WMIX has been named 2015 Special Olympics Illinois Outstanding Media of the Year. Chris Hugo, WMIX Sports Director and Account Executive, accepted the award at a reception on June 12 before the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games Opening Ceremony at Illinois State University in Normal.
The Outstanding Media Award recognizes an individual or organization that has helped communicate and/or promote Special Olympics Illinois and the achievements of its athletes, coaches and volunteers locally, Area or statewide through news features and/or other presentations.
WMIX Radio of Mt. Vernon has been a supporter of Special Olympics Illinois for 5 years. Withers Broadcasting and WMIX are multi-year media partners for the Rend Lake Polar Plunge providing on-air promotions. In addition, WMIX worked with Special Olympics in 2014-2015 at the Friday Night High School Pack-the-Place Event.
Hugo has personally worked with Special Olympics Illinois for 3 years. He and sports broadcast partner Danny Czerwinski promote Special Olympics Illinois via social media retweeting scores, results and pictures of every Mt. Vernon Township High School Special Olympics event. In the past year, Hugo and Mt. Vernon Rams Football Coach Jared Shaner live broadcasted the Friday Night High School Pack-the-Place Event. Not only do they help with the promotion of Special Olympics Illinois, Hugo and WMIX-FM Afternoon Drive Host Dawson Koontz have also served as volunteers. At the Special Olympics fundraiser Slam Jam Contest, they have volunteered to serve as Emcees.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and completion in 19 sports for nearly 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 21,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills, and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soilll.org.
Michele Evans at 309-888-2573