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Meet Golf’s Newest Celebrity at our August Golf Outing

  This summer’s golf outing benefitting GiGi’s Playhouse will NOT be your average golf outing. Why? Because the star of the show that day is none other than Amy Bockerstette, the young woman with Down syndrome whose golf skills have made her a viral video sensation.   Amy is the 20-year-old GiGi’s Playhouse program participant who stunned spectators with her par on the iconic…

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Why is this a big deal?

GiGi will be singing the National Anthem at the Chicago Cubs game on June 25th! Just take a moment to think about that! She will be giving hope to so many people who have watched their loved ones struggle to say just one word let alone sing the entire National Anthem! So GiGi’s Playhouse will…

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The Gift of Down Syndrome

Today we welcome back long time GiGi’s Playhouse friend and advocate, Richard Riley.  Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy some encouragement.   Dear Friends in the greater Down syndrome community, You’re probably already thinking that this guy is completely nuts.  How can Down syndrome be a gift?  Let me confound you further:…

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Why Do We Walk, Run & Dash?

GiGi’s Playhouse is thrilled to host the 2019 Chicagoland 5k run, 1-mile walk and Dash for Down syndrome on Sunday, June 9, 2019. We are so excited about the new location, the Arlington International Racecourse. This family event is one you don’t want to miss! Pony rides, petting zoo,  bounce houses, admission to the park…

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Like a Boss!

After a whirlwind weekend at the Grand Opening of our 43 GiGi’s location in Charlotte North Carolina, GiGi still managed to unpack and get herself ready for school. As she was leaving for school, she said: “Can I go to the board meeting tonight after my work out?” The girl is a go-getter! She loves…

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Preparing the World

Today we welcome Hollyce, Hudson’s proud mom to share an invitation to step up and create acceptance, generosity, and kindness!   “Hudson loves hanging out with his friends – his homies with extra chromies. How cute are these three at the @chicagobulls game on Monday?!⠀We are in St. Louis now for my mom’s 60th birthday…

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Eternally Grateful

Today we have the treat of guest poster Nikki, big sister to Brett.  There is truly nothing like the sibling bond. Learning and growing together. My brother Brett is one of the brightest lights in my life.  He came into this world 26 years ago and as a 6-year-old girl, I wasn’t sure what to expect…

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Determination & Letting Go

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is feeling fresh and excited about the new opportunities that 2019 holds! Let’s go get all we want! 2018 buried me in unfinished family business, Playhouse business, book business, and mom business! I am trying to navigate it all, but I think I am going to refer to the movie…

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