Mr. Corrigan Goes to Washington

By Kevin Corrigan, Special Olympics volunteer and student at Marist High School, Chicago I recently traveled to Washington, D.C., with Special Olympics Illinois for Capitol Hill Day, the annual event when Special Olympics athletes, volunteers, and executives from across America travel to Washington to meet with their respective state Representatives and lobby for, as was…

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More Than 1,300 Athletes Receive Free Health Exams at MedFest

Special Olympics Illinois hosted the 17th Annual MedFest on Nov. 10 at the United Center in Chicago. The United Center generously welcomed Special Olympics Illinois back for this event which provides people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to receive the sports physical required to participate in Special Olympics at no cost. More than 1,300 athletes…

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Special Smiles: A Pleasant Environment For Athletes to See Dentist

Back in the early 1990s, Dr. Steve Perlman, DDS, at Boston University, cared for special needs patients who needed extensive dental work. He wondered what could be done to prevent those with intellectual disabilities from dental rehabilitation and from that the Special Olympics Special Smiles idea was born. Dr. Perlman later called Dr. Fred Margolis,…

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More than 1,600 Athletes Get Physicals at Chicago MedFest

On Oct. 22, the United Center played host to student athletes, coaches, healthcare professionals and volunteers throughout Chicago. They were all there for the 16th Annual Chicago MedFest. Between 7 a.m.  and noon that day, more than 1,600 current and aspiring Special Olympics Illinois athletes, drawn from Chicago Public Schools and other partnering agencies, received…

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Skilled Medical Volunteers Vital to Safe Competition

They are the Special Olympics volunteers at every competition that you may not even see and they’re fine with that because it means you haven’t needed them. They are the medical volunteers. Whether their services are used or not, skilled medical volunteers are vital to ensuring the safety of our athletes at every Special Olympics…

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