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The Knights of C0lumbus has been a sponsor of Special Olympics for over 50 years.  As sponsors of the annual Summer Olympics Illinois 2020 Virtual Summer Games, the Illinois Knights of Columbus State Council shared the following letter from SOILL.org:

This week marks Special Olympics Illinois’ first ever Virtual Summer Games! Our team has put together an exciting week of activities, including an eSports Game Night and Tournament, a Virtual Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies (with a Victory Dance of course), and much more! Please find the schedule attached, and you can find more event details and how to watch/participate virtually at: http://virtualsummergames.soill.org/event-calendar/.

We’re excited to have you all be a part of the week’s activities and are asking for your help in spreading the word. Here are a few ways you can assist our 23,000 athletes.

  1.     RSVP for Virtual Summer GamesYou can RSVP for Virtual Summer Games by visiting virtualsummergames.soill.org/ and selecting “RSVP” from the menu along the top, which will direct you to the Facebook event page.

  1.      Sign up for the Virtual Torch Run!Traditionally the week leading up to Summer Games, law enforcement personnel across the state would carry the Flame of Hope® nearly 1,500 miles to its final destination – the Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. Since we cannot do our traditional Torch Run this year, we are asking EVERYONE to help keep the Flame of Hope® burning bright by pledging to run/walk/bike two miles during the Special Olympics Illinois Virtual Summer Games week taking place June 9-14. How you cover those 2 miles is completely up to you! Participate as an individual or create a team with family, friends, and coworkers. Each participant will receive a printable #SOILLStandsTogether sign to snap a picture with during your efforts.  Share this photo and others from your journey with us on social media by using #SOILLStandsTogether and tagging @SpecialOlympicsIllinois on Instagram and Facebook. Then tune in to the Virtual Summer Games Torch Run featured at 5:00 PM CT on Saturday, June 13 via Facebook! Click the above link to sign up!

Thank you all for your support and dedication to the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois!


Dave Breen | President & CEO | Special Olympics Illinois

605 E. Willow St., Normal, IL 61761 | P: 309-888-2564 | C: 309-532-4135