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…

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A Father’s Perspective on Special Olympics Illinois

How the organization has influenced not only my daughter, but also my entire family. By Ken Walker My daughter, Emilee Walker, got her start with Special Olympics Illinois fifteen years ago when her teacher asked her if she would like to join the Special Olympics bowling team. Emilee took a leap of faith and said…

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Meet Eddie Sitzman

Eddie is a very busy sixteen year old living a productive life filled with family, education, faith, community, and athletics. He attends Oak Park and River Forest High School where he learns in an inclusive, general education environment with support from resource and co-teachers.  He is an Usher at Sunday mass, provides care and feeding…

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Meet Stephen Katz

Stephen Katz is a young man of many talents. Born in November of 1984, Stephen entered the world with blond hair, blue eyes, nostagmia, Down Syndrome, and jaundice. The jaundice gave way to several days under the Billierubin Lights… perhaps that was a sign of things to come as stage lights were in his future!…

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