Giving Tuesday

by Jeremy.

#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Thanks to the generosity of our past supporters, we have been able to serve more than 21,000 athletes, expand event options, deliver more free health screenings than ever, and train new leaders both on the court and those coaching from the sidelines.

Help us change the life of an individual with an intellectual disability by donating to Special Olympics today.  We are proud of our 46-year track record of service but there is still more we can do to reach those who have yet to benefit from participation in Special Olympics.  You can help give the power of sport to one more person!

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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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