The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) today announced that Illinois Senior Olympics was selected to receive $20,000 as the beneficiary for the 11th Annual OCIF Open: Chip in fore Charity. The community impact grant will be funded through proceeds from the OCIF annual golf outing scheduled for September 15 at Illini Country Club.
“We treat athletes of all ages at the Orthopedic Center of Illinois, and the grant review committee feels the Illinois Senior Olympics is a tangible representation of our goal to help people enjoy an active lifestyle,” said OCIF Board Member Ron Romanelli, M.D. “This year, Senior Services of Central Illinois took the administrative lead, instead of letting an organization outside of Springfield perhaps move the event. We felt sponsoring the inaugural event under SSCI leadership ensured the continued availability of this program to seniors in our community.”
Founded in 1977, the Illinois Senior Olympics is the oldest statewide games for seniors in the United States. Men and women 50 years and older are able to participate with medalists advancing to the 2015 National Senior Games. The majority of Illinois Senior Olympics events will be held during September in and around Springfield.
This year marks the 11th anniversary of Chip in fore Charity and to date, OCIF has granted $205,000 to Springfield area organizations. Past grant recipients include: genHkids (2013), Springfield Sharefest (2012), Camp Care-A-Lot (2011), Springfield YMCA (2010), Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center (2009), Big Brothers Big Sisters (2008), Southwind Park (2007), Contact Ministries (2006), Boys and Girls Club of Springfield (2005), and Central Illinois Foodbank (2004). For more information on the Foundation or to be a sponsor at this year’s event, please visit the OCIF website: www.ocif.net or call (217) 547-9100.