Evanston Special Olympics participants recognized with award

Tori Latham, City Editor

The group of Evanston participants in the Special Olympics received recognition for being an “outstanding team,” the city announced Monday.

Leonard Woodson, the city’s Special Olympics program manager, and the Evanston team athletes and coaches received the 11th annual Kevin T. Kendrigan Outstanding Team Award on April 26 at the Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 track meet, which included teams from around Cook County’s northern suburbs.

Area director Jordan Feldman lauded Evanston’s team for its great athletes and coaches, as well as its impact on the city’s community, the news release said.

Feldman also commended the city’s participants for their commitment to better the quality of life and emphasize a leisurely lifestyle for those with disabilities through advocacy and awareness, the city said in the release.

The award is named after Kevin T. Kendrigan, who helped to create and improve the Special Olympics Illinois Area 18, according to the release.

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