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Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash

WHERE: DuQuoin Sate Fairgrounds
655 Executive Drive DuQuoin, IL 62832
WHEN: September 1 2019
COST: $5 per duck
CONTACT: Jackie Flechs

What is the Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash?

The Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash at the Du Quoin State Fair is a signature fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois. On September 1, 2019, thousands of spectators will watch 11,000+ Ducks splash into the lake behind the Exhibition Hall on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds and race towards the finish line.

Race Day kicks off at 1:00 pm with a parade! The ducks race at 3:00 pm, followed by entertainment for the entire family – live music, face painting, games, and an appearance by Splash, the Duck.

How do I adopt a duck?

Adopt a Duck Now!


You can Adopt a duck for only $5. Get more chances to win by purchasing a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) or Ducky Derby Donor (60 ducks for $250)!

*Are you adopting a duck on behalf of a friend, co-worker or family member affiliated with a Sales Team? If so, be sure to select the team you want to get credit for your adoption. Click on a team member name to give credit to a specific person.

For more information, contact Kimberly Talley at ktalley@soill.org or 618-457-2969

Bags Tourney Invitation 2019

ButterBurgers and Badges


August 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Culver’s Locations Across Illinois
 Mac Dougan

Culver’s and Special Olympics Illinois Partner Up

Many Culver’s locations throughout Chicagoland are partnering with Special Olympics Illinois for the ButterBurgers & Badges fundraising event Aug. 29, from 4-8 p.m. Customers can also make donations throughout the month of August.


Event Details

ButterBurgers & Badges will feature local law enforcement officers providing table service for guests dining inside, and also delivering the chain’s famed burgers and fresh frozen custard desserts to those visiting the drive-thru.

The officers will collect tips for their service, which, along with $1 for every purchase of any size Concrete Mixer, will benefit Special Olympics.  In addition, local Special Olympics athletes will be on hand to meet and greet guests and sign autographs.

ButterBurgers & Badges is part of a month-long initiative that includes participating stores proudly displaying Change for Champions donation canisters near counter areas.

Funnds raised will help Special Olympics Illinois continue its programs that provide year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This event continues Culver’s support of Special Olympics.

Participating Locations


Flyer & Social Media Items

2019 Culvers Promotional Poster

2019 Special Olympics Unified Sports MLS All-Star Match


MLS, ESPN and Special Olympics have teamed up to promote an environment of social inclusion by uniting people with and without intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics Unified Sports®.

The cornerstone to the collaboration is the Unified Sports Soccer Exchange Program. Unified soccer teams travel to MLS markets to compete in exhibition matches scheduled in conjunction with MLS club matches. MLS Clubs provide unique experiences such as signing days, jersey unveils, buddy programs with MLS first-team players, and gameday recognition. Unified teams represent their home MLS Club, outfitted in authentic uniforms provided by Adidas.

The team will depart on Friday, August 3, for a Unified Match in Houston Texas. The initial match will be held at Houston Sports Park – 12131 Kirby Dr, Houston TX 77045. The team will play 2 – 45 min half match vs. the Unified Houston Dynamos.

Team Bios


Unified Partners:

The Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Experience presented by MLS WORKS & ESPN is an opportunity to showcase the athletes and partners who participate in the Unified Exchange program in local communities throughout the United States and Canada. The 2019 Unified All-Star Experience will take place from Monday, July 29 to Thursday, August 1 in Orlando, Florida as part of 2019 MLS All-Star Week festivities.Two athletes from Illinois will be participating, Allison Schaar and Mike Brennan.