Area 1 / Northwestern
Area 1 was founded in 1976 and provides programming for people in the counties of Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, Carroll, Ogle, Whiteside, Lee and De Kalb.
There are many opportunities available for you to get involved with Special Olympics including serving as a volunteer or committee member, helping with fundraising or competing as an athlete. If you live in the Area and want to find out more about the local program, please contact the Area Director listed below.
Area Director: Deborah Kelly
Area Manager: Trent Geiger
904 Myrtle Ave
Dixon, IL 61021
615 N. Longwood St.
Rockford, IL 61107
Alpine Skiing, Athletics, Aquatics, Basketball, Basketball Individual Skills, Bocce, Unified Bocce, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing, Golf, Golf Individual Skills, Unified Golf, Gymnastics, Motor Activity Training Program (MATP), Snowshoeing, Soccer, Softball, Softball Individual Skills, Tennis, Volleyball, Unified Volleyball
Take the Plunge
The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Olson Lake. Participants must raise $100 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters.
The Rockford IceHogs have teamed up with the Special Olympics Illinois Northwestern/Area 1 to help raise money and recognize all of the great athletes at the IceHogs game on Sunday, March 20, 2016.
The IceHogs will be hosting our 17th annual Jersey Auction Night when we will be wearing specially designed jerseys and auctioning them off LIVE after the game. A large portion of the money raised from the jersey auction will be donated directly to Special Olympics Illinois Northwestern/Area 1 .
We will have some athletes lead the crowd in the Special Olympics Oath as well as dropping the first puck.Also, during the first intermission we will be honoring the athletes in attendance on the ice.
In addition to the jersey auction you can purchase tickets for this game for $15 ($3 discount) with $5 going directly back to Special Olympics. Tickets can be purchased by downloading the order form below and sending to: Rockford IceHogs ATTN: Curtis Tousant 300 Elm St., Rockford, IL 61101 or by logging on to ticketmaster.com and entering the offer code: OLYMPICS in the offer code box.