Saline County-Resident and Special Olympics Illinois athlete – Jacob Dobson will serve as the 2019 Duck Derby Dash Ambassador at the 5th Annual Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash. The Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash takes place at the Du Quoin State Fair on Sunday, Sept. 1.
This summer Jacob is spreading the word about the Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash and on race day, he will hold up the winning duck for thousands of spectators to see.
Jacob is 23 years old and has been involved in Special Olympics since he was 5. He started with track & field, bocce, and bowling. While attending Brownsville School, Jacob played on the school’s volleyball and basketball team. He graduated Brownsville School and is now competing with the Saline County Superstars Young Adult team.
Through Special Olympics, Jacob has learned that having a positive attitude is more important than winning. In his free time, Jacob supports local school sports teams and attends many local ballgames. He will always be an advocate for good sportsmanship. Jacob has made an effort to pass on that mindset to everyone he meets.
Jacob is also an active member of his Ditney Ridge Church. He has been attending this church for many years and helps with the youth programs. This will be Jacob’s 3rd year involved in the Southern Illinois Duck Derby. He loves setting up his sales booth at the local Wal-Mart and engaging with customers to explain the Ducky Derby Dash and Special Olympics.
Race Day kicks off at 1:00 pm with a parade. At 3:00 pm, the ducks will splash into the lake behind the Expo Hall at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Following the duck race, will be entertainment for the entire family – live music, face painting, games, and an appearance by Splash Duck the mascot. Come out to help us reach our goal of adopting 11,000 rubber ducks.
Adopt a rubber duck for $5 for a chance to win one of the Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash’s great prizes. Ducks are available for adoption online at www.DuckyDerbyDash.com and every day of the DuQuoin State Fair from Aug. 23 – Sep 1. Join the conversation on social media by using #SIDuckyDerby.
Meet the 2019 Unified Coaster Challenge Ambassadors
Register for the 2019 Coaster Challenge today!
Ride Coasters for a great cause! Six Flags Great America and Special Olympics Illinois have teamed up for the Coaster Challenge on Saturday, September 21. Take the run out of racing & ride your way to the finish line to support the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.
Register for $25, fundraise and ride the distance of a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon on Six Flags Great America’s world-class roller coasters.
All Coaster Challenge participants will receive early entry to the park to kick-start their day.
Challengers will get V.I.P access to ride Maxx Force from 9:00-11:00 am and Whizzer from 9:30-11:00 am, allowing participants to get extra laps in before the park opens.
Meet the 2019 Unified Coaster Challenge Ambassadors:
Special Olympics Illinois athlete and Unified Partner, Anna Scholler and Sydney Baumstark are the 2019 Unified Coaster Challenge ambassadors. Anna and Sydney, both Libertyville residents, became friends through Special Olympics. They play on a Unified soccer team called the Libertyville Storm. The girls share a love for soccer and roller coasters.
Anna has been a Special Olympics athlete for several years. She competes in basketball, bocce, bowling, floor hockey, track & field, and soccer. Anna just recently graduated from Libertyville High School.
Sydney is a sophomore at Libertyville high school. She believes being involved in Special Olympics as a Unified Partner is very important. Being a Unified Partner, Sydney has learned the power and positivity of sport.
“We are more similar then we are different, regardless of our ability level. We all have the opportunity to succeed through sport,” said Sydney.
Anna and Sydney are true thrill-seekers In their free time, you will find Anna and Sydney on their favorite roller coasters, the Raging Bull and X-Flight. Anna and Sydney are honored and excited to be the Unified Coaster Challenge Ambassadors this year.
A Night Out With Five Guys
Five Guys Dine & Donate Event for SOILL
Join us on July 20, 2019 from noon – 8 p.m. at ANY Five Guys location in Illinois and help celebrate the anniversary of the first Special Olympics International Games! Five Guys will also donate 20% of your purchase during this event.
Please present this flyer (yes, you can display it on your mobile device!) or mention that you are dining for Special Olympics at time of purchase in order for your transaction to count!
Click here to find the Five Guys nearest you and we hope to see you on July 20!