- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
45 years and growing with Special Olympics Illinois
This week marks the 45th anniversary of the first Special Olympics competition and the beginning of a global movement that now includes more than 4 million adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Illinois takes great pride in being the site of the first Games at Soldier Field (July 20, 1968) and home to some of the early visionaries in the movement, including Justice Anne Burke, who organized that inaugural event.
Special Olympics has transformed the lives of thousands of people in Illinois by giving athletes with intellectual disabilities a platform to discover and develop their talents and to gain recognition and respect. This is only the beginning.
Special Olympics Illinois has a three-year plan to expand its offerings and to make the program available to more children and adults in communities throughout the state. Special Olympics is a proven winner in bringing people together in schools, in parks and recreation settings and in the community at large.
Help us change more lives. Encourage a local school or community organization to start a program. Become an athlete, a volunteer or a donor. Please visit www.soill.org or call 1-800-394-0562. Together, we’ll tackle the next 45 years.
President and CEO, Special Olympics Illinois
From the July 17-23, 2013, issue