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.

area6Area 6 Contact Info

Area Director: Jill Bertelsen

605 E. Willow St.
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-888-2012
Fax: 309-888-2577

Sports Offered

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

Events

Dec
27
Sat
SOAR Shootout @ Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan University
Dec 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

The SOAR Shootout will feature 10 Special Olympics teams from Bloomington-Normal, Peoria, Springfield and Champaign-Urbana. View SOAR Shootout competition schedule.

Volunteers are needed for this basketball competition and the Ron Knisley Memorial Shootout on Dec. 30. View volunteer job descriptions for these events.

Dec
30
Tue
Ron Knisley Memorial Shootout @ Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan University
Dec 30 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Eight Special Olympics Illinois teams will compete in the 13th Annual Ron Knisley Memorial Shootout as part of the State Farm Holiday Classic on Dec. 30 at the Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

Special Olympics teams from Bloomington-Normal, Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, New Lenox and South Holland will compete in the Shootout. Each team will play three games in the elimination tournament. Shootout play begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues through 5:30 p.m. on Courts 1-4 at the Shirk Center. View Ron Knisley Memorial  Shootout competition schedule.

In addition, 8 Special Olympics teams will play demonstration games during half-time of each of the four Holiday Classic championship games which start at 3:30, 5:15, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Shirk Center.

The Shootout began in 2002 as a way to incorporate Special Olympics basketball teams into the Holiday Classic activities. In 2005, the Shootout was renamed the Ron Knisley Memorial Shootout in memory of Ron Knisley, Director of Sports and Competition for Special Olympics Illinois, who died earlier that year. Knisley had been a longtime Holiday Classic committee member and was instrumental in establishing the Shootout.

The Ron Knisley Memorial Shootout is a sanctioned Special Olympics Illinois event and is presented by the State Farm Holiday Classic Committee and SOAR, which is a community therapeutic recreation program that is jointly sponsored by the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal through their Parks & Recreation Departments.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs at the Shootout. View volunteer job descriptions.

Jan
10
Sat
District A Cross Country – Area 16 @ Bureau County Fairgrounds
Jan 10 @ 9:45 am – 2:00 pm
District A Snowshoeing – Area 16 @ Bureau County Fairgrounds
Jan 10 @ 9:45 am – 2:00 pm
Jan
18
Sun
District E Basketball H.S. & Senior – Area 6 @ Illinois Wesleyan Shirk Center
Jan 18 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
District E Basketball H.S. & Senior - Area 6 @ Illinois Wesleyan Shirk Center | Bloomington | Illinois | United States

Tournament Structure

This tournament is the qualifying event for High School and Senior age group teams to advance to the State Basketball Tournament in March. Gold Medal teams will advance to those games in Bloomington/Normal.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are still looking for volunteers. If interested you can sign up online to VOLUNTEER NOW.

 Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies will take place at 9:15 a.m. on the main competition court at IWU. Teams will sit in the bleachers; there will be no parade of athletes. All Volunteers are encouraged to join us!

Awards

Awards will be distributed immediately following the conclusion of their last game for each division.

Parking

Please park in the Shirk Center Parking lot located on the east side of the building or in the parking lot across the street from the Shirk Center in the Hansen Student Center parking lot.

Souvenirs

Area 6 will be selling some great souvenirs! Cash, Checks and Credit Cards accepted!

Supporting Documents

Jan
25
Sun
Area 6 Basketball Skills @ Illinois Central College CougarPlex Main Gym
Jan 25 @ 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Area 6 Basketball Skills @ Illinois Central College CougarPlex Main Gym | East Peoria | Illinois | United States

TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE

This tournament is the qualifying event for Basketball Skills athletes to advance to the State Basketball Tournament in March. Gold Medal teams will advance to those games in Bloomington/Normal.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING

Volunteers will be assigned roles upon check-in. All volunteers will have a training session at their assigned location prior to the start of the event. This training will cover keeping score and time for the event and any additional information needed.

