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Sandra Froman of Normal was named 2012 Special Olympics Illinois Outstanding Athlete of the Year. She was honored at a reception held on June 15 before the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games Opening Ceremonies at Illinois State University in Normal.

The Outstanding Athlete Award recognizes a Special Olympics Illinois athlete whose achievements, dedication and commitment to their team and themselves exemplifies the purpose of Special Olympics.

Froman has been a Special Olympics Illinois Athlete for 29 years, competing with Special Opportunities Available in Recreation in Bloomington. She participated in basketball, bowling, soccer, volleyball, golf, bocce, aquatics, and athletics. She was one of the first female athletes to run the mile. While she was successful in these sports, Froman moved to the lifetime sports competition, competing in Unified bocce and bowling.

Most recently, Froman has dedicated her time to Special Olympics as a volunteer and is also on the volunteer committee, helping distribute thousands of volunteer registration forms as well as helping mail back confirmation letters to many volunteers.

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 11,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.

For more information, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.

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