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…

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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…

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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…

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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!),…

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Mt. Hood Ski Camp

Earlier this month, we sponsored a fun and educational trip for four of our athletes. Chicago Park District, Special Olympics Administrator Eileen Guinane wrote about their trip: Special Olympics Chicago athletes traveled to Oregon June 3–June 11 to participate in the Spectrum Ski Camp at Mt.Hood. This camp was started to give athletes with intellectual…

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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta

We are featuring some favorite recipes from members of our Board of Directors and Associate Board! Today we are sharing a recipe for Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Spicy Chicken Sausage Pasta from Lauren Drennan Serves 6 Ingredients 1 pound of penne pasta (I used gluten free) 2 teaspoons olive oil ¾ pound of spicy chicken…

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Lunch Room Butter Cookies

We are featuring some favorite recipes from members of our Board of Directors and Associate Board! Today we are sharing a recipe for Lunch Room Butter Cookies from Sheila O’Callaghan! Serves 6 Ingredients 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter 2½  cup all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 1…

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Chicken ala King

We are featuring some favorite recipes from members of our Board of Directors and Associate Board! Today we are sharing Chicken ala King from our Associate Board President Michelle Schoch! Serves 6 Ingredients 1 small onion, chopped ½ cup butter ½ cup flour 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper 1 ½ milk 1 ¼ cups…

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Chocolate Mint Cookies

We are featuring some favorite recipes from members of our Board of Directors and Associate Board! Today we are sharing Marcie Harrison’s Chocolate Mint Cookies! Ingredients 3 Cup of flour 2/3 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 1 1/3 Cup (2 sticks + 5 Tbsp) softened unsalted butter 2 Cups…

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