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2017 World Winter Games

What is World Games Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for Special Olympics World Games. Alternating ...

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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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IHSA / Special Olympics Illinois Unified Basketball Tournament

  Location The games will be held in the March Madness Experience Hall at the Peoria Civic Center.  The March Madness Experience, includes interactive games, historical exhibits and good times.  It is ...

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You Raise Me Up Concert

Tickets will be available starting February 1st. Come on out for the 8th Annual You Raise Me Up concert. We will be featuring the performing talents of: The STARS of College ...

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Knights of Columbus at Chicago Wolves

K of C and the Wolves: Hungry to Help SOILL Do you like to help Special Olympic Illinois athletes AND have fun while doing it?  Here’s your chance!  On Sunday, April ...

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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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Transforming Lives

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The Sweet Sting of Support

Sparks of support and encouragement come in many forms, but little did Simyra Ross know that her daughter’s would come in the form of creatures with four or more legs.  ...

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Pontiac Respect Day

Pontiac Respect Day Video

Pontiac High School produced this awesome video in recognition of Spread the Word to End the Word day. These kids put words into action and walk the walk of inclusion ...

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A Will and A Way

92-year-old Champaign area resident, Lyle Cole, has unique dunk technique raising money for the Mohamet Polar Plunge….” When Speech Pathologist and SOILL Family Ambassador, Kathleen Williams, wore her Law Enforcement Torch ...

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World Games Final Leg Runner, Dennis Reilly, ‘Honored & Humbled’

Dennis Reilly, Tinley Park Police Officer and member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, is packing his bags for an experience of a lifetime March 14th ...

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The Young Professionals Board (YPB) of Special Olympics Illinois hosted their sixth annual fundraising event to benefit the athletes in the Chicago/Area 3 program.  “Thanks-for-Giving”, a wine and beer tasting ...

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Special Olympics Illinois Area 3/Chicago Basketball Competitions

Athletes from across the city of Chicago competed in a variety of both Basketball Teams and Individual Basketball Skills competitions for the chance to win the Gold Medal and advance ...

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George's Gang

Our polar plunge team, "George's Gang," is plunging in honor of our dear friend and coworker, Ellen "George" Tarrant, who passed away in August 2016. At work she was referred ...

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