2011 North America Special Olympics
Softball Championships Come to Fox Valley Aug. 26-28



Moose International Brings National Invitational to Elgin

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MOOSEHEART, IL - Twenty-eight Special Olympics softball teams and a total of up to 600 participants and their families from 14 states and Canada, will be descending on Elgin and Mooseheart, IL for the 2011 Special Olympics National Invitational Softball Championship, sponsored by the Moose fraternal organization, Aug. 26-28.

In the third consecutive year that the 1.1-million-member Moose fraternal organization is sponsoring Special Olympics North America Softball, opening ceremonies and the trademark ceremonial torch lighting will take place at Mooseheart’s football stadium, at halftime of the Mooseheart-vs.-Alden-Hebron football game, set to kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.

Then, softball tournament play will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, at the Elgin Sports Complex, 709 Sports Way, Elgin.  The entrance is on McLean Boulevard, three blocks south of the McLean exit from U.S. Rte. 20.  Special Olympics play will occupy five of the complex’s 10 softball fields; the other fields will be occupied by the 2011 International Moose Softball Tournament, simultaneously.  Eight Moose Lodge/Chapter teams from throughout North America will be participating.

Spectator admission will be free of charge to both events throughout the weekend.

Special Olympics Softball programs participating include those from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and Canada.

Attending the tournament on Sunday will be both Miss Illinois 2011, Hannah Smith and Elgin Mayor David Kaptain.

Medal ceremonies will take place at the complex on Sunday evening, following the conclusion of play.

On-site equipment storage will be provided by Indian Motorcycles of Chicago.

The entrance to Elgin Sports Complex is less than a mile from the Elgin Moose Family Center, which will provide a “picnic” atmosphere throughout the weekend for all Moose members and their qualified guests. 

Founded in 1888, the Moose organization has long offered its members an opportunity to do good for others while celebrating life, with family, social, and sporting activities. For more information on the Moose organization and Mooseheart, please visit the websites at www.Mooseheart.org and www.MooseIntl.org or call 630-966-2229.

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