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Casey's & Coca-Cola team up to Support Special Olympics

During the entire month of June, Casey’s General Store and Coca Cola are teaming up to benefit Special Olympics! You can be part of the team!  Just stop by your local ...

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Row Raiser

What is the Row Raiser? Teams of 10 will pull on a row machine the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) in the shortest amount of time. The event with begin ...

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Chicago Fire Unified Soccer All Stars

Created with the goal of bringing people together, Special Olympics Unified Sports teams have more than half a million participants worldwide who work together to break down stereotypes about people ...

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Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby

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

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Five-O at the Dirty O

What is Five-O at the Dirty O Five-O at the Dirty O is a Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. It is a stock car race in ...

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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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Outdoor Sports Festival

What is Outdoor Sports Festival? Outdoor Sports Festival is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Softball and Golf. Young Athletes will have ...

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Spring Games Volunteers with Disabilities Support Their Peers

Special Olympics Illinois hosted 19 Spring Games throughout the state and these events saw almost 10,000 athletes competing over a 3-week span. Volunteers are integral to the success of these ...

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Dad, I Can Do It

Running has not traditionally been the sport of choice for the Baxter family, so when Melani and Doug’s daughter Riley said she wanted to run the 800 meter race for ...

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Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run State Committee Adds Athlete to Member Roster

For the first time, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has added an Athlete Liaison to the State Committee. Special Olympics Illinois athlete, Rikki Kirsch of Shorewood, proudly joins the group. ...

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World Game Austria: An Amazing Experience

By Alexandra McMillin I began working for Special Olympics Illinois in April of 2014, before which I had never been to a Special Olympics event of any kind. I remember sitting ...

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Flag Football, and Athletes, and Bears… OH YES!

The students and athletes at Hersey High in Arlington Heights have become pros at the concept of inclusion, so it only seemed natural to take their example to the next ...

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Coach Andrea Gallardo & the Bloom Township High School Girls Basketball Team

Bloom Township High School’s Girls Basketball team is a great group of players with extremely giving hearts. Coach Andrea Gallardo likes her team to focus on giving back to the ...

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Alia Zander shoots a puck for Special Olympics

The Blackhawks invited Alia Zander, who is a Special Olympics Illinois Young Professional Board member in Chicago, to Shoot the Puck at one of their games. She was shooting on ...

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