Area 14 / Southeastern

Area 14 was founded in 1983 and provides programming for people in the counties of Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Marion, Pope, Saline, Wabash, Wayne and White.

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.

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area14Area 14 Contact Info


Rhonda Knight – Area Director

Jackie Flechs – Area Manager

P.O. Box 320
Norris City, IL 62869
Phone: 618-383-4400
Fax: 618-378-3153


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Region C Basketball (HS) @ Unity Jr. High School
Jan 20 @ 8:00 am – Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm
Region B Basketball Sr. @ Deerfield High School & Lake Zurich High School
Jan 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Region E Basketball (HS) @ Thornwood High School
Jan 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Region E Basketball Skills @ Evergreen Park High School
Jan 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Region G Basketball Skills @ ICC Cougarplex Main Gym
Jan 21 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Region G Basketball Skills @ ICC Cougarplex Main Gym

Volunteer Registration

Volunteer registration is now open. Please click here to sign up online.

Region D Basketball (Jr) @ University of Chicago: Henry Crown Fieldhouse
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Region D Basketball (HS) @ IIT Keating Center
Jan 24 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Region F Alpine Skiing @ Snowstar
Jan 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Beaver Rice Memorial Boy’s Baseball Winter Classic @ SI Center
Jan 26 – Jan 28 all-day
Region D Basketball Skills North (Jr / HS) @ DePaul University Fitness Center
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Region A Basketball Skills @ Dixon High School
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Region D Basketball Female Teams and Sr. Skills @ Northeastern University
Jan 27 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Region C Basketball (Sr) @ W. Chicago Community HS
Jan 28 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Region E Basketball (Sr) @ Joliet Park District
Jan 28 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Region E Basketball (Sr) @ Richards High School
Jan 28 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Region E Basketball (Sr) @ Thornwood High School
Jan 28 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Region J Basketball @ Wesclin High School
Jan 28 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Region A Basketball @ Byron School District P.E. Center
Jan 28 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Region A Basketball @ Byron School District P.E. Center | Byron | Illinois | United States

All Region A team will participate in this tournament. Only High School teams from Regions F & G will participate in this tournament.


Region J Basketball Skills @ Wesclin High School
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Region D Basketball Skills Central (Jr / HS) @ Quest Multi-Sport Complex
Jan 31 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Region F Basketball Skills @ TBD
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Winter Games @ Chestnut Mountain
Feb 6 – Feb 8 all-day

What is Winter Games?

Winter Games is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in Alpine Skiing and Snowshoeing. Winter Games is hosted at Chestnut Mountain in Galena, IL. Over 450 athletes will compete in this 3-day event and show off their winning form!


Competition is offered in Alpine Skiing and Snowshoeing. Athletes cannot participate in more than one sport.

Sports competition runs from Tuesday, Feb. 6, to Thursday, Feb. 8. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer registration is open, please click the button below for the shift(s) you are interested in volunteering for.

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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.

Alpine Skiing

  • Tuesday, 1:30pm Assessments
  • Wednesday, 9am – 4pm
  • Thursday, 9am – 4pm


  • Tuesday, Noon-4pm
  • Wednesday, 9:00am – 4pm
  • Thursday, 9:00am – Noon

Young Athletes

Young Athletes from around the state will enjoy participating in snowshoeing, socializing and so much more during the 2018 Winter Games.

Young Athletes have the opportunity to participate in the 50-meter and 100-meter snowshoe exhibition on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6 & 7! Participating in exhibition events is a great way to help Young Athletes transition to the traditional Special Olympics program! To take part in the transitional exhibitions Young Athletes must have a valid Medical Application. For more information, please email

Family Activities

Families are an integral part of Special Olympics Illinois and of Winter Games. Parents and family members attending Winter Games should stop by the Family Registration area, located on the lower level of Chestnut Mountain Resort to pick up their family packet and goody bag.

WG-OpeningCeremoniesFamilies are invited to take part in the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday evening in downtown Galena.  At 5:30 p.m., the Parade of Athletes will walk through downtown Galena and end up at the Post Office for the official Ceremony ending at 6 p.m. Dress appropriately for the weather – it is all outdoors.

Family members attending Winter Games will also be invited to the Eagle Ridge Reception from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. Space is limited so pre-registration is required for attendance at this event. The dress is business casual. Light appetizers will be served and guests will enjoy presentations, socializing with other families, sponsors, volunteers, Board members and staff.

Family members are also invited to the Victory Dance at Chestnut Mountain or the Ramada from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Wednesday. The dance is typically a highlight for many of the athletes as they get to dance away the night!

Opening Ceremony

WG-TorchRunOpening Ceremony and the Parade of Athletes will be in downtown Galena beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Opening Ceremony shuttle buses will begin departing Chestnut Mountain and the Ramada at 4:30pm. Line-up will begin at 5:15 p.m. on Green Street near the historic Post Office building. Agencies will line up behind their Area flag. The parade will progress through the downtown area and back to the Post Office area where Opening Ceremony will be held. Finally, to top off the Ceremony, Law Enforcement Torch Run officers will hand off the torch to athletes who will carry it along its path and light the cauldron holding the Flame of Hope to kick off the Games! Please dress appropriately for the weather – it is all outdoors.

