Young Athletes Spotlight – Sadie Fiedler

Sadie Fiedler is a well-rounded 7-year-old from Rochester who is a social butterfly and loves to be surrounded by friends. Although she’s only in first grade, Sadie has already had a lot of opportunities with Special Olympics and beyond! She started her sporting career with gymnastics by practicing at CheerZone in Springfield at the age…

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Young Athletes Spotlight – Henry Galvanoni

Henry Galvanoni is an engaging 4-year-old who is always happy to give you a handshake, a hug or a high five! Most people who meet Henry for the first time recognize his smile and beaming expression that instantly warm your heart. The Young Athletes Program has not only helped improve and develop Henry’s skills, but…

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Toys “R” Us Cheers on a Champion

Toys “R” Us Campaign features Special Olympics Illinois Athlete Jack Furthering its commitment as a Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, Toys“R”Us announced the February 1 launch of a nationwide in-store and online awareness campaign. By texting “CHEER” to 80888, customers can make a $5 donation via their mobile device that will…

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Young Athletes Coordinator Spotlight – Connie Sparlin

Connie Sparlin has been a huge supporter of the Special Olympics Illinois Young Athletes Program since its early beginning. She has served as the Special Olympics Athletic Director for Highland Primary School for the past five years. “Connie is a wonderful advocate for our program. She is organized, passionate and has a positive approach. She goes above…

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