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 at a local bar where they plan fundraising, volunteering and social events to benefit our athletes. Each member serves on a committee (events, community engagement, membership, PR, or finance) and has a minimum goal of raising $500 dollars and volunteering 10 hours annually. For more information, email

2020 Event and Community Engagement:

February – Young Wild and Freeze Bingo Night!

2019 Events and Community Engagement:

March – Chicago Polar Plunge Team “Young Wild and Freeze”
June – Shred and Sip Event
September – Volleyball Tournament, Bocce Ball Tournament (Volunteer Opportunity)
October – Halloween Party with Special Olympics Chicago Athletes
December – Snowshoe (Volunteer Opportunity)
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! They’ll be celebrating the Plunge’s 20th Anniversary on March 1, 2020 and they need your help! Make a donation or join their team today!

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…