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SEASPAR golfers medal at Special Olympics Illinois Outdoor Sports Festival

Sep 14, 2016 09:02AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Two golfers trained by the South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation (SEASPAR) earned medals at the Special Olympics Illinois Outdoor Sports Festival in Decatur, Ill. September 10-11.

The Special Olympics Illinois Outdoor Sports Festival is one of nine state sports competitions, and the final competition for those participating in softball, tee-ball, and golf. Approximately 600 athletes qualified for the event at the Rotary Park and Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, Ill.

Two SEASPAR golfers qualified to compete in the event’s 9-Hole Golf competition. Mark Maloney of Downers Grove earned a gold medal for the second straight year. Maloney has competed in four of the last five Outdoor Sports Festivals. Michele Forzley of Westmont earned a silver medal, having qualified for the competition the last four years and finished in the top three of her division each year.

SEASPAR trains athletes for Special Olympics competitions in Alpine Skiing, Aquatics, Athletics (track and field), Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing, Floor Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball, Snowshoeing, Tennis, and Volleyball. SEASPAR’s athletes compete in Special Olympics events throughout the year.

For more information about SEASPAR’s Special Olympics program or other recreational programs and services for individuals with disabilities, visit or call 630-960-7600.