Knights of Columbus
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.”
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.
What is Winter Games? Winter Games is one of 11 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in Alpine Skiing and Snowshoeing. Winter Games is hosted at Chestnut Mountain in Galena,[...]
What is State Basketball? State Basketball is one of 11 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in team and individual skills basketball. State Basketball is held at Horton Fieldhouse –[...]
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Special Olympics Illinois is currently in the process of changing its volunteer registration and management software to VolunteerHub. This transition is being implemented by Region, one at a time, to ensure a smooth transition for[...]
To: Coaches, Athletes, Families, and Spectators From: Region A Re: 2019 Region A Spring Games at Harlem High School Due to the number of athletes, coaches and spectators, shuttle parking is available at Schnucks –[...]
What is Summer Games? Summer Games is Special Olympics Illinois premiere sports competition with more than 4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 7 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,000 volunteers and 3,300[...]
What is State Tennis? State Tennis is one of 11 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[...]
What is Outdoor Sports Festival? Outdoor Sports Festival is one of 11 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Softball and Golf. Young Athletes will have the opportunity to participate[...]
Location and Dates could be scheduled to change, check back periodically for updates. What is State Floor Hockey? State Floor Hockey is one of 11 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those[...]
What is State Bowling? State Bowling is one of 11 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in bowling. State Bowling is hosted at Landmark Lanes in Peoria. Competition State Bowling[...]
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