Why do we do what we do?

Each person involved in Unified Champion Schools, and Special Olympics does it for their own reasons.  They each have wonderful experiences that build up to this day, and this moment. What brings us together?  The belief that everyone deserves respect! Here are some stories from the members of the Unified Champion Schools Youth Activation Committee!…

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Athlete Goes the Distance in Memory of Her Father

By Bruce Yentes; Reprinted with Permission of The Pantagraph It was a “golden moment” all the way around, from the rays of sunshine bathing the Illinois State University track and field facility to the glistening winner’s medallion that hung from the neck of 16-year-old Rachel McGrew of Downs. Shining brightest, however, was the light of…

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Rocket Man – Jordan VanKooten Soars With Special Olympics

Jordan VanKooten, 15, a Special Olympics athlete from Pawnee (Area 17), has rockets on his feet. Before his races, he “prepares” his shoes by “lighting the rockets” on them. Jordan participated in the 100-meter walk and tennis ball throw at this year’s Summer Games. Before each throw, he would “light the rocket” on the ball….

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