‘It Makes Your Heart Sing’

Republished with permission of The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.  By Bruce Yentes NORMAL — Not even a searing sun, baking the Illinois State University athletic fields in 90-degree heat, could melt the smiles from the faces of some 4,000 athletes participating this weekend in the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. They included the smiles that Paula…

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Father Plunges for Daughter & Friends Who Compete in Special Olympics

Jim McGraw has been plunging at Lake Storey in Galesburg for the past four years. He and his family formed team Shanny’s Troops in honor of his daughter, Special Olympics Illinois athlete Shanny who competes in Western/Area 4 with Knox-Warren Special Olympics. Shanny enjoys athletics, bowling and basketball. McGraw finds joy in watching Shanny and her…

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What’s Better Than One Plunge? Two Plunges

Quincy Chief of Police Robert Copley has participated in the Quincy Polar Plunge since its inception in 2004. Since then, Copley has participated in 12 Plunges and two SUPER Plunges into Lake Michigan where participants jump into the lake 24 times in 24 hours. Copley originally took the Plunge when retired Sgt. John Douglas worked…

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Cool School Challenge Motivates Liberty School to Plunge Once Again

For the fifth year in a row, students at Liberty School will be jumping into the freezing waters at Moorman Lake in Quincy as part of the Law Enforcement Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois. The Liberty team has steadily grown in size from 15 plungers to 31, with additional people raising money for the…

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Mabel Campbell Retiring After 28 Years of Coaching Special Olympics

Not many individuals can say they have committed more than 20 years of volunteer service to one organization, but that’s not the case for Mabel Campbell of Olney. In fact, Mabel has been volunteering as a Special Olympics coach for 28 years now, having started in 1987 as an assistant coach for the Olney Rebels Special…

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