BENEFITING: Special Olympics Illinois
EVENT DATE: Jul 25, 2015
I’m cycling across Iowa in this year’s 500-mile RAGBRAI ride (July 19 – 25) and am dedicating each day in support of an important charitable organization. I’ll use the ride as an opportunity to raise funds and help create awareness for these organizations and the causes they support.
Special Olympics Illinois is among the organizations I’ll be supporting during RAGBRAI. Day 7 (July 25th, Coralville to Davenport) will be in support of Special Olympics Illinois and in celebration of the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies taking place on this day, in Los Angeles. 15 athletes and 8 coaches from Illinois have been named to Special Olympics Team USA for the World Games.
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Special Olympics Illinois provides opportunities for nearly 22,000 athletes, 40,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide through 18 Area programs in all 102 counties of the state.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, 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.
This day is also dedicated in memory of Marion “Cooney” Simon, who introduced me to Special Olympics in 1979.
If you'd like to join me in supporting Special Olympics Illinois, please donate here! Thanks!