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Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch

This July, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Texas Roadhouse will partner four our 6thannual Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch for Special Olympics Illinois.  In 2015, this event raised more than ...

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Duck Derby

Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby

What is the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby? It’s a signature annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois! The 11th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby is tentatively scheduled to take place ...

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State Tennis

What is State Tennis? State Tennis is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Tennis, Unified Tennis and Tennis Individual Skills. State Tennis ...

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Illinois Plane Pull

What is the Plane Pull? Special Olympics Illinois and the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run have partnered together to host a Plane Pull event at two locations in 2016.  The first ...

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Transforming Lives

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Exercise Enthusiasts, Special Olympics Athletes Pull Together at Row Raiser

A lot of respect was earned, friendships were made and more than $41,000 was raised as 722 CrossFit and Special Olympics athletes cheered each other on in the first statewide ...

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Foundation Golf Outing Special Guest Illustrates Success of Inclusive Sports

On June 27, Special Olympics Illinois’ Foundation Board held its 2nd Annual Foundation Golf Outing at Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette. The sold-out event, which raised $107,000 to support the organization’s ...

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Athletes Looking to Explore New Opportunities with Special Olympics Through Public Speaking

Athletes, do you have a passion for sport? For Special Olympics? Would you like to share your stories with others so that they might become more aware and more engaged ...

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Klawitter Family is Role Model for Family Leadership

Volunteers were busy handing out sunscreen, lip balm and UV bracelets to athletes and coaches throughout the weekend of the 2016 Special Olympics Summer Games in Normal. The Sun Safety ...

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Raising the Bar at the Brickhouse: Jimmy Peterlich’s Night to Shine

For many high school seniors and juniors, the thoughts of “what comes after high school?” occur often, and Jimmy Peterlich of Charleston High School is no different from his peers ...

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Family Leadership Team

Family Leadership Program Off to a Great Start

Special Olympics Illinois is excited to introduce our newest team of Family Ambassadors! A Family Leadership workshop was held Saturday, May 14, in Lincolnshire to further engage and educate family ...

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Siblings Experience Summer Games for First Time

Diana and Daniel (Danny) Barraza of Chicago participated in their first Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games this year. The sweltering heat did not stop the siblings from bringing their excitement ...

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