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As our Special Olympics Illinois Celebrity Soccer Ambassador, you can be the voice for 23,000+ athletes across the state. How can you help? The possibilities are #SOLimitless!

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We have a variety of materials available to make your Special Olympics experience better. Explore the categories below for information and documents – we’ll be adding more as needed.

About Us
  1. 2019 SOILL Fact Sheet
  2. By The Numbers Fact Sheet
  3. SOILL History – Backgrounder
  4. SOILL History – Milestones
  5. Language Guidelines
  6. Annual Reports / Financial 990s
  7. Region Map
  8. 2019 Board Roster
  9. 2019 Foundation Board Roster
  1. Application For Participation Instructions
  2. Eligibility To Participate
  3. English Med App-17
  4. Spanish Med App-17
  5. Participation By Individuals With Down Syndrome
  6. Athlete Partner Code of Conduct
Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs)
  1. ALPs Fact Sheet
  2. Global Messenger Flyer
  3. ALPs Interest Form
  4. Global Messenger Request Form
Coach Sports Resources & Rules
  1. 2020 Policies and Procedures
  2. 2019 Policies and Procedures
  3. Sports Icons
  4. Athlete Centered Coaching Guide
  5. Special Olympics Sports Sciences
  6. Class A Volunteer Registration
  7. English Med App-17
  8. Spanish Med App-17
  1. Fans Brochure
  2. Family Credential Order Form
Rhythmic Gymnastics Routines & Videos 2016-2023
Click Here to View Rhythmic Gymnastics Routines
Artistic Gymnastics Routines & Videos 2019-2027
  1. Volunteer Code of Conduct
  2. Volunteer Screening Policy
  3. Volunteer Athlete Dating Policy
Young Athletes
  1. Young Athletes Fact Sheet
  2. Transition One Pager
  3. Young Athlete Registration Form – English
  4. Young Athlete Registration Form – Spanish
  5. Brochure – English
  6. Brochure – Spanish
  7. Activity Guide – English
  8. Activity Guide – Spanish
  9. Young Athletes Site Expectations
Additional Resources

Recycling Program

20 Incredible Colleges for Special Needs Students

The Power of Special Olympics Project Unify – Special Education Guide

Discover Accessible Fitness: A Wheelchair User’s Guide for Using Fitness Equipment

HALO at Heartland Community College Learning Opportunities Program

Facts About Down Syndrome

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About Us

by Dave.



SOILL Meets High Standards with the Big 3 of Nonprofit Ratings and Information, Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator and GuideStar

Special Olympics Illinois has been awarded and meets the 20 BBB Standards of Charity Accountability. The 20 standards, as they are set by the BBB, relate to Board Oversight, Board Size, Board Meetings, Board Compensation, Conflict of Interest, Effectiveness Policy, Effectiveness Report, Program Expenses, Fund Raising Expenses, Accumulating Funds, Audit Report, Detailed Expense Breakdown, Accurate Expense Reporting, Budget Plan, Truthful Materials, Annual Report, Website Disclosures, Donor Privacy, Cause Marketing Disclosures and Complaints.

We are also proud to let you know that Special Olympics Illinois has earned our second consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the leading charity evaluator in the United States. This is their highest possible rating and indicates that our organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Special Olympics Illinois exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in our area of work. Only 31% of the charities they evaluate have received at least 2 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that SOILL outperforms most other charities in America. This designation from Charity Navigator sets Special Olympics Illinois apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public our trustworthiness.

This means that you can be rest assured that Special Olympics Illinois works very hard to be exceptional stewards of your hard earned dollars that are donated to better the lives of SOILL athletes. It is also good to know that when potential donors use Charity Navigator to do research on charities, they donated more than they planned to before viewing their website and influenced over $10 billion in charitable gifts in 2018. So, being held in high regard by Charity Navigator can aid in helping to grow our donations, increasing the opportunity for our athletes.

Special Olympics Illinois also earned, from GuideStar, a 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level offered by the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. To reach the Platinum level, SOILL added extensive information to its GuideStar Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial

information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, Special Olympics Illinois demonstrates its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate nonprofit performance.

GuideStar connects people and organizations with data on 2.7 million current and formerly IRS-recognized nonprofits. Each year, more than 10 million people, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media, use GuideStar data to make intelligent decisions about the social sector.

For access to Special Olympics Illinois Annual Report, click here


Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and over 17,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.

Special Olympics began in Illinois with the first games at Soldier Field in July 1968 thanks to the efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her peers. There are now more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. Special Olympics is financially sound with diverse revenue streams, a thorough annual budget process and increasing organizational revenue streams. Special Olympics Illinois does not charge athletes or their families to participate in the program.


Provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”


  • 23,197 athletes (children and adults) with intellectual disabilities
  • 19,631 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities
  • 48,300 volunteers and coaches
  • 201 competitions each year
  • 18 Olympic-type sports
  • Programs in 11 Regions, each coordinated by a Region Director and a volunteer committee
  • Dynamic sports and corporate partnerships
  • 2018 Reach Report | 2017 Reach Report | 2016 Reach Report


  • REAL SPORTS: Deliver high-quality training and competition in an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health and celebrates achievement.
  • ATHLETE HEALTH: Promote the overall well-being of people with intellectual disabilities via programs that ensure ongoing access to quality, community-based health care services, highlighted by free health screenings at Special Olympics competitions, games and other venues.
  • TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION: Equip young people and adult influencers with effective tools and training to create sports, classrooms and community actions that produce friendships and acceptance, driving positive attitude and behavioral change.
  • BUILD COMMUNITIES: Marshal resources, implement diverse programming and act as a convening power of stakeholders to drive positive attitudinal and behavioral change toward people with intellectual disabilities in communities statewide, strengthening the fabric of society

Who is eligible to participate?

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics traditional program, one must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially designed instruction. The Special Olympics Young Athletes program was created for children with intellectual disabilities ages 2-7.

Can individuals with profound disabilities participate in Special Olympics?

Yes, through Special Olympics Motor Activities Training Program (MATP), developed by physical educators, physical therapists and recreation therapists. MATP emphasizes training and participation rather then competition.

Are there differences between Special Olympics and Paralympics?

Yes, Special Olympics and the Paralympics are two separate and distinct organizations with specific eligibility requirements.

The Need is Great

The need for services is great as we estimate that Special Olympics Illinois is currently serving about 10 percent of those eligible to participate and is always working to increase this reach. Individual donors account for 65 percent of our donations so we rely on people just like you to ensure that we can continue reaching out to more of those in need. You can do your part to transform lives by making an online donation now!

If you have questions not answered here, please email Special Olympics Illinois.

2019 SOILL FactSheet

SOILL History – Backgrounder

SOILL History – Milestones

Foundation Board Roster 

Board Roster



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Summer Games

by Bridget LeMaire.

WHEN: June 7, 2019 – June 9, 2019 all-day
WHERE: Various Locations in Bloomington/Normal, IL
CONTACT: Nate Henry 309-888-2551

Important 2019 Summer Games Scheduling Update:

Please note that there have been changes to the 2019 State Summer Games Schedule:

Special Olympics Illinois will have access to Normal West High School on Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th.

This will affect the sports of Rhythmic Gymnastics and Swimming.  Athletes will compete in those sports on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday June, 9.

We are currently working on general start and finish times for each day as we will need to set up on Saturday morning as well.

Please see below under Supporting Documents for the memo including the tentative schedule.

What is Summer Games?

Summer Games is Special Olympics Illinois premiere sports competition with more than  4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,000 volunteers and 3,300 family members. That totals almost 11,000 people who attend Summer Games annually! The Summer Games are held predominately at Illinois State University in Normal. A variety of activities are provided for the participants in addition to the sports competitions.


2014 Summer Games Gymnastics

  • Kingsley Jr. High
    • Powerlifting
  • ISU Intramural Fields
    • Soccer
  • Illinois State University
    • Artistic Gymnastics (Horton Field House)
    • Bocce (Soccer Stadium)
    • Softball Throw (U-High Practice Field)
    • Tennis Ball Throw & Mini Jav (Hancock Stadium)
    • Track Events (ISU Track)
    • Tournament Central (Horton Field House)
  • Normal West High School
    • Rhythmic Gymnastics
    • Swimming
  • Redbird Arena
    • Healthy Athletes
    • Health Pavilion


Competition will be offered in athletics, bocce, Unified bocce, gymnastics, football (soccer), powerlifting and swimming (aquatics). Athletes can not participate in more than one sport.  Athletes registered in bocce may only compete in traditional bocce or Unified bocce (not both) and athletes registered for gymnastics may only compete in artistic or rhythmic (not both).

The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games.


We have many volunteer opportunities available during Summer Games and need the help of over 2,000 volunteers to help make this event a success. We are using online registration to help streamline this process for everyone involved. The weekend is split into morning and afternoon shifts for both Friday and Saturday and morning shifts for Sunday. We also have volunteer opportunities available at the SOILL office Monday-Wednesday the week of Summer Games.

When volunteer registration is open just click on one of the buttons below for the day/time you are interested in.  If you have used our online system before, you just need to sign in and select the job and shift you are interested in. If you have not used our system before, it will ask you to answer a few questions to create your profile before you can select your job and shift.

