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1 Illinois 2015 Special Olympics Illinois Opportunities Denise Samulis Senior Director of Corporate Development & Partnerships C: E:

2 To provide 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. 2 Mission

3 About Us 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 more 21,955 traditional and 20,866 Young Athletes throughout the state. With the support of 40,000 volunteers and coaches.

4 History & Structure Founder – Eunice Kennedy ShriverFirst Games – 1968 at Soldier Field in ChicagoLocal – 18 areas in Illinois, each overseen by an Area DirectorState – Special Olympics Illinois Normal, ILNational – Special Olympics North America, North Carolina, USAInternational – Special Olympics Inc. Washington, D.C., USA 3 / Special Olympics Illinois

5 Organizational Facts Special Olympics is a Global Movement that happens at the grassroots level. More than 4 million athletes participate in more than 170 countries and in all 50 states. Special Olympics USA Games were held June , 2014 in New Jersey, with 53 traditional athletes and 6 unified partners representing Illinois, in attendance. Special Olympics World Games with be held in Los Angeles, CA July 25- August 2. 5 / Special Olympics Illinois

6 Competition Choices 9 / Special Olympics Illinois Athletes must train for 8 weeks before competition. Special Olympics Illinois offers athletes a variety of ways they can compete in the program as individuals, on teams with their nondisabled peers.

7 Motor Activities Training The Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) provides comprehensive motor activity recreation training for people with severe disabilities, Emphasizing training and participation rather than competition. 10 / Special Olympics Illinois MATP is part of Special Olympics’ commitment to offer sports training to athletes of all ability levels.

8 Individual sports Skills Individual Sports Skills offered: Basketball Soccer Golf Softball Tennis Volleyball Floor Hockey 8 Individual Sports Skills allow athletes to develop sports skills in a competitive format. It is designed to serve as a stepping stone for athletes to become members of a team as they master skills and team concepts.

9 Team Competitions Team Sports include: Basketball Floor Hockey SoccerSoftballVolleyball 9 Athletes participating in Team Competitions learn the essential skills of a particular team sport, appropriate social behavior and functional knowledge of the rules, enabling them to successfully participate in regulation or modified games.

10 Individual sports Competition Alpine Skiing Aquatics (Swimming) Athletics (Track & Field) BocceBowling Cross- Country Skiing Equestrian Figure Skating GolfGymnastics PowerliftingSnowshoeing Speed Skating TennisFlag Football 10 Athletes competing in Individual Sports learn fundamental skills and compete with others in non-team events.

11 Unified Sports Unified Sports combine Special Olympics and non-Special Olympics athletes of similar age and ability to compete against other Unified Sports teams. This program is important because it expands opportunities for athletes seeking new challenges and increases integration in the community. Illinois offers Unified Sports competition in four sports at the State level: BocceGolfTennisVolleyballSoccer 11

12 Young Athletes Level 1: Physical activities focused on developing fundamental motor tracking and eye-hand coordination. Level 2: Application of the physical activities through sports skills activities and developing skills consistent with Special Olympics sports play. 12 / Special Olympics Illinois Young Athletes Program is a sports play program for children 2-7 years of age with and without intellectual disabilities. Young Athletes Program addresses two levels of play:

13 Healthy athletes The Healthy Athletes Initiative is dedicated to providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes. Through free health screenings, training for healthcare professionals, and evaluation of the health status of people with intellectual disabilities. The programs Illinois Offers are: Opening Eyes Fun Fitness Healthy Hearing MedFest Special Smiles 13

14 Athlete Leadership Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) allow athletes to participate in roles previously considered “non- traditional.” Illinois offers the following ALPs roles: Global Messenger Training Athlete Input Council Board of Directors Officiate Coach Volunteer Area and State committees Games Evaluation Teams Contribute to newsletters/ website Fundraising 14

15 Funding Special Olympics is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501c3 0rganization. Special Olympics Illinois does not charge athletes to participate in its program. Funds are raised through: corporate partnerships foundation grants individual gifts and estate gifts service clubs special events 15

16 Athletes Competing allows athletes to develop sports skills, build self-esteem, physical fitness and social time with other athletes. A study conducted by Yale University confirmed that athletes participating in Special Olympics develop better social skills than their non-participating peers, thus enabling them to more fully function in their homes, schools, jobs and communities. Special Olympics trains for life. 16

17 Families Parents, grandparents, and siblings see their family members develop sports skills like any other athlete, then complete and interact with other athletes, officials, volunteers and coaches. Special Olympics unites families in supporting their athletes on local, state, national and international levels. 17

