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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Southern Illinois Plane Pull @ Southern Illinois Airport
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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What is the Plane Pull?

Special Olympics Illinois and the Law Enforcement Torch Run have partnered with the Southern Illinois University School of Aviation to host the 2nd annual Southern Illinois Plane Pull on October 7, 2017 at the Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro, IL.  The Plane Pull features the ultimate man versus machine battle as teams of up to 10 play tug-of-war with SIU Aviation’s 737, weighing nearly 60,000 lbs. That’s right, the plane weighs nearly 30 tons!

Each participant must raise a minimum of $50 and teams can have up to 10 members ($500 for a team of 10).  Teams will compete by pulling the aircraft 12 feet as quickly as possible. Awards are given to the fastest pull in each division, fastest pull overall and top fundraising team.

Teams compete in one of three divisions:

  • Open Division (ideal for companies, school teams, gyms, CrossFit’s, clubs, friends and families)
  • Public Safety Division (law enforcement officers, fire fighters, paramedics, DNR, DOC and military personnel; teams need at least 5 public safety competitors to qualify)
  • SIU Division (a division created solely for students and staff of Southern Illinois University)

Who Benefits

All proceeds collected through the Plane Pull benefit the more than 22,000 athletes and more than 20,000 Young Athletes (ages 2-7) currently participating with Special Olympics Illinois.

Questions on this event?  Please contact Lourin Sprenger.


Event Partners

District G Bocce Adults – Area 15 @ First Christian Church
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
District G Bocce Schools – Area 15 @ First Christian Church
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Trivia Contest @ American Legion
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Trivia Contest @ American Legion | Harrisburg | Illinois | United States

Kickoff the holiday season the right way and join us for the 3rd Annual Area 14 Trivia Night and Auction “Holiday Trivia Party”! Enjoy 10 rounds of entertainment trivia loosely based off of your favorite holiday songs!

The 2 top highest scoring tables will win a cash prize at the end of the night.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest!

We encourage all participants to compete in our Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest. The best sweater will win a prize!

Participants are encouraged to bring their own table snacks.  A cash bar will be available.

All Proceeds from this event will benefit the more than 525 athletes of Southeastern Area 14 Special Olympics Illinois!

Supporting Documents

Southern Sectional Bowling – Area 12 @ St. Clair Bowl
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Area 14 MATP @ Brownsville School
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Volunteer for Area 14


  • 9:45am – Opening Ceremony
  • 10:00am – Skills Start