Illinois Shows Up and Shows Out: A Recap on 2023 World Games Berlin

  The summer months of 2023 are flying by. If you can believe it, an entire month has passed since the start of the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany. An entire month since approximately 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 190 delegations, 20,000 volunteers, and countless more supporters spent nine days being “unbeatable…

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Meet Daniel Cramer

Daniel Cramer was born on the 25th of June in 1999.  He was born six weeks early, but he quickly gained strength and met all his growth milestones on time.  Sadly, though, when Daniel turned two, he had his first seizure.  He lost all his speech and muscle tone and, suddenly, he was not the…

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Saneatha Trice Breaks down Barriers Beyond Sport

Saneatha has been a participant with Special Olympics Illinois through PTOEC since 2014. She began in gymnastics and quickly added bowling, swimming, softball, volleyball, and basketball. We quickly realized how athletic she was and how sports became her passion. But her love of sports was not what caught our attention. Saneatha almost instantly became a…

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Daniel Smrokowski SSIGM Blog #1: My World Games Experience

My Special Olympics World Games 2019 experience was incredible and impactful. In my role as a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger (SSIGM), I had many memorable opportunities during my time in Abu Dhabi for the 2019 World Games. From participating in the Opening Ceremony to attending receptions and having fun with celebrities, there were many…

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