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

Area Manager: Jordan Vose

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

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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

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Feb
27
Sat
Polar Plunge – Bloomington @ Miller Park Lake
Feb 27 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Polar Plunge - Bloomington @ 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 $100 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters.

Mar
6
Sun
District A Gymnastics – Area 18 @ Palatine High School
Mar 6 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Apr
9
Sat
District C Aquatics – Area 8 @ The ARC - U of I
Apr 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
District C Aquatics - Area 8 @ The ARC - U of I | Champaign | Illinois | United States

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Schedule

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

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help at this event. For more information contact Carolyn Klocek atcklocek@soill.org or Linda Wunder at lwunder@soill.org.

Apr
10
Sun
Powerlifting Qualifier C – Area 12 @ McKendree Sports Performance Center
Apr 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Apr
17
Sun
District H Bocce – Area 8 @ Soccer Planet
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
District H Bocce - Area 8 @ Soccer Planet | Urbana | Illinois | United States

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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 contact Carolyn Klocek at cklocek@soill.org or Linda Wunder at lwunder@soill.org.

Apr
24
Sun
Area 6 Spring Games @ Normal West High School
Apr 24 @ 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!

Schedule

  • Coaches Registration: 7:30 AM
  • Opening Ceremonies Line Up: 8:15 AM
  • Opening Ceremonies: 8:30 AM
  • Games Begin: 9 AM
May
2
Mon
Peoria School District Track Meet – Area 6 @ Richwoods High School
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Peoria School District Track Meet - Area 6 @ Richwoods High School | Peoria | Illinois | United States
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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.

Volunteer

Volunteer registration has closed.

May
20
Fri
Area 6 MATP – Dwight @ Fox Developmental Center
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

This event is not open to the public.

Jun
24
Fri
Area 6 Unified Tennis Qualifier @ Evergreen Racquet Club
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Area 6 Unified Tennis Qualifier @ Evergreen Racquet Club | Bloomington | Illinois | United States

Event Details

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.

Volunteers

Volunteer registration is currently closed. For more information contact jbertelsen@soill.org.

Shifts:

  • Tennis Volunteer: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Awards/Results: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jul
23
Sat
District C Softball – Area 17 @ Land of Lincoln Sports Complex
Jul 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aug
11
Thu
Lip Sync Battle @ Mackinaw Valley Vineyard
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Aug
27
Sat
Area 6 Bowling @ Landmark Lanes
Aug 27 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Area 6 Bowling @ Landmark Lanes | Peoria | Illinois | United States

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.

Sep
17
Sat
Volleyball Qualifier D – Area 16 @ LP High School
Sep 17 @ 9:45 am – 3:00 pm
Oct
1
Sat
Area 6 MATP – Morton @ AC Home
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
15
Sat
East Central Sectional Bowling @ Landmark Lanes
Oct 15 @ 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.