NORMAL – Goodwill Northern Illinois was named 2013 Special Olympics Illinois Outstanding Organization of the Year June 14. The group was recognized before opening ceremonies at Illinois State University.
Sam Schmits, president of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois and Wisconsin Stateline, and Courtney Gieger, mission services director, accepted the award.
The decoration recognizes a club, business, or organization whose efforts significantly have improved the Special Olympics Illinois athletes’ experiences either locally or statewide.
For the past 29 years, Goodwill has provided the facility, along with the reception, copy, phone, and fax machines. Goodwill trucks also have assisted in delivering equipment for Rockford Polar Plunge and Spring Games. It also has had the largest team for the Rockford Polar Plunge, raising between $5,000 and $10,000 each year.
Goodwill operates a store in Sterling.