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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Young Athletes Spotlight – Brailie VanTassel

Brailie VanTassel is a very outgoing, witty and confident 5-year-old from Shelbyville.  She has been a part of the Young Athletes Program for two years at Main Street Elementary School.  Brailie loves all of the Young Athletes activities but, her favorite is the balance beam and any activity that had to deal with using a…

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Young Athletes Spotlight – Shelby Dorrell

Shelby Dorrell has been a Young Athlete for the past 3 years.  She participates with SOAR Young Athletes in Bloomington.  Shelby has an infectious positive attitude you immediately smile for when you see her. Her favorite activity in the program is running! Shelby took the next step in her Special Olympics career by participating in…

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Young Athletes Coordinators Spotlight – Lisa Liesz & David Luzwick

Lisa Liesz and David Luzwick, two District 54 staff members, are great supporters of Special Olympics Illinois. Liesz and Luzwick serve as the Special Olympics Athletic Directors for District 54, the original Young Athletes site. They travel to 14 schools within the district to train more than 1,200 Young Athletes. Liesz and Luzwick recently attended…

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