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.

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


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East Central Sectional Bowling @ Landmark Lanes
Oct 10 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
East Central Sectional Bowling @ Landmark Lanes | Peoria | Illinois | United States

 Volunteer Opportunities

We are in need of volunteers to help with our Sectional Bowling tournament in Peoria. All of our volunteer registration is online and you can register now by clicking this link.

Supporting Documents

2015 East Central Sectional Bowling Schedule

2015 East Central Sectional Bowling memo

2015 East Central Bowling Agency list

Map to Peoria East Central Bowling

Bowling Rule Interpretations

Holiday Dinner and Auction @ Doubletree Hotel
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holiday Dinner and Auction @ Doubletree Hotel | Bloomington | Illinois | United States
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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 DoubleTree 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 Heartland/Area 6.

The meal options are either:

  • Chicken Option—TBA
  • Vegetarian option – TBA
  • Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions


The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m., with cocktails, silent auction and music.

At 7 p.m., dinner will be served. Our program will begin after dinner is served. We will conclude our event with the live auction which will begin at 8 p.m., followed by check-out at 9 p.m.


Purchase a ticket(s) for $65 and attend the Holiday Dinner & Auction on November 12. Purchase a table (10 tickets) for $600 and bring your family and friends.


Register online by November 6

Cash or check registration will also be accepted. Please send payment to Special Olympics Illinois Heartland/ Area 6 at 605 E. Willow St., Normal, IL 61761. Be sure to submit the registration form with cash or check and make checks payable to Special Olympics Illinois Area 6 by November 6.


Festive casual dress is suggested (business casual attire).

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 22,000 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 more than 1,000 athletes from the counties of DeWitt, Livingston, Mason, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford. In 2014 alone it cost Special Olympics Illinois a budgeted $187,352 to allow the athletes to compete in the 14 sports it offers and eight 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.

For more information please contact Area Director Jill Bertelsen at or at 309-888-2012.