Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus at Spring Games

Partnership

The Knights of Columbus are truly dedicated to the athletes, families and mission of Special Olympics Illinois. They have been an Official Partner of the Special Olympics since 2005 and have been one of our biggest supporters ever since. They give their time, their money and their dedication to the movement. The Knights are a wonderful organization who really understands the value and mission of Special Olympics.

They give their money as Gold Medal sponsors contributing $100,000 every year in support of our Spring Games statewide. Their local chapters also hold fundraisers and benefits to raise even more funds for our local programs.

They give of their time as volunteers. Since 2012, the Knights have had a presence at every Region Spring Games in addition to a significant presence at many other Special Olympics events throughout the state, serving in various capacities. They cook hot dogs, award medals, time events and parade in Opening Ceremonies.

The Knights relationship with Special Olympics can perhaps be put best by former State Deputy Jim Bednar who said,

“Once you get involved in Special Olympics, you never stop going back. We’ve been involved for over 40 years in Illinois. The members talk about the dedication they see among the athletes and how they never give up. We all feel that we’ll do whatever it takes to raise money to support Special Olympics. Special Olympics is in our blood.”

The impact of the Knights on the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois can be seen in the words of Global Messenger Kirsten Boswell who said, when addressing an assembly of the Knights,

“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you the way you are. Thank you to the Illinois Knights of Columbus for being that friend to all of us.”

Events

The following links will provide you with more information regarding Region Spring Games and State Championships along with links to register as volunteers. If you need assistance registering for any of these events, please use the form below, and a member of the Special Olympics Illinois Team will contact you to assist.

Mar 15 – Mar 17 all-day Horton Fieldhouse - ISU & Shirk Center - IWU
What is State Basketball? State Basketball is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in team and individual skills basketball. State Basketball is held at Horton Fieldhouse –[...]
Apr 26 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm EIU, O'Brien Field
 
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Eastside Centre
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May 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Soldier Field
 
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Mt. Vernon Township H.S.
 
May 4 @ 7:30 am – 3:00 pm Thornwood High School
Register to Volunteer
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Prospect High School
Volunteer Saturday   Volunteer Sunday   Sponsors
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Harlem High School
 
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Sunnylane Athletic Field
 
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Edwardsville High School
 
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Prospect High School
Volunteer Saturday   Volunteer Sunday   Sponsors
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Marmion Academy
Register to Volunteer
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Glenwood High School
 
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Dunbar Park
 
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Dunbar Park
 
May 8 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Dunbar Park
 
May 9 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Dunbar Park
 
May 10 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Dunbar Park
 
May 11 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Warrensburg Latham High School
 
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day Various Locations in Bloomington/Normal, IL
What is Summer Games? Summer Games is Special Olympics Illinois premiere sports competition with more than  4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,000 volunteers and 3,300 family[...]
Aug 17 – Aug 18 all-day Evergreen Racquet Club
What is State Tennis? State Tennis is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Tennis, Unified Tennis and Tennis Individual Skills. State Tennis is hosted at Evergreen[...]
Sep 7 – Sep 8 all-day Rotary Park & Hickory Point Golf Course
What is Outdoor Sports Festival? Outdoor Sports Festival is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Softball and Golf. Young Athletes will have the opportunity to participate[...]

 

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Knights of Columbus Council Volunteer Interest

Please use this form to indicate your interest, or that of your council, to volunteer at one of the local Special Olympics Illinois Region Spring Games or State Championships.
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