Dan Fahey

Dan Fahey, an athlete at Mt. Greenwood Park, received pizza from Barraco’s and a bag of goodies compliments of SCC/Special Olympics Chicago (SOC). More than 400 SOC athletes enjoyed tasty pizza along with a bag containing playing cards, puzzles and resistance bands to help keep them active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During April, SCC/Special Olympics Chicago (SOC) helped more than 400 athletes and their families in Chicago pass the time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SOC members delivered pizzas and activity packets to the athletes who were thrilled to enjoy a tasty dinner as well as jigsaw puzzles, resistance bands, puzzle books and playing cards.

Families with athletes in the SCC/SOC program were able to sign up online for the pizzas and activity packets.

One parent said his son was thrilled.

“Dan loved the great surprise treat and games,” said John Fahey, father of Dan Fahey, an athlete at Mt. Greenwood Park. “Thank you so much for this thoughtful gift.”

Carol Judge, mother of Josh, an athlete at Kosciuszko Park, expressed her appreciation.

“Josh really enjoyed the pizza,” she said. “The games were spot on. We appreciate Special Olympics reaching out.”

Pizzas were purchased from local businesses including Barraco’s, Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta and Connie’s Pizza.

“Brian loved the pizza and games. It was such a nice surprise for him,” said Dave and Sue Freese, parents of Brian, an athlete at Independence Park. “Thank you for sending the pizza and games to brighten up his day. It was much appreciated.”

SOC officials said they plan to repeat the program in the coming months.

For more information about SCC/Special Olympics Chicago, visit the website at sochicago.org.