CELL PHONE USE

Please refrain from using your cell phones at the event while you are working, including text messaging. We need your undivided attention to ensure the best quality competition we can give to the athletes. If you need to use your phone, please make sure someone is available to replace you, and step outside of the venue. We appreciate your cooperation.

OPENING CEREMONIES

Opening Ceremonies will take place at 9:00 a.m. on the main competition court at the ICC CougarPlex. Teams will sit in the bleachers; there will be no parade of athletes. All Volunteers are encouraged to join us!

LUNCH & CONCESSIONS

Lunch will be provided at this tournament for all volunteers. Concessions will be available for sale throughout the day.

VOLUNTEER T-SHIRTS

All volunteers will be provided a Special Olympics Illinois Volunteer T-shirt to be worn throughout the event.

AWARDS

Awards will be distributed immediately following the conclusion of their last game for each division.

PARKING

Please park in the ICC lot A2 or B2. These lots are the closest to the ICC CougarPlex. For a map to the facility please go here.

SOUVENIRS

Area 6 will be selling some great souvenirs! Cash, Checks and Credit Cards accepted!

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Feb
21
Sat
Bloomington Polar Plunge @ Miller Park Lake
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bloomington Polar Plunge @ Miller Park Lake | Bloomington | 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 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.

Mar
8
Sun
District A Gymnastics – Area 18 @ Palatine High School
Mar 8 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Apr
11
Sat
Powerlifting Qualifier C – Area 12 @ Knights of Columbus Hall
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Apr
12
Sun
District H Bocce – Area 8 @ Soccer Planet
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
District H Bocce - Area 8 @ Soccer Planet | Urbana | Illinois | United States

Schedule

  • 9am: Registration
  • 10am: OC
  • 9:15am: Singles
  • 2:15am: All teams/doubles

Volunteers

75 volunteers are needed to help at this event. For more information and to sign up contact Jackie Walk at jwalk@soill.org .

Supporting Documents

Apr
18
Sat
District C Aquatics – Area 8 @ The ARC - U of I
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
District C Aquatics - Area 8 @ The ARC - U of I | Champaign | Illinois | United States

Schedule

  • 9-10am: Reg/warmup
  • 10am: OC
  • 10:30: 1st race begins

 

May
3
Sun
Area 6 Spring Games @ Normal West High School
May 3 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Area 6 Spring Games @ Normal West High School | Normal | Illinois | United States

Volunteer

This will be a fun day where volunteers will get to interact with athletes as they compete in track and field events. A wide variety of volunteers are needed to help time track events, measure throws and jumps, present awards, serve lunch, help with set up and clean up. For volunteer job descriptions click here.

We all work together as a team to make it a great competition experience!  We will have key volunteers on-site to give you training and support!

May
7
Thu
Peoria School District Track & Field Competition – Area 6 @ Richwoods High School
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Peoria School District Track & Field Competition - Area 6 @ Richwoods High School | Peoria | Illinois | United States

Schedule

  • 10am – Opening Ceremonies
  • 10:20am – 2pm – Competiiton

Parking

Please park in the lot at Expo Gardens (located right off W. Northmoor Rd.) and come in through the football entrance.

May
8
Fri
Normal YA Culminating Event @ Unit 5 School
May 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
May
10
Sun
Peoria YA Culminating Event @ Peoria Independent Families
May 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
May
15
Fri
El Paso YA Culminating Event @ Gridley School District
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
May
22
Fri
Dwight MATP – Area 6 @ Fox Developmental Center
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

This event is not open to the public.

Jul
17
Fri
Golf Qualifier C – Area 10 @ Hickory Point Golf Course
Jul 17 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jul
25
Sat
District C Softball – Area 17 @ Land of Lincoln Sports Complex
Jul 25 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aug
22
Sat
Area 6 Bowling @ Landmark Lanes
Aug 22 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Sep
19
Sat
Volleyball Qualifier D – Area 16 @ LP High School
Sep 19 @ 9:45 am – 3:00 pm