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.
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.
Area Director: Jill Bertelsen
Area Manager: Jordan Vose
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
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 $100 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters.
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!
- Coaches Registration: 7:30 AM
- Opening Ceremonies Line Up: 8:15 AM
- Opening Ceremonies: 8:30 AM
- Games Begin: 9 AM
This event is not open to the public.
Families, volunteers and spectators will be cheering on the 22 Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners as they take to the courts June 24 at Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington at the first Special Olympics Illinois Heartland/Area 6 Unified Tennis Qualifier.
The tennis competition will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, June 24. The public is invited to watch the competition, which is expected to be completed by 9 p.m., and experience the joy of achievement by Special Olympics Illinois athletes from Special Opportunities Available in Recreation (S.O.A.R.).
Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports, training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.
Volunteer registration is currently closed. For more information contact email@example.com.
- Tennis Volunteer: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
- Awards/Results: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
On Saturday, August 27 Special Olympics Illinois Heartland/Area 6 will host its annual Bowling Tournament at Landmark Lanes in Peoria. Over 300 athletes from Area 6 are expected to compete in singles, doubles, team and ramp divisions. Volunteers are needed to help at the following venues: lane assistance, lunch, awards, and souvenirs.
Volunteers play an integral part in the organization of a quality tournament. Volunteers are needed for 4 hour shifts or for the entire day (8 hours). There are two shifts – the first shift is from 8 a.m.-noon and the second shift will begin at 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old and present a valid photo ID when they arrive on Saturday. In return for their time, volunteers will receive a Special Olympics Illinois volunteer T-shirt.