KCSO Family and Friends provides sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type events for children and adults with disabilities by 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. We also provide various opportunities for our members to grow socially.
KCSO is an independent, totally volunteer not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization which is self-funded through community donations. We believe that all athletes should have the opportunity to participate in Special Olympics regardless of their financial status and our fundraising efforts enable us to support this belief. We support one hundred athletes throughout Kendall County and the surrounding areas ranging in age from eight and seventy years old. We have been serving athletes with special needs in this community since 1970. KCSO serves Special Olympics Region C covering far west suburban Illinois.
KCSO athletes compete in seven sports annually: Snowshoeing, Swimming, Track and Field, Golf, Bocci, Rhythm Gymnastics and Bowling. All sports follow the same basic pattern: registration, training and practices, area competition, and then regional and/or state competition. We have been serving athletes with special needs since 1970.
KCSO Family & Friends Executive Board
KCSO Family and Friends Executive Board is made up of thirteen representatives. The board members consist of parent representatives, coaches, and volunteers. The Executive Board meets monthly to discuss the operational matters relating to our organization. They oversee the management and organization of the sub-committees, fundraising events, sporting event planning, competition event planning, budgetary and other areas of business as they arise. Board members devote an extensive amount of their time to ensure that all operations run smoothly and effectively.
- Lori Kuehn – President
- Lisa Hartmann – Vice President
- Donna Papke – Secretary
- Marcy Stefaniak – Treasurer
- Cheryl Evans – Member
- Patti Harbin – Member
- Colleen Kreinbrink – Member
- Edie McGregory – Member
- Eva Parisi – Member
- Sharon Ream – Member
- Michelle Worthington – Member
- JoAnn Randa – Accountant