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What is the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby? It's a signature annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois! Thousands of spectators watch over 50,000 yellow rubber ducks splash into the Chicago River from the Columbus Drive bridge in downtown Chicago and race down river towards the finish line. Race Day kicks off at 10am on Thursday, August 4, 2016* at 400 North Michigan Avenue (The Wrigley Building) with entertainment for the entire family. Splashdown for the Duck Derby is at 1pm. All proceeds benefit over 22,000 athletes and more than 20,000 Young Athletes across Illinois. *tentative date

How do I adopt a duck? You can Adopt a duck for only $5. Get more chances to win by purchasing a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) or Diamond Duck Pack (240 ducks for $1,000)!

*Are you adopting a duck on behalf of a friend, co-worker or family member affiliated with a Sales Team? If so, be sure to select the team you want to get credit for your adoption. Click on a team member name to give credit to a specific person.

What if my duck wins? You could be the winner of one of our great prizes including a 2016 Chevy Malibu, an All-Inclusive Apple Vacation to Cancun and other fabulous prizes!

How do I get involved? Sales teams are forming now. Put together a group of friends, colleagues or family members to join the fun. Teams compete for bragging rights and great prizes. To form a Sales Team click here. For more information on starting a team or to volunteer, contact Shelley Chenoweth at schenoweth@soill.org or 630-942-5619.

Meet Allie – Our 2016 Duck Ambassador!

Allie has competed in a variety of Special Olympics Illinois sports since 2001 including bocce, soccer, bowling, basketball, gymnastics and athletics (track and field). This spring she will begin competing in aquatics and rhythmic gymnastics. She is also a Global Messenger and has been trained to give speeches that educate groups of all sizes about her experience with Special Olympics Illinois. She recently spoke to over 500 guests at a dinner for the Knights of Columbus.

When not performing with various musical theatre groups, Allie works as a volunteer at a local KinderCare helping with 3 and 4 year olds and is currently enrolled in a 2-year life skills program through Harper College. A member of the athlete-driven duck sales team, The Darling Ducklings, she sells ducks and brings awareness to the event throughout her community.


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