18 Volunteers Special Olympics unites families in supporting their athletes on local, state and international levels. Parents, grandparents, and siblings see their family members develop sports skills like any other athlete, then complete and interact with other athletes, officials, volunteers and coaches. 18

19 Sponsors People make an investment in their community through Special Olympics, whether through sponsoring an event or competition, a cause-related marketing campaign or private donation. According to a study done by Worth magazine, Special Olympics is one of the best human services charities in the country. “Special Olympics has moved people with disabilities from the sidelines to the playing field.” Supporting Special Olympics can also help members or employees feel they are contributing to the community by rallying behind a common goal and take pride in their organization. 19

20 End the Word Spread the Word to End the Word is a national awareness day to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. On the first Wednesday of March each year, youth across the country rally their schools and communities to pledge their support at Spearheaded by college students, Soeren Palumbo (Notre Dame 2011) and Tim Shriver (Yale 2011), and led by youth and Special Olympics athletes across the country. 20

21 Our Reach in Illinois 21,955 athletes (children and adults) with intellectual disabilities 20,886 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities 40,000 volunteers and coaches 180 competitions each year 19 Olympic-type sports Programs in 18 Areas, each coordinated by an Area Director and a volunteer committee Dynamic sports and corporate partnerships

22 Sports AquaticsAthleticsBasketball Snow- shoeing Bowling Flag Football Ice SkatingSkiingVolleyballGolfGymnastics Power Lifting 6 / Special Olympics Illinois

23 Why Special Olympics? We get Results Coca-Cola Sold 14.4 million commemorative Special Olympics Coke cans in just 3 weeks (projected 10 week program) GMC Truck Dealers Recorded a 40% increase in sales during July Special Olympics sponsorship period. Dollar-Rent- A-Car Travel Posted a 50% increase in travel agency business during a six week Special Olympics promotion 23

24 Why Special Olympics? Consumers recognize affiliation 56% Special Olympics 38% The Olympic Games 35% The World Cup 23%The Super Bowl 24 Consumers purchase intent is much higher for companies that affiliate with Special Olympics vs. other major sports properties

25 Why Special Olympics? Lucrative Demographics Special Olympics Illinois has 100,000 donors and over 45,000 volunteers 46 years old 62% female 60% college graduates Average house hold income $65,000 Average Spectator Facts: 25

26 Why Special Olympics? Americans Trust Special Olympics 73% of Americans rated Special Olympics as the most honest charity in the United States In a poll conducted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Special Olympics was rated by the public as the most credible cause in America. 26

27 Why Special Olympics? Americans Know Special Olympics 95% Name recognition in the United States 96% felt people with intellectual disabilities could benefit from Special Olympics. 83% felt Special Olympics enabled people with intellectual disabilities to interact with the general public. (Gallop Poll) Special Olympics touches the lives of one in every six families in America (Yale University Study) 27

28 About Law Enforcement Torch Run The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® has raised nearly $28 million over 27 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments. Approximately 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement across the state from local police officers to FBI agents will carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, running through thousands of Illinois communities via 23 different legs (routes) to its final destination – the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games in June in Normal. 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 more than 21,000 athletes, 40,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide.

29 First Look for Charity – February 13, 2015 For the fourth year in a row, Special Olympics Illinois is delighted to participate as one of 18 benefitting charities in the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity. This annual black-tie affair provides attendees with a “first look” at the nation’s largest auto show before it opens to the public. SOILL ticket purchasers are invited to attend a private reception at McCormick Place including appetizers, drinks and complimentary coat check. Polar Plunge February- March 2015 Support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of an Illinois lake. In 2012, there were 20 locations across the state. Participants raise donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters in the middle of winter. All proceeds collected by plungers benefit Special Olympics Illinois athletes. In 2012, more than $1.5 million was raised by more than 6,290 plungers. In 14 years, $7.5 million has been raised by more than 28,300 plungers! 2015 Events

30 Dunkin' Donuts Cop on Top Fundraiser – May 2015 Police officers will once again be staking out the rooftops of 174 Dunkin' Donuts across the state to heighten awareness and raise donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. Torch Run “Spare Change for Real Change” Collection Day – week of July 14, 2015 Police officers throughout the state will grab collection buckets and hit street corners, stores, and other areas of high traffic to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois marks the 47th anniversary of the beginning of Special Olympics, celebrating the first games held at Soldier Field in Chicago. Nelarusky July 29, 2015 Nelarusky is official event that kicks off the Lolla Palooza music fest, held in Grant Park. The intimacy of the venue gives sponsors the chance to reach out to a captive, engaged audience of year old music lovers. The lineup is a closely guarded secret, and will reflect some of the hottest performers on the music scene. Tickets will sell out Events

