CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 04/23/14 -- Presence Health today announced it is recognizing Special Olympics Illinois and Special Olympics Chicago with its first-ever System Inspire Award for Community Service. The System Inspire Award honors a leader or organization that inspires communities across Illinois and exemplifies the values that inspire Presence Health's service to the community.
Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics changes the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by solving the isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Presence Health's System Inspire Award recognizes Special Olympics Illinois and Special Olympics Chicago for inspiring its communities to promote health and wellness in new ways and enhancing the quality of life for all people it serves.
"We are truly honored to receive this award," said Dr. Casey Hogan, President of Special Children's Charities/Special Olympics Chicago. "We thank Presence Health for joining our team as we continue to build a community of acceptance and inclusion for all."
"Special Olympics Illinois is proud to be awarded the System Inspire Award for Community Service by Presence Health," said Dave Breen, President and CEO of Special Olympics Illinois. "We are actively focused on bringing our sports programs and health initiatives to more individuals throughout Chicago and Illinois in order to improve the quality of life for athletes with intellectual disabilities as well as their families and the communities in which they live," he added.
"Special Olympics Illinois and Special Olympics Chicago are organizations we look to as strong models of how we can provide greater opportunities for our communities to enrich the health and wellness of families everywhere," said Sandra Bruce, President & CEO. "We are proud to have them as our first Inspire Award recipient."
In addition to the System Inspire Award, local Inspire Awards are also being presented to individuals and organizations in each hospital's community within Presence Health's footprint. These recipients will be recognized at the Inspire Award ceremony on June 4 in Chicago, alongside Special Olympics Illinois and Special Olympics Chicago.
About Presence Health
Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November, 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of nearly $3 billion.
About Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 Traditional Athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.
About Special Olympics Chicago
The primary mission of Special Olympics Chicago to promote, foster and encourage physical and mental health and improvement for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and closely related developmental disabilities.