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The Golden Games Are Coming Next Week!

They’ve spent a lifetime training, competing, and winning gold, bronze, and silver medals. Now, on August 21–23, current and retired athletes ages 45 and above will compete in the first-ever Golden Games! Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities and the Chicago Park District will join forces to host this three-day mix of sports competitions and social activities celebrating these athletes–some of which have been competing since the very first games in 1968!

Sporting events include Bowling, Track and Field, Basketball Skills, Softball Skills, Bocce, Fishing, Archery, and Adaptive Bicycles. Social activities will include picnics, a Chicago White Sox game, an evening reception dinner dance, and shared meals. Athletes and coaches will stay at the Hilton Chicago throughout Golden Games.

We are thrilled to sponsor all of these activities so they can be free for participants and coaches. Stay tuned to our social media channels for highlights from the event!

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!

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 summer fun!

Adventure Club

Summer is coming to and end, and so has this season of Adventure Club. We love providing athletes the opportunity to try new activities like fishing, archery, and kayaking.

We visited Northerly Island to help athletes from Kosciuszko Park, Marquette Park, and Piotrowski Park reel in fish, hit bullseyes, and get out on the water. It was a beautiful and fun-filled day, and we already can't wait until next summer! 

Intramural Kickball Championships

The stands were packed at Little Cubs Field in Humboldt Park on August 3 to watch two amazing competitions–The Minor League Championship for athletes 8–15 years old and the Major League Championship for athletes 16 and older.

Congratulations to Kosciuszko Park, who became the Minor League champions and Shabbona Park, who became this year's Major League champions.

Theater Camp with A.B.L.E.

Last week, a group of athletes came to Welles Park to participate in drama camp with A.B.L.E. Each day our athletes engaged in different types of theater games and activities which allowed them to get creative, work together, and have fun! 

A.B.L.E. stands for Artists Breaking Limits & Expectation, and it is an organization that specializes in creating performance opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

One for the Kids Golf Outing

A group of our athletes were special guests at this year's One for the Kids Golf Outing at Old Oak Country Club. It was a gorgeous day for One for the Kids' annual event that helps support our mission. Thank you for your kindness and generosity! 

CAN TV Accomplishments

Four CAN-TV crew members completed their three day training to learn editing in the studio. These athletes learned so much and were able to create their own video, including credits, music, and the actual film. The next taping will be August 25.

From left, they are: Frederick, Carter, Jim, William, and Allison.

Many thanks to Jim Knightwright for his patience and expertise and for teaching our athletes how to edit the film.

Pink Concert Wrigley Field

Our athletes had a great time Saturday night watching the PINK concert from one of the Wrigley Rooftops. A special thanks to Matt O'Shea for hosting this FUNdraiser and to Mayor Johnson for stopping in and saying hello to our athletes and guests!

Camping at Northerly Island

Last weekend, 10 of our families joined the Chicago Park District for a special camping night just for them! They enjoyed rock climbing at Maggie Daley, then headed to Northerly Island for fishing, a campfire cookout with songs, and stargazing before sleeping under the stars. What a fun way to spend the night as we head toward the end of summer!

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Congratulations to our Associate Board!

Congratulations to the Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities Associate Board on a wonderful fundraiser at the July 27 Chicago White Sox Game! They raised $4,700 to support our mission! Thank you to everyone who attended and helped them make the evening a success!

Join the Associate Board for their next fundraiser!

The SOC/SCC Associate Board's annual beach volleyball fundraiser is coming back to North Avenue Beach on Saturday, September 9!

Sign up for Spike for SOC/SCC as a team captain, or a free agent, purchase after-party wristbands, or get raffle tickets with the link below.

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Athlete Artwork Feature

Our featured artwork for the month of August is “Bocce” by Kenneth Ogden of Vittum Park. Kenneth’s artwork shows people enjoying all the fun of our annual bocce competition. Athletes are playing a game of bocce while others are visiting a food stand, hanging out under a tent, and receiving their medals! We can't wait for this fun event coming up on September 23! Thank you, Kenneth.

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