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Kinzi Loyd – A Star Who Shines Through Giving


Kinzi Loyd is a 29 year-old athlete who lives with her parents in Eldorado, Illinois. Born with Cerebral Palsy and Leigh’s Disease, Kinzi faces multiple motor challenges and depends on her mother and other family members for daily care. She is able to verbally communicate with those who are familiar with her, however she uses a communication device to communicate with others. Kinzi enjoys learning and, despite her limited motor skills, she is able to use a fisted knuckle on one hand to type on her iPad and laptop.

Kinzi has participated in Special Olympics Illinois for several years, and she is always ready for a challenge. For example, she competes in bowling the best way that she can – by bowling with her foot! She also enjoys competing in Spring and Summer Games, as well as basketball skills and motor skills.

When not on the field of play, Kinzi helps with Special Olympics Illinois fundraising events and serves as a Global Messenger for Region K. She participates in the annual Polar Plunge and Ducky Derby, and was recently chosen to be Duck Ambassador for her region in 2021. 

After graduating high school, Kinzi attended an outside workshop for adults with disabilities. She later decided that she wanted to pursue different avenues and started volunteering at the local elementary school. She worked with pre-school students and helped teachers by providing for and participating in activities with the students. She also worked at a nearby hair salon where she folded towels with the assistance of a personal support worker. 

When COVID cases continued to rise, Kinzi had to give up her volunteer work and also her position at the salon, but she did not let that stop her.  She loves to stay busy and keep her mind and body active. Despite her challenges, she is determined to continue to live a productive and rewarding life by helping others.

Over the years, her uncle has taught her about electronics and how to use various equipment for recording.  With some assistance, adaptations, and modifications, Kinzi was able to make recordings and decided to offer a special service to others from her home. She now helps families by taking VHS home movies and converting them to DVD format. She uses her computer to design a label and cover then prints them to make a professional-looking product. She only needs assistance with placing the tapes and DVDs into the players and placing the labels and covers. She is able to perform the whole process by using her remotes, computer, and iPad.

Kinzi provides her VHS-to-DVD service at a minimal charge, then donates all of the profits to Special Olympics Illinois.  The money she donates is used to support events and to help her own team, The Saline County Superstars Young Adults.  

Kinzi’s talents are portrayed in so many ways.  Whether it be through sports or creative fundraising, she makes a big difference in her community and is a star for Special Olympics Illinois. She loves participating in any way she can. Kinzi’s desire to help others, though, is and always will be what makes THIS star shine the brightest.      

Virtual Trivia Night


We are excited to offer three Virtual Trivia nights. Choose to play in one, two, or all three! Each Virtual Trivia night will start at 7:00 PM and have eight rounds of questions.

Players login from the comfort of their own home via a Zoom link shared with their team captain the week of the event. No app required.

Teams can play together from one location or login individually from anywhere. Players participating from separate locations will be able to interact privately with their team via a Zoom breakout room during trivia rounds.  Individual players are welcome and will play as their own team! 

Each team will designate a team captain who will be responsible for submitting the teams answers via a provided Google Form. 

Besides a night of fun and ultimate bragging rights, the top-scoring participant or team will receive their entry fee refunded as a prize. 

General Trivia: Thursday, December 10

  • A night of general family-friendly trivia with multiple categories!

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All Things Disney Trivia: Thursday, January 14

  • Eight rounds of Disney-themed trivia that includes Disney, Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar, Star Wars, etc.

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The Office Trivia: Thursday, February 11

  • Eight rounds of trivia based off the hit television show, The Office!

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Queen of Hearts


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Agency Return To Play Information


Starting on July 6th, Special Olympics Illinois Agencies and Athletes have the opportunity to begin organized activities. Click to read more!

E-Resources Page


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