Special Olympics Illinois is pleased to announce their partnership with Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears tight end, to highlight the organization’s athletic, leadership, and volunteer programming statewide.
“Special Olympics Illinois is thrilled to welcome Cole Kmet as a new ambassador for the organization. Cole has shown strong passion and commitment to our mission and has perfectly fit into our community. Through his partnership, we will continue to celebrate the extraordinary potential within all our athletes, expand our community, and spread the message of inclusion,” said Pete Beale-DelVecchio, President & CEO, Special Olympics Illinois.
A Lake Barrington native, Kmet first connected with this community as a teen, volunteering for local nonprofits serving individuals with intellectual disabilities. “Supporting athletes of all ages and uplifting those in our community has always been a passion of mine. Special Olympics Illinois is doing phenomenal work championing athletes with and without intellectual disabilities across the state–both on and off the field,” added Kmet. “I’ve had the privilege of meeting several athletes recently, and they are all so incredibly talented. It’s an honor to lend my support to such a worthy cause and encourage others to do the same.”
The partnership kicks off with Kmet’s participation in the NFL’s My Cause My Cleats program this season. Kmet’s custom designed cleats will be donated to the NFL and auctioned off after Week 13, with proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Illinois.
To learn more about Special Olympics Illinois’ programming, athlete enrollment, or volunteering, visit our website.
About Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development.
If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and Twitter.