***New this year: A fireworks display will take place at the end of the Opening Ceremony.  An announcement will be made to allow time for those that want to leave before the fireworks display begins.

Dinner Downtown

After the Opening Ceremony, agencies will be escorted to local restaurants for dinner. Shuttle buses from downtown to Chestnut Mountain, the Ramada and the Stoney Creek Inn will depart at 7:15pm. Please check your agency’s registration packet for more detailed information.


Winter Games Reception

The Winter Games Reception will be at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Space is limited so pre-registration is required for attendance at this event. The dress is business casual. Light appetizers will be served and guests will enjoy presentations, socializing with other families, sponsors, volunteers, Board members and staff.

Victory Dance

The Victory Dance will be from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Wednesday at Chestnut Mountain and Crossroads Community Church. The dance gives the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois a chance to celebrate their accomplishments and to socialize with others from around the state. 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.


The Cubby Hole will be onsite at Chestnut Mountain selling tournament specific items and for an additional fee can personalize some items with names, events, year and state qualifier information. A percentage of The Cubby Hole sales will be given to Special Olympics Illinois. Cash and most major credit cards will be accepted for souvenir sales.  CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

2018 Winter Games Souvenir Hours:

  • Tuesday 10am-4pm
  • Wednesday 8am-4pm

***Souvenir Pre-Order!

Pre-Order sales via the souvenir website are now open for Winter Games at The Winter Games specific event shirts and a couple of other options can be ordered on-line and then picked up at Winter Games.  The link is live until Monday, January 29 at midnight.


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

For Winter Games updates during the event, text “Winter” to 77453.

View the Visit Galena site for information on lodging and activities in Galena.

Supporting Documents

2018 Winter Games Event Handbook Memo

2018 Winter Games Event Handbook

2018 Winter Games Agency Listing

Winter Games Lodging Information 2018



LETR Kickoff Conference @ Doubletree Hotel
Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
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You Are Invited!

LETR_Mark_Illinois_ColorThe 2018 LETR Kickoff promises to be the best to date, providing a more interactive and exciting experience to all attendees.  A variety of sessions will be offered, covering topics from fundraising best practices, athlete engagement and the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebration.  This is also a unique opportunity to network with Torch Run officers throughout the state!  All law enforcement personnel are invited to attend. There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided.

Win a HD Smart TV!

Attend the Kickoff and be entered into a drawing for a HD Smart TV! Winner will be selected at the end of the conference and must be present to win.

Tentative Agenda

  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. — Onsite Registration and Check In
  • 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. — Welcome and Introduction
  • 10:30 – Noon — Morning Sessions
  • Noon – 1:00 p.m. — Lunch & Videos
  • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. — Afternoon Sessions
  • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. — Merchandise Distribution

Hospitality Suite

We will be hosting a hospitality suite in the Brookridge conference room at the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center on Thursday, Feb. 8. This event is scheduled from 8 p.m. – midnight, so if you’re in town, please stop by!


65 rooms have been reserved for Thursday, Feb. 8, at a special rate of $109 (plus tax). Reservations can be made by calling the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center at 309-664-6446 and asking for a room in the Torch Run block. Rooms must be reserved by Jan. 18, 2018.

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LETR Kickoff Registration

  • Attendee Information

  • To register or order merchandise offline please mail, fax (309-888-2570), email or submit this form to Sandy Nash . Merchandise orders placed after Wednesday, January 10 will not be completed in full at the Kickoff and would be mailed at a later date. Please Note: You may still register for the conference after the above date (Jan. 10).
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  • Law Enforcement Torch Run Merchandise Order Form

    Departments are encouraged to order Torch Run merchandise to sell as part of their 2018 fundraising efforts. No cash is required up front when ordering merchandise.

    Special Olympics Illinois requires a minimum donation of $15 per T-shirt, $15 per hat and $5 per pin.

    While there is no cost to your department when ordering merchandise there is a cost to our LETR program. Due to this, merchandise distribution will be tracked to help us avoid an excess inventory at the end of the year. If needed, departments may order additional merchandise throughout the year.

  • T-Shirts

    Please enter the total number of t-shirts by size you would like to order below.

    Not sure what to order? Consider ordering a Starter Pack by clicking here.

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  • Department Starter Pack

  • For new departments wanting to get involved and help raise funds for Special Olympics Illinois, we've made it easy for you! This Torch Run starter pack, valued at $500, has everything that your department needs to get off the ground running.

    Items included in this pack:

    • 20 Torch Run T-shirts (sizes are S-2, M-3, L-5, XL-5, 2XL-3, 3XL-2)
    • 10 Hats
    • 10 Pins
    • 10 TR Brochures
    • 5 TR Posters

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