Our Associate Board is a dedicated group of young professionals who are passionate about supporting Special Olympics Chicago…and having fun while doing it! Members attend monthly meetings where they plan fundraising and volunteering events to benefit our athletes.

Each member serves on a committee (either engagement or fundraising) and has a minimum goal of raising $500 dollars and volunteering 10 hours annually.

To join the Associate Board or learn about other volunteer opportunities, email To donate to Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities, click here.

Upcoming Events

May 3-7, 2021: Special Olympics Chicago Spring Games – The Chicago Park District has created a mixture of in-person and virtual events for this year’s Spring Games
May 22, 2021: Golf Fundraiser at Diversey Driving Range
May 27, 2021: Disney Zoom Dance Party with Athletes
July 17, 2021: White Sox Tailgate
Follow us on social media for further event and community engagement updates! 

Help the Associate Board Support Special Olympics Chicago

Apply to become an Associate Board Member

Promote awareness and engagement in communities through volunteering, fundraising, networking, and advocacy. Committed to attending monthly board meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of engagement, and raising $500 for Special Olympics Chicago.

Join the Friends of the Board

If you’re interested in supporting SOC, but aren’t looking for a regular commitment, Friends of the Board is for you! Friends of the Board are kept up to date about Associate Board volunteering, fundraising and social events and opportunities. They help out whey they are able and have no fundraising or engagement requirements. Friends of the Board generally attend at least one Special Olympics Chicago Associate Board event per year.

Donate to the Associate Board’s Chicago Polar Plunge team

Each year the Associate Board along with their family and friends join together as their team Young, Wild & Freeze to take the Plunge into Lake Michigan to support the 7,500 athletes of Special Olympics Chicago! Check out how we celebrated the Virtual Polar Plunge in 2021 in this video:

Associate Board Member Stories

Lauren’s Story

When I was 12 years old, my little sister Lindsey competed it her first Special Olympics snowshoeing competition. Over a decade and a half later, the organization has been a central part of my life ever since. I am so thankful to Special Olympics, not only for giving athletes like my sister a chance to…

Michelle’s Story

I joined Special Olympics in college and have loved being involved with the organization ever since! As a student athlete in college, I was highly involved in helping at Special Olympic events. Whether I was helping teach golf at the NCAA championships, volunteering at a weekend SO basketball tournament, plunging with our entire athletic organization…

Lauren’s Story

I got involved with Special Olympics because it means so much to me knowing I am helping transform the lives of others. I started volunteer coaching for Special Olympics in college and loved it. I even made a short documentary about Special Olympics and the athletes for a film class. I wanted to show that…