If you are interested in volunteering for multiple days/times you do not have to come back to this page or log out. Once you sign up for your first shift you should see a list of all our current volunteer opportunities on the SOILL Event Registration Page. You simply need to find the next day/time, select register and select your job and shift. If you have any questions, please contact Nate Henry or Aubrey Deerwester. 

Volunteer Mon-Wed

Volunteer Friday - AM   Volunteer Friday - PM

Volunteer Sat. - AM    Volunteer Sat. - PM

Volunteer Sunday


Everyone must obey parking regulations since summer school will be in session at ISU and employees will be reporting to work. Approved parking lots are shown below.

  1. No parking in lots designated for faculty and staff (identified by red signs) except for Lots M83, U83 and F83S.
  2. No parking in spaces marked “Reserved.”
  3. Car parking will be allowed in Lots F62, F64, G24, G53, G73, G81, G83, G86, G87, G91, and S67.
  4. If you park at a meter, you must feed it.
  5. Cars parked in lots not approved for Special Olympics may be ticketed. Tickets will be the responsibility of the owner. Be aware that ISU may tow illegally parked cars.
  6. Parking will also be available at Kingsley Jr. High.
  7. Special Olympics will operate a park & ride shuttle from Fairview Aquatics Park, 800 N. Main Street, Normal, IL.
    Hours of operation: Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Tentative Competition Times

All times listed below are tentative and subject to change once event specific schedules are determined. Times only reflect actual competition times and do not include time frames for coach meetings, weigh-in times, etc. For a final schedule please check the Supporting Documents section close to competition day.

Photo by Rich Howe

Artistic Gymnastics

  • Friday, Afternoon
  • Saturday, All Day


  • Friday, Afternoon
  • Saturday, All Day
  • Sunday, Morning


  • Friday, Afternoon
  • Saturday, All Day


  • Friday, Afternoon
  • Saturday, All Day
  • Sunday, Morning

Rhythmic Gymnastics

  • Saturday, All Day
  • Sunday, Morning


  • Friday, Afternoon
  • Saturday, All Day

Swimming (Aquatics)

  • Saturday, All Day
  • Sunday, Morning


Healthy Athletes

Healthy AthletesThe Healthy Athletes program offers health services and education to athletes, coaches and families in need. Athletes are encouraged to attend this FREE event! Healthy Athletes is located in Redbird Arena on the lower level concourse. All screenings are free and open to all Special Olympics athletes whether competing or not.

This year we are offering the following screenings:

  • Opening Eyes vision screenings – Friday: Noon – 4pm; Saturday: 8am – 4pm
  • Healthy Hearing screenings – Friday: Noon – 4pm; Saturday: 9am – 4pm
  • FunFitness physical therapy screenings – Saturday: 9am – 3pm
  • Health Pavilion – Olympic Town – Friday: Noon – 3pm; Saturday: 9am – 3pm

Youth Leadership Experience

The Youth Leadership Experience is a 2 –Day experience during Summer Games where you will learn event management skills, social media and marketing, have a volunteer shadow experience and help make the games successful.  We are looking for 15 Leaders that are interested in participating. You will help in leading a Young Athletes event, shadow members of staff and key volunteers in area of interest and help with media promotion at the event.  This is an awesome opportunity for youth ages 14-25 with and without disabilities to be part of this significant event and learn skills that will help throughout your lifetime. There is no cost to participate in the Youth Leadership Experience, however you are responsible for your own transportation to and from Summer Games.

CLICK HERE to apply for the 2019 Summer Games Youth Leadership Experience.

Young Athletes

Young Athletes from around the state enjoyed running, jumping, kicking, socializing and so much more during the 2019 Summer Games; we want you to be able to be a part of this year’s exciting events!

We have over 100 spots reserved for Young Athletes of all ages for the Statewide Culminating Event on Friday. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis! If you are interested in attending, please complete a registration form and return it to the Special Olympics office.

Young Athletes 6 & 7 years of age, with a valid medical application, also have the opportunity to choose between two transitional exhibitions. The 50-meter race (10 a.m. Saturday), tennis ball throw (12:20 p.m. Saturday) and individual soccer skills  (1 p.m. Saturday) will be held on Saturday (times are tentative). To take part in the transitional exhibitions Young Athletes must have a valid Medical Application and can register for only one – athletics or soccer skills. As always, there will be a pizza party, Opening Ceremony, Olympic town, dance and so much other fun to join in!

Family Activities

Summer Games - Family

Families are an integral part of Special Olympics Illinois and of the Summer Games. These proud supporters are seen in the stands, on the sidelines, serving as games committee and coaches. Regardless of your role, families are welcomed and celebrated  for your support and enthusiasm for the athletes and Special Olympics Illinois.

