Support Life-Changing Programming for Athletes Like Heaven

This is a story on Heaven. For Mary Jo Fromm, Heaven can refer to a few things. Heaven is where her grandparents are. Heaven is a bowling lane, somewhere in the Midwest. And most importantly, Heaven is her daughter, a Special Olympics Illinois athlete, on her way to the State Bowling Tournament this December. Heaven…

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Help Continue to Unleash the Human Spirit for Athletes Like Bree

  On Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, Special Olympics Illinois athlete, Bree, completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon along with 40,000 fellow running enthusiasts. Bree said, “My determination and my love to run and wanting to achieve something this big kept me motivated.” During the race, she received messages of encouragement from her friends and…

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A Message from Our President & CEO

To the Special Olympics Illinois Community, Gratitude, I’ve come to realize, can also be a verb. There’s been so much action in the past year at Special Olympics Illinois, and I have each of you to thank for that. This time of year, it’s easy to be what I like to call, “retroactively grateful.” It’s…

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Announcing Our Historic Partnership in Rockford

    Special Olympics Illinois and Rockford Publics Schools announced a historic partnership with the Special Olympics North America Unified Champion City Schools (UCCS) initiative last Thursday. UCCS is a focused approach to amplify the essential elements of Unified Champion Schools (UCS) within city school districts. UCS utilizes three interconnected components for social inclusion in…

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