Adults Go for the Gold at 2017 Spring Special Olympics

May 5, 2017

The Spring Special Olympics Chicago Games took place during the week of May 1, 2017. El Valor’s adult participants have been competing in the games for many years. Approximately 60 El Valor individuals participate each year. Athletes who received a gold medal are eligible to advance to State Summer Games that take place in Bloomington-Normal, IL in June.

Special Children’s Charities has been supporting the Special Olympics Chicago programs since 1969. The primary mission is to promote, foster, and encourage physical and mental health and improvement for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and closely related developmental disabilities.

El Valor’s Adult Spring 2017 Special Olympics gold medalists include:

  1. Alfred Aquilar, Gold in Softball Throw
  2. Tabitha Bonilla, Gold in 50M Run and Gold in Softball Throw
  3. Ruby Castillo, Gold in 100M Run
  4. Rosalba Chavez, Gold in Standing Long Jump
  5. Sophia Cordero, Gold Softball Throw
  6. Vincent Jordan, Gold in Softball Throw
  7. Luisa Lopez, Gold in Standing Long Jump
  8. Mary Phillips, Gold in 100M Run
  9. Leon Potter, Gold in 200M Run
  10. Jose Luis Salgado, Gold in Softball Throw
  11. Raul Sandoval, Gold in Powerlifting
  12. Tina Marie Abreu, Gold in Gymnastics Women’s Vaulting
  13. Edelmira Reina, Gold in Gymnastics Women’s Vaulting
  14. George Velazquez, Gold in Men’s Vaulting

Thank you to our longstanding partner, Piotrowski Park, for providing us with an outstanding practice space, and Top Notch Silkscreening for creating our new team logo and uniforms!