Families attending the Summer Games should make their first stop at the Family Registration and Information area at either ISU or Normal West High School to pick up your Games Guide, free Family Tailgate picnic tickets and welcome gift. There are a lot of other things to see here too, including a free raffle for some cool Special Olympics gear, event flyers and of course info to help you navigate and fully experience the Summer Games. So please stop by and let us know you are at the Games.

The Family Registration and Information  area is located in the lower northeast corner of Horton Fieldhouse and at Normal West Community High School and is open on Friday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Opening Ceremony

2014 Summer Games Opening CeremoniesOpening Ceremony is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, at Hancock Stadium. In true pomp and ceremony during the Parade of Athletes representatives from the agencies (selected athletes and coaches) parade into the stadium in the best of Olympic tradition. Then please remove your caps and place your hands over your hearts for the National Anthem. Finally, to top off this spectacular event, is the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run where the officers pair with athletes to carry the torch along its final route and light the cauldron holding the Flame of Hope to kick off the Games!

Hy-Vee Uptown Victory Dance

The Hy-Vee Uptown Victory Dance will be held in Uptown Normal from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Saturday. The dance gives the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois a chance to celebrate their accomplishments and to socialize with others from around the state in addition to members of the community. Old friends will catch up and new friends will be made. The smiles and joy of the athletes are a testament to how Special Olympics Illinois helps transform lives.


Minerva Promotions is selling souvenirs at ISU in the North Gym from 9:00 am-4:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturday, at Normal West High School on Saturday only from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and during the Victory Dance on Saturday.  You can purchase all your Special Olympics Illinois and Summer Games specific swag at these locations.  For an additional fee, many items can be personalized at the ISU North Gym location.

Minerva Promotions accepts cash and all major credit cards except American Express.   After the event, if you were unable to buy an item at the Games then you can purchase what is left over from the event at  or go to the Special Olympics Illinois website and follow the link to the Minerva Promotions Online Store and order your items on-line.

Avoid the Lines this Year:  Minerva Promotions is offering pre-event sales.  Click here to go directly to the online store.  You can preorder your items and then just pick them up at Summer Games to avoid the lines and shipping costs.

There will be a Sale Table at the North Gym venue.  The sale table will have a separate line and items must be paid for separately.  The Sale Table accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express.

Other Activities


  • HOSPITALITY AREA AND COOLING CENTER – NEW LOCATION – An American Legion & Auxiliary Hospitality Area has moved to the concourse of Hancock Stadium.  This is a covered area so it will provide a welcome relief from the sun.   Athletes, families and coaches are welcome from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm for both Friday and Saturday. Refreshments including fresh fruit, vegetable trays and fruit juices are served courtesy of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliaries of Illinois. The Hospitality Area provides snacks; it does not serve meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals are available for registered athletes and coaches at the dining room in their assigned residence hall.
  • Law Enforcement Torch Run – Torch Run Central will serve as a resource center during this year’s events and will coordinate all Law Enforcement activities including awarding medals. The tent is located directly across from volunteer registration and is open from 9am-3pm Sat.
  • Olympic Town – Located on the Turner parking lot it provides numerous carnival games, displays, entertainment and various fun activities. It is open from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  on Saturday.
  • Special Activities – Several other opportunities are underway possibly including the Fairview Park Pool & Waterslide and Miller Park Zoo. Check back closer to Summer Games and look for fliers in your registration packet.


Special Olympics Illinois is adding a texting service for events.  Individuals need to register themselves. During Summer Games, if weather or other issues cause schedule changes then we can quickly update registered individuals via this texting service.  Please share this information with family and friends attending Summer Games.  Information from registered individuals will only be used for the 2019 Summer Games and will not be retained for other purposes or events.

In case of inclement weather, schedule changes or cancellations check the website here for updates. You can also call 309-888-2000 Ext. 245

To register for Summer Games text service, text the message Summer2019 to 77453.  You will receive a confirmation message.

Visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website for information on lodging and activities in Bloomington-Normal.

Supporting Documents

2019 Summer Games Results

**2019 Powerlifting Final Schedule

2019 Schedule Housing And Dining Memo

2019 Summer Games Master Schedule

2019 Summer Games Housing List

2019 Summer Games Shuttle Bus Map

2019 Head Coaches Meeting Schedule

2019 Summer Games DQ Reminders

2019 Summer Games Event Handbook Memo

2019 Summer Games Event Handbook with Shuttle Map

2019 Summer Games Event Handbook – MOBILE FRIENDLY

2019 Summer Games Interactive Souvenirs Flyer

2019 Important Summer Games Memo

2019 Summer Games Press Release

Torch Run Press Release Final Leg 2019

Family Information

Summer Games Family Information CORRECTED

Summer Games Hotel List 2019

Specials & Coupons