Marklund Philip Center to host Summer Games June 22

Updated 5/29/2019 3:54 PM

The Marklund Philip Center's Summer Games event will take place on Saturday, June 22, in Bloomingdale.

Originally created as Marklund's version of the Special Olympics, the Summer Games give residents and community clients the opportunity to participate in various outdoor competitive events with the help of volunteers. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Philip Center, 164 S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale.


"It all started in 1986 with Marklund's Recreational and Physical Therapists wanting the individuals we serve to have a chance to shine and use their ABILITIES in adaptive sports and activities rather than focus on their DISABILITIES," said Gunjan Patel, Administrator at the Philip Center. "The families have a wonderful time being outdoors with their loved ones and get to see all that they can do!

Volunteers and family members who attend will be partnered with residents to help them play the games or will be placed at one of the booths to run a game.

There will be a parade of athletes, music, games, activities, and a BBQ picnic at the conclusion of the event.

In case of inclement weather, activities will be held indoors. For information on volunteering, contact Lisa Esposito at (630) 397-5661 or

Marklund is a nonprofit organization that serves infants, children, teens and adults with severe and profound developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs. With three residential locations, it is currently home to nearly 174 residents.


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