Sam Dancer organized the first “Row Raiser” last year to raise money for the Special Olympics at his gym, QTown CrossFit, in Quincy, Illinois. The event, a 26.2 mile (maraton) row on the Concept2 rower, generated $10,000 in its first year.

This year, the event will be held on July 9 and has expanded to 12 CrossFit locations across the state of Illinois with all proceeds going to Special Olympics Illinois. Teams of 10 are invited to participate by donating $50/person or $500/team. The goal this year is to raise $100,000.

To participate or learn more about the event, go to

Special Olympics Illinois is a nonprofit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 20,000 young athletes, age 2-7, with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call (800) 394-0562 or visit