Just Keep Swimming – One Athlete’s Journey to Gold

Special Olympics gold medalist Amanda Bratton on family, motivation, and winning it all By: Lauren Hankins & Ellie Dennis SEATTLE  — Amanda Bratton has always loved the feeling of water. As a child, one of Amanda’s favorite activities was to submerge herself underwater to see how deep she could swim. The deeper she got, the…

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Meet Katie Millar: Powerlifting Champion and Leader

Illinois native stands out in a male-dominated sport APRIL 3, 2018 BY: Sudie Canada, Gabriella Robison- Sudie and Gabbi are Public Relations students at Pepperdine University. CHICAGO — Katie Millar is an inspirational woman. Her continued success in powerlifting, a traditionally male-dominated sport, is a testament to her determination and confidence. “When she competes locally,…

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All for One, and One for Basketball

Special Olympics Illinois Men’s Basketball team heads to the USA Games this summer in Seattle By Mary Mattingly and Julia Sumouske   CHIGACO-In 2004, Ron Bellinger started his first season as assistant coach for a Special Olympics-sponsored men’s basketball team. This summer, Coach Bellinger will serve as head coach for a carefully curated team of…

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