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Recognizing that recreational and leisure activities are important in developing a well-rounded individual, Manteno Schools have chosen to be involved in the Special Olympics program. Special Olympics Illinois “provides sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” Manteno’s participation began in the spring of 2009 with Track & Field; Basketball Skills was added in the winter of 2013.

Special Olympics Oath:

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."


Participation among students age 8 – high school is voluntary. Manteno Special Olympians train under volunteer coaches and participate in Area 8 qualifying competitions. The Basketball Skills competition takes place in January with the State competition in March on the campus of Illinois State University. Track & Field competition is in May with State qualifiers moving on to the Summer Games at ISU in June.





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