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To the editor:
This week marks the 45th anniversary of the first
Special Olympics competition and the beginning of a global movement
that now includes more than 4 million adults and children with
intellectual disabilities. Illinois takes great pride in being the
site of the first Games at Soldier Field (July 20, 1968) and home to
some of the early visionaries in the movement, including Justice
Anne Burke, who organized that inaugural event.
Special Olympics has transformed the lives of thousands of people
in Illinois by giving athletes with intellectual disabilities a
platform to discover and develop their talents and to gain
recognition and respect. This is only the beginning.
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Special Olympics Illinois has a three-year plan to expand its
offerings and make the program available to more children and adults
in communities throughout the state. Special Olympics is a proven
winner in bringing people together in schools, in parks and
recreation settings, and in the community at large.
Help us change more lives. Encourage a local school or community
organization to start a program. Become an athlete, a volunteer or a
donor. Please visit www.soill.org or call 1-800-394-0562. Together,
we'll tackle the next 45 years.
President and CEO
Special Olympics Illinois
July 20, 2013]
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