Area 6 / Heartland
Area 6 was founded in 1977 and provides programming for people in the counties of DeWitt, Livingston, Mason, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford.
We currently serve 1,001 athletes, have 49 active agencies and 464 Class A volunteers. Area 6 offers competition for athletes in 14 sports and hosted 6 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 Jill Bertelsen.
Area Director: Jill Bertelsen
605 E. Willow St.
Normal, IL 61761
Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Basketball Individual Skills, Bocce, Unified Bocce, Bowling, Figure Skating, Golf, Golf Individual Skills, Unified Golf, Gymnastics, Motor Activities Training Program (MATP), Powerlifting, Snowshoeing, Soccer, soccer Individual Skills, Softball, Softball Individual Skills, Speed Skating, Tennis, Unified Tennis, Volleyball, Unified Volleyball
What is the Holiday Dinner & Auction
The Holiday Dinner and Auction is a fun evening out with friends and family to support a great cause. Enjoy delicious food served by the Marriott Hotel of Bloomington/Normal along with a cash bar and live musical entertainment. You can also start your Christmas shopping by taking part in the live and silent auction. All proceeds from the Holiday Dinner & Auction directly benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
The meal options are either:
- Parmesan crusted chicken topped with arugula, capers, tomatoes and served with garlic mashed potatoes and chef’s selection of season vegetables
- Vegetarian option – (description to come)
For more information please contact Area Director Jill Bertelsen at 309-888-2012.
Will I Be Supporting a Good Cause?
Yes!! By supporting this event you are giving to a leading human services organization, which utilizes sports, training and competition to enhance the quality of life for more than 21,000 individuals state-wide with intellectual disabilities. The one-on-one training and year-round competitions are designed to help these children and adults in their day-to-day living, building new skills, creating stronger self-esteem and developing social skills that lead to fuller lives.
Heartland/ Area 6 supports over 1,000 athletes from the counties of DeWitt, Livingston, Mason, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford. In 2013 alone it will cost Special Olympics Illinois a budgeted $97,718 to allow the athletes to compete in the 13 sports it offers and six competitions it hosts in Area 6.
All donations are tax deductible, and all proceeds go to Special Olympics Illinois Area 6 which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
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 Miller Park 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.