Athletes Plunge for Athletes

The 50th Anniversary in 2018 was the pivot from the past to the future.  The athletes of Special Olympics were once led by others, and now those athletes lead us into the future. That fact has become more and more evident in the last two years, and the current 2020 Polar Plunge season is a…

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Northwestern University to Lend Support for Upcoming SUPER Plunge

After the gold medals have been won and the teams leave Chestnut Mountain, Special Olympics Illinois sets forth on a new challenge – one that dares you to be bold and get cold for athletes across the state. It’s the annual Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge! Last year, nearly 7,000 warm-hearted individuals raised…

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SOILL Coach Recognized as Finalist for National Award

Jennifer Hitt of Edwardsville, head coach of the Bellveille PTOEC gymnastics team, was recently recognized as a finalist for the annual Special Olympics North America Coach of the Year Award. The Special Olympics North America Coach of the Year Award was established in the late 1980s and is given annually to an active, certified Special…

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When Smiles Count More than Words

Volunteer Mary Manley visited the 15th annual MedFest at United Center in Chicago to hear from doctors and athletes about why this event is so important to each of them. By Mary Manley, Special Olympics Illinois volunteer It is worth celebrating that this is the 15th year Chicago MedFest has been making the seemingly impossible…

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