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.

We currently serve 1,486 athletes, have 59 active agencies and 1,200 Class A volunteers. Area 1 offers competition for athletes in 14 sports and hosted 9 competitions in 2012. 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 Area Director Deborah Kelly.

area1Area 1 Contact Info


Area Director: Deborah Kelly

904 Myrtle Ave
Dixon, IL 61021
Phone: 815-288-2939
Fax: 815-288-2939

P.O. Box 17017
Rockford, IL 61110
Phone: 815-965-3795

Sports Offered

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


August – November 2014

Equestrian Certified Training School @ BraveHearts at The Bergmann Centre
Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Equestrian Certified Training School @ BraveHearts at The Bergmann Centre | Poplar Grove | Illinois | United States

Come to the Special Olympics Illinois Equestrian Certified Training School to enhance your equestrian program!  The classroom portion will focus on:

  • Dates & Deadlines
  • State Tournament Arena Set Up, Patterns, Equipment & Judging Concerns.
  • How to Prepare for Your Program
  • Interactive Mounted Session with Athletes and Horses

Meggan Hill-McQueeney is the clinician for this certified training school.  She is a PATH Intl Master Level Instructor and a PATH Intl Workshop and Certification Evaluator.  She has also served on various PATH Intl committees.  She has been a Special Olympics Certified Coach for 15 years and has personally shown both English and Western on the national level.

Please return registration form below to Brianna Beers via email (if you cannot scan the  form, just send a generic email with the information).

Brianna Beers
Special Olympics Illinois
Email: bbeers@soill.orgPhone: 847-845-6481

Supporting Documents

2014 Equestrian CTS Registration Form

Bartlett Golf Qualifier D @ Bartlett Hills Golf Club
Aug 4 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Freeport Bowling – Area 1 @ Four Seasons Lanes
Aug 23 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
LaSalle Volleyball Qualifier D @ LP High School
Sep 6 @ 9:45 am – 3:00 pm
Northern Sectional Bowling @ Cherry Bowl
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Annual Kick Off the Holidays Celebration @ Dixon Elks Club
Nov 22 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm