Signature Fundraisers Stories

Special Olympics Illinois Lottery Ticket Available Feb. 2


 
Tickets available for purchase Feb. 2, 2020

For the entire month of February, purchase your $2 Illinois Lottery ticket for a chance to win up to $20,000! Tickets are available at your local retailers. 100% of the profits to benefit Special Olympics.

For more information and to find a retailer, please visit the Illinois Lottery website.


Chicago Baseball Night, Special Olympics fundraiser, in Autism Certified City of Mesa, AZ


 

Due to concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus, and from the guidance of Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Illinois and Special Olympics Arizona have made the difficult decision to cancel the Chicago Baseball Night event. The safety of our athletes, families, donors, and volunteers is always our top priority. We are looking forward to coming back together for this event next year!


Experience a Chicago style St. Patrick’s Day party after the Cubs Game! The event is a traditional Chi-rish party filled with your favorite sports celebrities comically entertaining the crowd!

What a great way to enhance your spring training trip, by going to Chicago Baseball Night for Special Olympics on March 14, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at The Sheraton in Wrigleyville West, Mesa, Arizona. Experience this Chicago-style St. Patrick’s Day party after the Cubs or White Sox game, hosted by comedian Marc Cordes.

Featuring: Chicago Cubs Manager David Ross, Chicago Cub Kyle Schwarber,  Joe Mantegna of Criminal Minds (the original Bleacher Bum), Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher, Chicago Cubs Mark Grace, Chicago Bulls Scotty Williams, Dennis Gardeck Arizona Cardinals, and many more.

All proceeds benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois and Special Olympics Arizona.

Chicago Baseball Night tickets start at $75 per person and include live entertainment, a Chicago-themed buffet, and two drink tickets. VIP Tickets are $500 per person and include a pre-event tailgate party with celebrity interaction, open bar, premium buffet, and entertainment.

Appropriately, this event will be held in Mesa, the first-ever Autism Certified City in the U.S. designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), the result of nearly a year-long quest to tailor travel experiences for individuals with autism and their families.


In total, almost 60 businesses and organizations in Mesa and the surrounding area completed autism certification training, and are now each deemed a Certified Autism Center by IBCCES. The effort was immediately embraced by other city factions including the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and numerous nonprofit organizations. More than 500 Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities employees and 1,200 plus Mesa Police Department public safety and law enforcement officers are fully committed to autism certification training. To date, nearly 4,000 community members have completed or committed to the autism certification.


For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.chicagobaseballnight.org.


Meet the 2019 Unified Coaster Challenge Ambassadors:


 

Meet the 2019 Unified Coaster Challenge Ambassadors

Special Olympics Illinois athlete and Unified Partner, Anna Scholler and Sydney Baumstark are the 2019 Unified Coaster Challenge ambassadors. Anna and Sydney, both Libertyville residents, became friends through Special Olympics. They play on a Unified soccer team called the Libertyville Storm. The girls share a love for soccer and roller coasters.

Anna has been a Special Olympics athlete for several years. She competes in basketball, bocce, bowling, floor hockey, track & field, and soccer. Anna just recently graduated from Libertyville High School.

Sydney is a sophomore at Libertyville high school. She believes being involved in Special Olympics as a Unified Partner is very important. Being a Unified Partner, Sydney has learned the power and positivity of sport.

“We are more similar then we are different, regardless of our ability level. We all have the opportunity to succeed through sport,” said Sydney.

Anna and Sydney are true thrill-seekers In their free time, you will find Anna and Sydney on their favorite roller coasters, the Raging Bull and X-Flight. Anna and Sydney are honored and excited to be the Unified Coaster Challenge Ambassadors this year.


Meet the 2019 Unified Coaster Challenge Ambassadors:


 

Meet the 2019 Unified Coaster Challenge Ambassadors

Special Olympics Illinois athlete and Unified Partner, Anna Scholler and Sydney Baumstark are the 2019 Unified Coaster Challenge ambassadors. Anna and Sydney, both Libertyville residents, became friends through Special Olympics. They play on a Unified soccer team called the Libertyville Storm. The girls share a love for soccer and roller coasters.

Anna has been a Special Olympics athlete for several years. She competes in basketball, bocce, bowling, floor hockey, track & field, and soccer. Anna just recently graduated from Libertyville High School.

Sydney is a sophomore at Libertyville high school. She believes being involved in Special Olympics as a Unified Partner is very important. Being a Unified Partner, Sydney has learned the power and positivity of sport.

“We are more similar then we are different, regardless of our ability level. We all have the opportunity to succeed through sport,” said Sydney.

Anna and Sydney are true thrill-seekers In their free time, you will find Anna and Sydney on their favorite roller coasters, the Raging Bull and X-Flight. Anna and Sydney are honored and excited to be the Unified Coaster Challenge Ambassadors this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Coaster Challenge Benefits & Incentives


 

BENEFITS & INCENTIVES 

5K Rider – $150 fundraising minimum or $100 for current season pass holders

  • Free entrance into Six Flags Great America
  • Parking Pass (Value $25) – If the packet is picked up prior to the day of the event
  • Free Continental Breakfast
  • Official Coaster Challenge athletic shirt
  • Tracking pass
  • Medal upon completion
  • Entrance via The Flash Pass for easy access to rides until 1 p.m.
  • Early access to Raging Bull, Max Force, and Whizzer prior to park opening starting at 11 a.m.  Priority seats will be given to those completing the Marathon then Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

10 K Rider – $300 fundraising minimum

  • All of the above prizes, plus
  • Official Coaster Challenge 10K Incentive: Retractable Small Gray LED Lantern
  • Lunch voucher for the day of the event
  • Entrance via The Flash Pass until 3 p.m.

Half Marathon Rider – $500 fundraising minimum

  • All of the above prizes, plus
  • Official Coaster Challenge Half Marathon Item: 12 oz. Urban Peak® 3-in-1 Insulator Travel Cup
  • Entrance via The Flash Pass for easy access to rides until 5 p.m.
  • 2020 return ticket for the park

Marathon Rider– $1,000 fundraising minimum

  • All of the above prizes, plus
  • Official Coaster Challenge Marathon Item: Branded Jacket
  • Upgrade your 2020 return ticket to a 2020 Six Flags Great America Season Pass
  • Entrance via The Flash Pass for easy access to rides ALL DAY

Mini Marathoners (children ages 10 and under)

  • Ride the equivalent of a 5k on the Whizzer before 11 a.m. or other coasters after the park opens.
  • Fundraising minimums and prizes are the same as above for 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon levels