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: 815-739-2052
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


Annual Kick Off the Holidays Celebration @ Dixon Elks Club
Nov 22 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Rockford Polar Plunge @ Rock Cut State Park - Olson Lake
Mar 7 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Rockford Polar Plunge @ Rock Cut State Park - Olson Lake | Caledonia | Illinois | United States

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 $75 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters.

Plunger Incentive Prizes

Plungers will receive incentive prizes based on the amount of money they raise. By raising the minimum of $75, you’ll receive an official Plunge hooded sweatshirt and admission to the post-plunge party. Other prizes are awarded at the $250, $500 and $1,000 levels.

For additional information visit our main plunge site at