Special Olympics Illinois Honor Cord Program

Special Olympics Illinois is a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. Through sports young people are agents of change to make a difference in building relationships, promoting inclusive school environments and communities.

The Special Olympics Illinois Honor Cord Program is designed to recognize and honor a student’s dedication, hard work, and commitment to be part of leading the next Generation Unified. Upcoming graduating high school seniors are eligible to receive the Special Olympics Illinois honor cords prior to their high school commencement ceremony to commemorate their hard work and dedication to Special Olympics Illinois and Unified Champion Schools. In order for a student to be considered for this honor program please fill out the following fields below with the appropriate demographic information, submit a headshot, and attach an essay detailing how Special Olympics Illinois and Unified Champion Schools have impacted your high school career and how you plan to #Choosetoinclude.  Be sure to mention roles and moments where you contributed to Special Olympics Illinois as a volunteer, Athlete, or Unified Partner. Dive deep and share your future endeavors to promote courage, teamwork, and being part of the #inclusionrevolution!

Please submit all necessary information no later than November 10, 2023 for winter commencement and April 26, 2024 for spring commencement.  All entries received after these dates will not be taken into consideration.  If selected you will receive a notification and a date of when you will receive your honor cords prior to your commencement. Thank you for all of the contributions that you have made during high school career and look forward to seeing you be a leader in the #UnifiedGeneration!

Special Olympics Illinois Honor Cord Program


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