The 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics was celebrated in July 2018. From the very beginning we were a part of the effort, so it was a thrill to be honored guests at the Reception and the Ceremonies. Two of our members who were there at the first games returned, along with National President. Please note the striking Eternal Flame installation. On the day of the dedication there were massive storms, so the ceremony had to be cut short. As always the Olympic and Clipped Wings spirits prevailed.
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Since 1987, Clipped Wings® has participated with Special Olympics in several ways including; planning and hosting receptions for parents and guardians of the Athletes, Cessna Airlifts, organizing Award Ceremonies, and providing Family Lounges.
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Presently, we provide Grants for the Athletes families to travel, and watch their loved ones participate in the Special Olympic National & World Games.
We continue to seek avenues to best support the developmentally disabled, and other charities on both a national level and in local chapters.
O’Hare Chapter adds a van to the fleet for Countryside facility. They previously donated a truck to Countryside.
Children deplane after flying to the North Pole on Fantasy Flights across the country. The Newark Chapter decorated a room at Ronald McDonald House. Many chapters stuff stockings for overseas Military. Chapters hold holiday parties and special events for their local facilities for the Developmently Disabled.