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, 2018 in order to be considered for the 2018 awards. Nominations after this date will be added to the candidate pool for 2019.

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


    This is what the committee will use to select each year's winners so the more detail the better.
  • 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


2016 SOILL Outstanding Athlete of the Year

Charles Dunn of Belleville has ...

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2016 SOILL Outstanding Coach of the Year

Jennifer Hitt of Edwardsville has ...

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2016 SOILL Lifetime Service Award

Doug and Stacy Cottom of ...

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