training and competition in an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health and celebrates achievement. The organization currently serves about 10 percent of those eligible to participate and is always working to increase its reach.

Special Olympics Illinois is thrilled to have this opportunity to spread awareness for the nearly 21,500 traditional athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. Those interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, or about getting involved, should visit www.soill.org.

 About Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 Traditional Athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.

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Contact:

Alexandra McMillin, Special Olympics Illinois, at 630-942-5621

9th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby on Aug. 7 in Chicago

by Michele Evans.

CHICAGO – Special Olympics Illinois is gearing up for the 9th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby on Aug. 7. Join thousands of spectators watch 60,000 rubber ducks splash into the Chicago River from the Columbus Drive Bridge and race towards the finish line. Race Day kicks off at 10 a.m. at 400 N. Michigan Avenue (The Wrigley Building) with entertainment for the entire family – including the Radio Disney Chicago team and appearances by several sports mascots. Splashdown for the Duck Derby is at 1 p.m. Ducks will be sold at the event until 12:30 p.m.

The funds raised will help support year- round sports training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 Special Olympics athletes and more than 18,500 Young Athletes (ages 2-7) throughout Illinois

Adopt a duck for $5, a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25) or a Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) for your chance to win one of the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby’s great prizes including a brand new 2014 Chevy Equinox or an all-inclusive Apple Vacation. Join the conversation on Race Day using #chiduckyderby.

Duck adoption sales teams are forming throughout the area and they compete for bragging rights and great prizes. To form a Sales Team, download a registration form at duckrace.com/Chicago. If groups or companies would like more information about getting involved, contact Corinne Zollars at czollars@soill.org or call 630-942-5610.

The Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby is presented by Jewel Osco. Thank you to TD Ameritrade, Amplivox, Beemsterboer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Durham School Services, Dunkin Donuts, IlliniCare Health Plan, KIND, Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers,  Apple Vacations, Riu Palace Peninsula, Comcast Sportsnet, Chicagoland Speedway, Coca-Cola, The Shops of North Bridge, Nordstrom, Conrad Chicago Hotel, Eddie V’s, Seasons 52, Chipotle, Chicago Sun-Times, NBC 5 Chicago, Eataly, Radio Disney Chicago, RCN, 93.9 MY FM, The Wrigley Building, Shoreline Sightseeing, Chicago Water Taxi, Zeller Realty Group, Veolia Environmental Services, Wendella and The Village of Bridgeview for sponsoring the event.

About Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 Traditional Athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.

Contact:

Alexandra McMillin, 630-942-5621