Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics Illinois began a global movement to changes the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sports, health, education and community building in July of 1968. Offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 20,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities, the programs offered by Special Olympics Illinois enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, and social skills, and encourage family and community support.

How they fundraise

Their largest fundraising effort, the Law Enforcement Torch Run, has raised over $47 million over the past 32 years. For this inspiring event,  approximately 3,000 police officers carry a Flame of Hope almost 1,500 miles across Illinois in 23 different legs.  

Over 66,000 brave souls have taken the plunge and participated in their Polar Plunge events, raising over $18.4 million in the past 19 years. Participants must raise at least $100 and are rewarded with an icy dip in an Illinois lake in the middle of winter.  

Man takes on machine with their Plane Pull events, where teams of up to 10 play tug-of-war with a 737 plane weighing nearly 60,000 pounds.

Other fundraising initiatives include their Pumpkin Pedal bike rides, roller coaster challenges, and a World Game general support fund.

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