Area 18 – North Suburban Cook
Area 18 was founded in 1982 and provides programming for people in the North and Northwest Suburbs of Cook County.
There are many opportunities available for you to get involved with Special Olympics including serving as a volunteer or committee member, helping with fundraising or competing as an athlete. If you live in the Area and want to find out more about the local program, please contact the Area Director.
Jordan Feldman – Area Director
Katelin Sheppard – Manager Sports
Kristen Wisniewski – Manager Business Development & Partnerships
103 Schelter Rd., Ste. 25
Lincolnshire, IL, 60069
For more information, please view Polar Pub Crawl Flyer.
This summer, Special Olympics celebrates its 50th anniversary. It all started, July 20, 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago. What you might not know is the Special Olympics has its roots at Touch of Nature and Southern Illinois University with the pioneering work in therapeutic recreation by Dr. William Freeberg.
Freeberg was a consultant for the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation hosted by President John F. Kennedy’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver. With Freeberg’s help, Mrs. Shriver, along with Justice Anne Burke, helped kick off the first Special Olympics games and develop it into the worldwide phenomenon it is today.
You are Invited!
Children and adults are invited to Touch of Nature to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics and to honor Southern Illinois University and Touch of Nature’s very own Dr. William Freeberg. Doc Freeberg worked tirelessly to not only develop programs for SIU like Camp Little Giant but also assist in the development and founding of the Special Olympics. The ideas and programs that came from Touch of Nature are now serving nearly 5 million athletes worldwide!
Touch of Nature
Southern Illinois University
Mail Code 6888
Carbondale, IL 62901
Friday, April 6
10:00 a.m.: Opening Ceremonies: Honoring the legacy of Dr. William Freeberg.
11:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm: Change the Game Day: An inclusive community event highlighting Touch of Nature and Special Olympics activities.
Change the Game Day is a day full of fun Special Olympics-specific activities, as well as camp activities, outdoor recreation, and traditional sports activities. It’s a little something for everyone. Food vendors will be on site this day.
Register today to participate in this free event!
For more information, please view Lake Sara Dam Run Flyer.
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