Emma’s Story

I volunteer with Special Olympics because I love working with a group that positively impacts the lives of children and adults with disabilities. I am a Special Education teacher and have always gotten so much joy out of working with this amazing community. I always look forward to the athlete Halloween party! It’s so fun…

Kate M.’s Story

I joined Special Olympics Chicago’s Associate Board because I love how much joy, community and movement Special Olympics brings to the world. I’ve volunteered with Special Olympics across the county (like a flag football league in North Carolina!) and I have family who have coached and competed. My favorite Special Olympics Chicago Associate Board memories…

Tim’s Story

I’m a life-long sports enthusiast. Most of my best memories come from playing sports and spending time with my teammates. I started refereeing Special Olympics basketball games in high school and I got involved again right after graduating from college. My favorite Special Olympics Chicago memory is when I was able to volunteer and referee…

Katy’s Story

One of the reasons why I chose to go to Villanova University for college (Go Cats!) is because it hosts the largest student-run Special Olympics event in the world. I was fortunate enough to meet and spend time with incredible athletes from Special Olympics Pennsylvania (Special shoutout to JC, Lisa, Dan and Lancaster County athletes!),…

Lauren P.’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 D.’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…