Area 1 / Northwestern

Area 1 was founded in 1976 and provides programming for people in the counties of Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, Carroll, Ogle, Whiteside, Lee and De Kalb.

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 listed below.

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area1Area 1 Contact Info


Deborah Kelly – Area Director
Phone: 815-739-2052

Trent Geiger – Area Manager
Phone: 309-706-4563

904 Myrtle Ave
Dixon, IL 61021
Fax: 815-566-4334

850 N. Church St.
Rockford, IL 61103


Volunteer Today


Northern Sectional Bowling – Area 1 @ Cherry Bowl
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Annual Kick Off the Holidays Celebration @ Dixon Elks Club
Nov 18 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Polar Plunge – Rockford @ Rock Cut State Park - Olson Lake
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Polar Plunge - Rockford @ Rock Cut State Park - Olson Lake | Caledonia | 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 Olson Lake. Participants must raise $100 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters.