2017 Maggiano’s Hero Award Recipients

On November 27, 2017, Special Olympics Illinois supporters gathered at Maggiano’s in Schaumburg for an evening to celebrate the Honorees of the 2017 Maggiano’s Hero Award. This award is given to a person, family, group or business which has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to Special Olympics Illinois.  It serves as a way to recognize efforts…

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The Sport That Never Stops Running

“Believe And You Will Achieve,” is a motto that many Special Olympics Illinois Athletes and Coaches model their sports-competition training around. Special Olympics Illinois Athletes put their dedication and training to show, as many competed, in Equestrian at the 2017 Fall Games on October 28 and 29. This year, 138 Athletes competed in equestrian, making…

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness. During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities. Better understanding of Down syndrome and early interventions can greatly increase the quality of life…

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Meet Lily from Schaumburg

About Lily Thirteen year old Lily Pasquarelli is an eighth grader at Jane Addams Junior High. After participating in the Polar Plunge earlier in the year, Lily has set her sights on riding the distance of a marathon at the Six Flags Coaster Challenge benefiting Special Olympics Illinois on September 24. To date, Lily has surpassed…

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Flag Football, and Athletes, and Bears… OH YES!

The students and athletes at Hersey High in Arlington Heights have become pros at the concept of inclusion, so it only seemed natural to take their example to the next level and get some other pros involved, too…including players of The Chicago Bears at the Walter Payton Center at Halas Hall. In the summer of…

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