The Special Olympics has had a great impact upon my family, because two of my own brothers are Special Olympians. Since they have competed in the past, I've seen first hand the impact of this organization on it's participants.
My oldest brother Aaron has competed in Track and Field, Basketball, and his all time favorite bowling in the past through the Special Olympics. Aaron has Downs Syndrome and rarely talks, but when he having a good time he is always far more vocal. Special Olympics in the past has given him a way to stay active and have a good time. The happiest I've seen Aaron is the dance he used to do after rolling his ball down the lane and hitting pins. Regardless of how many fell, he shaked his booty.
My older brother Quinn has in the past competed in Track and Field and Basketball. Quinn's favorite Special Olympic sport is Basketball! He takes the game seriously, but also allows himself to have a good time. Quinn has reduced movement due to Cerebral Palsy, but it doesn't stop him from running up and down the court. I will never forget how excited he got after making a basket at one of his games, because after he proceeded to only talk about it when we went out to eat in celebration. Quinn notices the difference in how he is treated within the world due to his disability, but when he was competing the the Special Olympics he was allowed to be a normal kid.
The Special Olympics offers it's athlete something that money can't buy, but without your monetary support it wouldn't be possible. Even if you can't donate a lot, anything will help keep these athlete's one the court, pool, and everywhere in between. Last time I was able to raise over $200 for the Special Olympics, LET HIT THIS NUMBER OUT OF THE PARK!
It is going to be frigid! This winter I will #PlungeWith Special Olympics Illinois at the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge. That is right! I have committed to “be bold and get cold” for the 22,000 Special Olympics athletes participating across Illinois.
While I’m getting cold just thinking about it, I’m excited to join the thousands of warm-hearted individuals that will participate in the Polar Plunge. While my Plunge promises to be a little frigid, I do not mind because I am supporting the amazing athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.
To jump into the frigid waters, I have set a personal fundraising goal and I need your help to reach it! Any amount is appreciated – it all goes to one “cool” cause and gets me that much closer to my icy dip. Best of all, your donation helps provide athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in Special Olympics programs and reveal their inner champion.
Donating through this site is simple, fast, and secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to my Polar Plunge efforts and show your support for Special Olympics Illinois. If you would like to #PlungeWith me or learn more about this “official event of winter,” visit www.plungeillinois.com for all of the chilly details.
Thanks in advance for your support – and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!