Outstanding Awards

General Rules (click here for list of criteria) (Jump to Form)

The Special Olympics Illinois Recognition Program is open to individuals, organizations and businesses.  Awards are given based on nominee’s interest in and support of the abilities and accomplishments of SO ILL athletes as demonstrated through significant contribution at the Area and/or state level.

To nominate a person or group for an Outstanding Award:

  • Complete all sections of the Outstanding Awards Nomination Form below.
  • Provide at least one piece of supporting material.
  • Supporting material can be uploaded at the bottom of the form or emailed to website@soill.org.
  • Nominations must be submitted no later than April 15, 2017 in order to be considered for the 2017 awards. Nominations after this date will be added to the candidate pool for 2018.

The Outstanding Awards Committee will review the nomination forms and select the winners to be presented at the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games Opening Ceremonies Reception.

Outstanding Awards Nomination Form

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Outstanding Awards Nomination Form

  • Your Information

  • Nominee Information

  • Supporting Documents

    Please type or copy/paste below or attach your letter of support and other documents such as reference letters, photos, newspaper articles, etc that would support this candidates nomination.
  • Please keep in mind these details when writing your letter of support:
    What events have this candidate participated in/provided support for? What qualifies this candidate for the award over and above everyone else? What unique qualities this candidate brings to the organization?

    Please be detailed!
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Outstanding Awards Winners

2016SG-EricSmith

2016 SOILL Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

Eric Smith of Sherman has received the 2016 Special Olympics Illinois’ Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award. He was honored at a reception on June 10 before the Special Olympics ...

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2016SG-JD241-DUNN

2016 SOILL Outstanding Athlete of the Year

Charles Dunn of Belleville has been named the 2016 Special Olympics Illinois’ Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award. He was honored at a reception June 10 before the Special Olympics ...

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2016SG-JD230-HITT

2016 SOILL Outstanding Coach of the Year

Jennifer Hitt of Edwardsville has been named the 2016 Special Olympics Illinois’ Outstanding Coach of the Year Award. She will be honored at a reception June 10 before the Special ...

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2016SG-JD252-JONES

2016 SOILL Outstanding Family of the Year

The Jones family of Hoffman Estates has been named the 2016 Special Olympics Illinois’ Outstanding Family of the Year Award. The family will be honored at a reception June 10 ...

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2016SG-JD264-COTTOM

2016 SOILL Lifetime Service Award

Doug and Stacy Cottom of Harrisburg will receive the 2016 Special Olympics Illinois’ Outstanding Lifetime Service Award.  They will be honored at a reception June 10 before the Special Olympics ...

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2016SG-JD259-MARMION

2016 SOILL Outstanding Organization of the Year

Marmion Academy of Aurora has been named the 2016 Special Olympics Illinois’ Outstanding Organization of the Year Award.  Marmion Academy accepted the award at a reception June 10 before the ...

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2016SG-JD237-CROMWELL

2016 SOILL Outstanding Media of the Year

The Cromwell Radio Group of Mattoon has been named the 2016 Special Olympics Illinois’ Outstanding Media of the Year Award. The Cromwell Radio Group will receive the award at a ...

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