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    Naperville Jaycees Announce Special Olympics Champions as 2022 Labor Day Parade Grand Marshal

    The Naperville Jaycees announced USA Special Olympics Gold Medal champions Ryan Gronowski, Lou Pisani and Peter Silagi as their Parade Marshals for the 2022 Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 5, 2022.

    The Naperville athletes competed in a Flag Football tournament with teammates from around Illinois selected in Fall 2021. Gronowski, Pisani and Silagi have been playing Special Olympics Flag Football with DVSA (DuPage Valley Special Athletes) since 2014. DVSA has won two state championships since Flag Football became an official Special Olympics sport in Illinois in 2018. 2022 was the inaugural year for an Illinois Flag Football team to participate in the USA Games.

    Ryan “Gronk” Gronowski is a 2016 graduate of Neuqua Valley High School where he was an avid fan of all sporting events. In addition to Special Olympies Flag Football, Ryan plays Basketball, Softball, Swimming, Bowling, Floor Hockey, Track and Field and Unified Soccer.

    Louis Pisani graduated in 2016 from Naperville North High School following 4 years as manager for football and basketball teams. In addition to flag football, Lou has competed in Special Olympics Alpine Skiing, Soccer, Tennis, Softball, Volleyball, Golf, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Unified Golf, Soccer, Tennis and Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey.

    Peter Silagi is a 2008 graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School and earned his bachelor’s in history from Northern Illinois University. In high school he participated in Basketball, Swimming, Track and Bowling. Peter currently competes with WDSRA (Western DuPage Special Recreation Association) in Basketball and Softball and flag football with DVSA.

    The Last Fling Labor Day Parade starts its journey through Downtown Naperville at 10AM on Monday, September 5, 2022. For further information, to view a map of the parade route, to register, or to become a sponsor, please visit Naperville Last Fling – Labor Day Parade.

    The Naperville Jaycees are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees of the Last Fling. As in prior years, the organization is working closely with Naperville Emergency Response Teams to ensure the most up-to-date security measures are instituted in an effort to achieve a secure and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend for volunteers, participants and patrons. Please contact Naperville Last Fling – Public Relations with any questions or concerns.

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