50 Years of Golden Inspiration

On February 6th, 7th, and 8th, Galena will once again welcome athletes from throughout the state for the Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games.  It will also be one particular athlete’s chance to be golden… again. Just a few months before the first Special Olympics games at Soldier Field in Chicago, the world welcomed Mike Barry….

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The man who put “Special” into Special Olympics

Many people had a hand in what is one of the momentous events in Special Olympics history, the very first games at Soldier Field on July 20, 1968. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, Mayor Richard J Daley, Chicago Park District Superintendent Bill McFetridge, to name a few. Of course, the 1,000…

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