Special Olympics Illinois

Peoria Toyota is a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics Illinois!


David H Desmond Jr. is at it again. At Peoria Toyota we are very excited to be sponsoring the @Special Olympics Illinois 1st Annual Polar Plunge at the Peoria Civic Center on February 16, 2019. Greg Whitten said we are putting together a team and we need to start practicing today! Unfortunately everyone laughed and David had to go at it all alone! Don’t miss future posts and information about taking part in this awesome event.



We’re rapidly approaching our big battle at the 2018 Lip Sync Battle to Benefit Special Olympics Illinois and supporting all the Special Olympics Illinois – Region G athletes on August 9th at Mackinaw Valley Winery! We think we have a pretty solid team this year in Misty Tunyuck, Amanda Larkin,and Simon Gayed under David H Desmond Jr.s tough love. What do you think?

Check out the video for the recent Lip Sync Battle at Mackinaw Valley Winery last week! We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated their time and money and also a big thank you again to Mackinaw Valley Winery for hosting the 2018 Lip Sync Battle to Benefit Special Olympics Illinois and for everyone involved for allowing us the pleasure of being the main sponsor for the event! David H Desmond Jr., Amanda Larkin, and Misty Tunyuck lip sync’d their hearts out. Congratulations to the Women’s Team of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on taking home the prizes for the most money raised and Best Performance! We’d also like to personally again thank our very own David Desmond for all of the volunteer work he does for Special Olympics both with his time as a softball coach for Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA) and all of the other time and energy he donates to this special cause that he is passionate about. We’re proud to have him on our Peoria Toyota team every day!

David and Team HISRA Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA) and Special Olympics Illinois – Region G Softball had a great season full of fun that ended last weekend. Unfortunately, they didn’t make it to state this year, but they had lots of fun like always and that’s what it’s really all about!


About Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 20,000 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.

Special Olympics began in Illinois with the first games at Soldier Field in July 1968 thanks to the efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her peers. There are now more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. Special Olympics is financially sound with diverse revenue streams, a thorough annual budget process and increasing organizational revenue streams. Special Olympics Illinois does not charge athletes or their families to participate in the program.


Provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, 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.


“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”


  • 23,197 athletes (children and adults) with intellectual disabilities
  • 19,631 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities
  • 48,300 volunteers and coaches
  • 201 competitions each year
  • 18 Olympic-type sports
  • Programs in 11 Regions, each coordinated by a Region Director and a volunteer committee
  • Dynamic sports and corporate partnerships