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.

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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


Down Syndrome Workshop @ Fuller Therapuetic
Sep 23 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Sign up today for a FREE Healthy Lifestyle Workshop for Down Syndrome. This workshop is geared towards children and adults 5 years of age and older. It is broken down into 30 minute mini seminars for parents and caregivers at drop off and pick up both days.

Topics include:

  • Music Therapy
  • Creative Expression
  • Fitness
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Nutritional Education
  • Dental Education
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation

Call 309-451-3838 or go online to to register today.

Morton MATP – Area 6 @ AC Home
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
East Central Sectional Bowling @ Landmark Lanes
Oct 11 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
MedFest – Area 6 @ Special Olympics Illinois Headquarters
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Holiday Dinner and Auction @ Marriott Hotel
Nov 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holiday Dinner and Auction @ Marriott Hotel | Normal | Illinois | United States

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.

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



Will I Be Supporting a Good Cause?

Holiday Dinner 2aYes!! 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.

2013 Holiday Dinner & Auction Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended last year’s auction and we hope to see you again this year. For now you can check out photos from the 2013 event and watch the fantastic Fund a Need video that was put together by Snowflake Studios.

Decatur Snowshoe District F @ Johns Hill Park
Dec 13 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm