Coaster Challenge Stories

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.


Special Olympics Illinois and Six Flags Great America Hosted the 5th Annual Coaster Challenge


 

Special Olympics Illinois hosted the 5th Annual Coaster Challenge on September 15, 2018, at Six Flags Great America.  The event included over 170 registered participants who raised more than 56,000 to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

Participants registered and fundraised, and were able to ride the distance of a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon on Six Flags Great America’s world-class roller coasters. 2018 Coaster Challenge Ambassador, Bryce Giron gave a speech to the group as well as event organizer Jen Marcello.

All Coaster Challenge participants received early entry to the park and were able to ride the Whizzer and Raging Bull before the park opened to the public. All participants received a Flash Pass to all roller coasters in the park once the park opened to the public.

Once participants completed their ridding distance, medals were awarded, and participants were able to stay and enjoy all the benefits that Six Flags had to offer.

Thank you to Six Flags Great America, Daily Herald, Chicago’s B96, Outfront Media, and Chicago Bucket List for sponsoring this event.

Fundraisers like the Coaster Challenge help to sustain the mission of Special Olympics into the next 50 years.

PHOTOS FROM THE 2018 COASTER CHALLENGE CAN BE FOUND HERE


Meet the 2019 Unified Coaster Challenge Ambassadors:


 

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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 Lily from Schaumburg


 

About Lily

Thirteen year old Lily Pasquarelli is an eighth grader at Jane Addams  Junior High. After participating in the Polar Plunge earlier in the year, Lily has set her sights on riding the distance of a marathon at the Six Flags Coaster Challenge benefiting Special Olympics Illinois on September 24. To date, Lily has surpassed $1,000.

Lily’s Association to Special Olympics

Lily and MatthewLily has an affiliation to Special Olympics because one of her Coaster Challenge team members son Matthew is an athlete. Lily met Matthew several years ago while being a buddy in her softball program with the Bartlett Challengers Baseball League, a team that Matthew plays with. Matthew and his family came out to support Lily in the Polar Plunge and his parents joined Lily’s team for the Coaster Challenge.

Says Lily, “I love raising money for Special Olympics! It’s a fun way to raise money and awareness for a great cause. I love helping Special Olympics and riding roller coasters so it’s a perfect combination.”

If you would like to help Lily reach her fundraising goal, please visit her page at https://soill.donordrive.com/participant/Lily to make a donation.

 


Couple to Ride Marathon Worth of Roller Coasters for SOILL


 

This September, roller coaster enthusiasts will unite at Six Flags Great America for Special Olympics Illinois.

Dennis and Deborah Martin are among those who will compete in the 3rd Annual Coaster Challenge on Sept. 25. This is the couple’s first year participating in the Coaster Challenge or any Special Olympics Illinois fundraiser, though they have watched other events to support Dennis’ sister.

CoasterChallenge_4c---2016-orangeThe Martins are members of American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) – a non-profit organization founded in 1978 that focuses on the knowledge, enjoyment, and preservation of roller coasters.

“I have loved coasters since I was very young and found that Dennis really enjoys them too,” Deborah explains.

Participants can choose to sign up to ride a 5K, 10K or Marathon worth of world-class roller coasters with fundraising minimums and incentives increasing with each level. Dennis and Deborah will both compete in the Marathon level and to that end have raised a combined $1,225 so far.

When asked if they have any tips on fundraising, Deborah says she has mainly spread the word on social media, asking friends and family to support their efforts.

“We really enjoy being able to do something we love to do to raise money and awareness of such a great program.”

After their race is complete, medals will be awarded and participants can feel free to stay and enjoy all the benefits that Six Flags has to offer – including Fright Fest.

Coaster Challenge participants and donors will likely find the Martins in line for the Viper.

“We both love traditional wood coasters and (Six Flags Great America’s) is kept in wonderful condition.”

Registration is now open at www.coasterchallenge.com.