Inspire Greatness Gala 2021: An Evening to Remember

Victoria Traylor, Special Olympics Illinois athlete from Region E, dazzled in her light blue evening gown at the Inspire Greatness Gala on October 23 in Chicago. Victoria was the highlight of the evening as the 2021 featured athlete for the gala, first starring in the short film Run, Victoria, Run and then delivering an inspiring…

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Chicago To Play, Live Unified

Special Olympics Illinois to join Special Olympics Unified Champion City Schools® initiative to accelerate urban programming and promote social inclusion Contact: Alexandra McMillin847-682-6897amcmillin@soill.org Chicago, Illinois – 10/14/2021: Special Olympics Illinois and Chicago Public Schools are partnering in the Special Olympics North America Unified Champion City Schools (UCCS) initiative this fall. UCCS is a focused approach…

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A Great Woman Puts on a Great Concert for a Great Cause

Ever since she was young, Special Olympics has played a huge role in Lauren McClusky’s life. Her dad, Jeff McClusky (Illinois Special Olympics Foundation Board Member), worked on the Special Christmas compilation CDs when she was growing up, which started their family’s involvement. Lauren’s sister and her began fundraising for Special Olympics with lemonade stands…

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Birds of a Feather: Inclusion Is Sweet at the Moose & Me Bakery

Megan Elder has always had a vision for inclusion in her community. More than 15 years ago, she started a ministry for teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since then, she and her husband, Justin, have adopted two girls with Down syndrome, Mila and Audrey. Mila (nicknamed Moose) loved to bake from an early age…

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