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Save the date for our Evening Reception

You're invited to the Old Post Office on Wednesday, November 29 to celebrate our incredible athletes and honor the people and organizations that make a difference in their lives. 

Stay tuned for more details!

The inaugural Golden Games were a tremendous success!

Last month, current and retired athletes ages 45 and over took part in three days of competition and activities organized by the Chicago Park District. The Golden Games were an opportunity to celebrate these tremendous athletes and the competition, friendship, and fun they've experienced over the years and decades.

Read a Block Club article about Maureen Blake, Jefferson Park's "Queen of Bocce."

Watch a CBS 2 interview with Amelia Hernandez, who participated in the first ever Special Olympics games in 1968.

Watch ABC7's interview with athlete Marcel Smith and SOC/SCC Board of Directors President Ray Baker.

Listen to a WBBM story about the event.

Watch a video about the Golden Games from Fox 32.

Congratulations to all those who participated, and thank you to everyone who helped make this new event such a success! We can't wait to see you in 2024!

Support #TeamSpecialOChicago!

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is only a few weeks away and nearly 250 runners are using their 26.2 miles to raise money to support Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities.

You can cheer them on by making a donation today. Help us create a more inclusive Chicago one mile at a time!

Make a donation

Athletes in Action

Our athletes have had a busy month with tons of exciting activities, classes, competitions, and events. Check out some highlights of their fun and accomplishments.

Intramural Football

It's football season and our new intramural season has officially kicked off! Nearly 2,200 athletes and coaches from high schools, elementary schools, parks, and agencies are participating in flag football this month at La Villita Park. The season will wrap up with a special skills competition for participants.

LAZ Golf Outing

Thank you to LAZ Parking for hosting their 11th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities. On September 7, we were at Cantigny Golf Club with some of our athletes who had an incredible time! Thanks to everyone who made it happen.

The Chicago Air and Water Show

Once again this year our athletes were special guests for the Chicago Air and Water Show at North Avenue Beach. Athletes from Douglass Park, Independence Park, Kosciuszko Park, Mt. Greenwood Park, Welles Park, and West Pullman Park joined us. Everyone had a great day watching the show and spending time with friends. What an exciting day!

Fleet Feet and Saucony provide shoes for SOC/SCC athletes

Last month, our friends at Fleet Feet Chicago and Saucony teamed up to donate 200 pairs of running shoes to our athletes. On August 17, athletes came to Hope Student Athletic Center, where Fleet Feet Chicago team members made sure their new shoes fit properly before sending them home with some free gifts.

We are so grateful for this generous gift and for a terrific event! Thank you to Fleet Feet Chicago and Saucony for your commitment to helping our athletes succeed.

State Competitions

Our teams have been traveling all around Illinois over the past month for State competitions. On August 18–19, 37 athletes and coaches were in Bloomington for State Tennis.

Our athletes brought home 10 first place medals, 7 second place, 5 third place, 2 fourth place, and 1 fifth place.

On September 8–10 we had groups of athletes in two different cities for two different sports! 182 athletes and coaches competed in the State Softball Tournament in Springfield. There, our teams scored 2 second place, 3 third place, and 4 fourth place medals. In the individual competitions, 6 athletes won first place, 5 won second place, 7 won third place, 4 won fourth place, and 2 won fifth place.

Meanwhile, 45 athletes teed up in Decatur for the State Golf Competition. 5 athletes came in first place, 11 in second place, 4 in third place, 5 in fourth place, 2 in fifth place, and 1 in sixth place.

Everyone performed incredibly well and had a lot of fun! Congratulations to all who competed!

We need volunteers for this weekend's Bocce tournament!

The Chicago Park District is looking for volunteers for this year's Bocce Tournament on September 23 at Armour Square Park. Come and be a part of one of the most popular competitions of the year!

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Don't miss fall Family Opportunities!

We are geared up and ready for fall with some fun Family Opportunities from the Chicago Park District. This season we have Driving Range, Mini Golf, Indoor Rowing, and Golf.

See the full schedule
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Our Associate Board aces it with their annual Volleyball tournament!

Congratulations to the Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities Associate Board on another amazing and exciting fundraiser!

Earlier this month, they wrapped up summer in style with their annual Spike for SOC/SCC Beach Volleyball Tournament at North Avenue Beach.

11 teams competed to see who would rule the beach in this exciting event that raised more than $3,600 to support our athletes!

Athlete Artwork Feature

For the month of September, our featured artist is James Logan of Eckhart Park and his piece, “Bocce”. With bright blue skies, green grass, and fully bloomed trees, James’ artwork makes us excited for this month's annual Bocce competition! We can't wait to soak up all the summer we can at this fun event on September 23!

Save the date for the 24th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson!

Join us at North Avenue Beach on Sunday, March 3, 2024 to make a splash and support Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities. Stay tuned for more information soon!

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