Special Olympics Illinois IL
Special Olympics Illinois (SOILL) provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympics started in Illinois in 1968. Since that time, Illinois has grown from one area program to the 18 area programs of today, offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports. More than 21,000 Special Olympics athletes (from age 8 to age 92!) now train and compete throughout Illinois. An additional 6,000 children ages 2 - 7, with and without disabilities, participate in our Young Athletes program. Special Olympics athletes develop healthier lifestyles, gain self-confidence, and learn scheduling, structure and life skills to use on and off the playing field.