Ron Knisley Memorial Shootout

by Michele Evans.

Eight Special Olympics Illinois teams will compete in the 13th Annual Ron Knisley Memorial Shootout as part of the State Farm Holiday Classic on Dec. 30 at the Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

Special Olympics teams from Bloomington-Normal, Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, New Lenox and South Holland will compete in the Shootout. Each team will play three games in the elimination tournament. Shootout play begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues through 5:30 p.m. on Courts 1-4 at the Shirk Center. View Ron Knisley Memorial  Shootout competition schedule.

In addition, 8 Special Olympics teams will play demonstration games during half-time of each of the four Holiday Classic championship games which start at 3:30, 5:15, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Shirk Center.

The Shootout began in 2002 as a way to incorporate Special Olympics basketball teams into the Holiday Classic activities. In 2005, the Shootout was renamed the Ron Knisley Memorial Shootout in memory of Ron Knisley, Director of Sports and Competition for Special Olympics Illinois, who died earlier that year. Knisley had been a longtime Holiday Classic committee member and was instrumental in establishing the Shootout.

The Ron Knisley Memorial Shootout is a sanctioned Special Olympics Illinois event and is presented by the State Farm Holiday Classic Committee and SOAR, which is a community therapeutic recreation program that is jointly sponsored by the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal through their Parks & Recreation Departments.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs at the Shootout. View volunteer job descriptions.

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Illini Polar Plunge

by Jeremy.

Take the Plunge at Memorial Stadium!

Special Olympics Illinois is excited to partner with the University of Illinois for the inaugural Illini Plunge!  Participants have the opportunity of a lifetime, as they can take the Plunge inside Memorial Stadium, the official home of Fighting Illini football.  This is the perfect opportunity for Plungers to showcase their Illini pride and help support the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

That’s right, you get to take the Plunge ON the field, inside a pool, surrounded by your fellow Orange and Blue fans!  Participants must raise $75 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the frigid waters.

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