2014 Outstanding Family
Bill, Jill, Caitlin, Lindsey and Brenna Asbury of Du Quoin have been named 2014 Special Olympics Illinois Outstanding Family of the Year. They were honored at a reception June 13 before the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games Opening Ceremonies at Illinois State University in Normal.
The Outstanding Family Award recognizes a family with a Special Olympics athlete that has made unique and lasting contributions not only benefiting their athletes but also every aspect of the Special Olympics Illinois program.
Bill Asbury serves on the Polar Plunge Committee and the Spring Games Planning Committee. Bill Asbury was also named Citizen of the Year in Du Quoin, in 2013. This award was directly attributed to the work he is doing in Southern/Area 15 and the lives he has transformed along the way.
Bill and Jill’s youngest daughter, Brenna is the reason the Asbury family got involved in the Special Olympics. Breanna competes with Special Olympics Illinois in bocce, softball, aquatics, athletics (track and field) and gymnastics. She is also an ambassador for the local program and was featured in a PSA created as part of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign. Brenna also sings “God Bless America” at local events and serves as a sponsor and team host at the Indoor Softball Fundraiser in Du Quoin.
Bill and Jill Asbury are always trying to give the athletes the most opportunities they can to experience all aspects of life. Jill serves Area 15 as a key volunteer at local events and also serves on Family Committee as well.
In addition, the fundraising efforts of their family have helped the organization raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Asbury family also started the Girls Indoor Winter Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament five years ago which has generated over $250,000 in its first five years including over $62,000 in 2013. Bill Asbury also started a Boy’s Baseball Winter Indoor Classic in 2013 that generated almost $9,000 in its first year.