July 2022
Celebrating Disability Pride Month
This month is Disability Pride Month. Every July, we remember the passing of the Americans With Disabilities Act in July of 1990. This important piece of legislation would not have been enacted without the hard work and dedication of people with disabilities.
Twenty-two years later, we are proud to continue that work as we strive to create a more inclusive world and provide opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We hope you'll take a moment to celebrate this fantastic community. We are so proud of all of our athletes' accomplishments, big and small.
Save the date for the 23rd Annual Chicago Polar Plunge!

It's hot outside, so we're staying cool by getting ready for the 2023 Chicago Polar Plunge! Join us Sunday, March 5 at North Avenue Beach for this winter tradition. We're planning another exciting event to help support our athletes, so stay tuned for more details.
The LAZ Golf Outing is coming soon!

The 10th Annual LAZ Golf Outing is coming up on Thursday, September 27 at Cantigny Golf Course in Wheaton! Proceeds from this fun day of golf go to support our athletes and mission. You can be a part of this milestone event by registering or becoming a sponsor here.
Check out lots of summer fun with our athletes!
Our athletes have been busy this summer! They've been competing, having fun, and trying new things. Check out some of the activities they've been doing this month.
Kickball League
Athletes in the Chicago Park District's Special Recreation day camps have been enjoying a great kickball league at La Villita Park on Thursdays this summer.
Cooking with FarmTaste
Our athletes are making the most of fresh food and summer weather by learning to cook some favorites like burgers, corn, and summer salad!
Improv Workshops with Second City
Athletes participating in Special Rec camps at the Chicago Park District are having so much fun playing improv games and learning the fundamentals of improv in this fun program. It kicked off this week at Columbus Park and Mt. Greenwood Park. We are so excited to be able to provide activities like this!
Family Opportunities
We've been making the most of summer weather with the Chicago Park District's Family Opportunities! Fishing, Archery, Golf, Kayaking, and more are all underway.
Blues Camp
Our Special Rec campers are having a blast this summer singing the blues and learning how to play the harmonica with the legendary Chicago Blues Hall of Famer-Fernando Jones Blues Camp! The event kicked off this week at Jesse Owens and Bessemer Parks and will be at more soon!
Family Camping
Last weekend, some of our athletes and their families attended a memorable camping trip right here in the city! The Chicago Park District organized this overnight at Northerly Island! It was lots of fun, and we can't wait for the next one!
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Check out the latest episode of Special Olympics Chicago on CAN TV
The July episode of the Special Olympics Chicago CAN TV show is now on Youtube! This month's episode features an interview with our new Program Manager, Maureen Perez, and recaps of both USA Games and State Summer Games.
Family Opportunities from the Chicago Park District

Summer is here, and so are new family opportunities from the Chicago Park District! This season, athletes and their families can try mini golf, driving range, archery, kayaking, and bowling. They also have fun chances to explore some of Chicago's museums and nature with City Explorers. Download the flier and sign up today!
Athlete Artwork Feature
Our July calendar artwork is called "Golfing in the Park" by Miguel Dominguez of Vittum Park! Golf is such a popular summer activity, and we hope all of our athletes are able to try Mini Golf and the Driving Range at Diversey with the Chicago Park District's Family Opportunities. Click here to find the schedule and sign up.
Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children's Charities
2 E 8th Street, Suite 2M
Chicago, IL 60605

312-527-3743 scc@sochicago.org