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The primary mission of Special Children's Charities (SCC) is to raise funds and provide products and services for the Special Olympics program in Chicago. SCC is committed to providing year-round sports training and programs for Chicago's children and adults with mental retardation or closely related developmental disabilities.
It all began in Chicago in 1968 when 1,000 children from 26 states and Canada gathered at Soldier Field to participate in the first Special Olympics Games. Today, Special Olympics is a worldwide sports movement that involves over 1.2 million Special Olympics athletes in more than 150 countries. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills, and encourage family support. In Chicago -- It all began with people who care... when a group of business leaders created Special Children's Charities in 1969 to support the Chicago Special Olympics program. SCC raises money through grants, corporate and individual donations, and special events to support an expanding Special Olympics program in Chicago incooperation with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and the Special Olympics Chicago programs. SCC encourages research and study in the fields of Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation, and Adaptive Education through four annual scholarship awards. Each year, SCC helps to increase program enrollment of eligible children and adults with mental retardation. Currently, SCC supports more than 5,000 (including over 4,000 registered athletes) children and adults with mental retardation in 22 sports training and events.
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