31 Windy City Rubber Ducky Deby – August 6, 2015 For the 10 th straight year, SOILL will host the annual Duck Derby on August 6, The Duck Derby has become a signature event for Special Olympics Illinois! Since 2006, the Duck Derby has raised well over $1 million for the athletes of SOILL! Race day kicks off at Michigan Avenue (near the Wrigley Building and Pioneer Court) with entertainment for the entire family, media personalities, professional athletes and sports mascots interacting with the race enthusiasts as they adopt ducks to win spectacular prizes such as a new car or a vacation package. Run Shop‘n Save T-Shirt Days – August 2015 Local law enforcement will be selling Torch Run T-shirts and other merchandise at all 16 Illinois Shop ‘n Save locations as part of this annual promotion. Be sure to stop by your nearest Shop ‘n Save and support the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois. Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Raffle – Drawing Held October 2015 Since 1998, the Kane County Chiefs of Police Association has sponsored a Harley- Davidson Raffle to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois. Nearly $950,000 has been raised through this raffle since its inception. You can purchase your $10 ticket from participating local law enforcement or by calling the SOILL State Headquarters at The six finalists will be drawn on October Events

32 Torch Run Plane Pull at O’Hare International Airport – September 2015 The Plane Pull is an extreme team sport to play tug-of-war with a UPS Airbus A300 aircraft weighing more than 198,000 pounds. That’s right — the plane weighs more than 99 tons! Why pull a plane? Sure, it sounds crazy, but it’s a fun, competitive and great team-building experience like no other! Plus, it raises both funds and awareness for Special Olympics Illinois. Who can participate? Teams can include up to 20 people. Create a team to build camaraderie and test your muscle! Recruit your co-workers, friends from the gym, church group, classmates, teammates, friends, family...anyone can do it! Coaster Challenge – September 27, 2015 WE have the perfect way for you to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois and show the world you are a true RAGING BULL. Simply register, fundraise and ride the distance of a 5K, 10K or a Marathon. World’s Largest Truck Convoy – October 2015 Join America’s compassionate army of truck drivers as the nation’s law enforcement community escorts the World’s Largest Truck Convoy® fundraising event across the nation to raise money or Special Olympics athletes and change attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities. The Illinois Convoy will begin and conclude at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. Inspire Greatness Gala – October TBD The Inspire Greatness Gala is a premier Chicago charity gala event. This spectacular black-tie event celebrates the mission of Special Olympics and the founding of the Special Olympics movement in Chicago 45 years ago. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, signature high-end sports-themed Live/Silent auctions, dancing and celebrity appearances Events

33 Opportunities for involvement Co-Branded Products Onsite Hospitality Sampling & Couponing Team Building Onsite Volunteers Cause Marketing Experiential Opportunity Premium Item- Give Away Mobile & Web Programs Traffic Driving Promotions

34 Event Photos Torch Run Plane Pull Polar Plunge Athletic Competitions

35 Area Map 35

36 State Competitions DISTRICT CROSS-COUNTRY & SNOWSHOE TOURNAMENTS: Various Sites December- January DISTRICT SENIOR MALE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS: Various Sites January- February WINTER GAMES: Galena, Ill. & Dubuque, Iowa February 2-5 Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Snowshoeing STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington-Normal March DISTRICT AQUATICS MEETS: Various sites March-April DISTRICT GYMNASTICS MEETS: Various sites March-April SUMMER GAMES: Illinois State University, Normal June Aquatics, Athletics, Bocce, Gymnastics, Power lifting, Soccer and Unified Bocce DISTRICT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENTS: Various Sites July- August STATE TENNIS TOURNAMENT: Lincolnway North High School, Frankfort (Tentative) Tennis and Unified Tennis Aug OUTDOOR SPORTS FESTIVAL: Decatur Area Golf, Unified Golf and Softball September SECTIONAL BOWLING TOURNAMENTS: Various Sites October- November FALL GAMES: Rockford Area(Tentative) Equestrian, Volleyball and Unified Volleyball October STATE FLOOR HOCKEY TOURNAMENT: Chicago Area November 14th STATE BOWLING TOURNAMENT: Landmark Lanes, Peoria December 5

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