Area 15 / Southern

Area 15 was founded in 1970 and provides programming for people in the counties of Alexander, Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, Union and Williamson.

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.

Download the Area Profile Sheet for more information

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Shane Bennett –  Assistant Director

1740 Innovation Dr. Box 23
Carbondale, IL 62903
Phone: 618-457-2969
Fax: 618-457-4879


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50th Anniversary Celebration @ CIBC Fire Pitch, Toyota Park, Soldier Field
Jul 17 – Jul 21 all-day
Five-O at the Dirty-O @ The Dirt Oval @ Route 66 Raceway
Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Five-O at the Dirty-O @ The Dirt Oval @ Route 66 Raceway | Elwood | Illinois | United States

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What is Five-O at the Dirty O

Five-O at the Dirty O is a Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. It is a stock car race in which law enforcement officers race stock vehicles decked out in their department’s patrol colors and decals! The event takes place at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet.

Each officer must raise a minimum of $500 in donations to participate. The winning officer not only will receive ultimate bragging rights as the fastest cop in town but will be presented with the trophy.

Click here for a full list of rules.

Who can participate?

Drivers for this event must be active or retired law enforcement personnel and associated with a department.  Drivers are responsible for building their own car and raising a minimum of $500 in donations.  Retired police vehicles with emergency lights are preferred, but not mandatory.

Pit Crew is open to the general public, but must be associated with a registered driver. The Pit Crew role is to assist the driver in their fundraising efforts leading up to the event.  The more funds raised by a driver’s team the farther up in the starting lineup they will begin.

How to Register

Drivers and Pit Crew must register online by clicking here.  To download step-by-step Donor Drive registration instructions, click here.

Drivers (ONLY) must also register with the Dirt Oval @ Route 66 track by clicking here.

After registration be sure to track all your offline donations via your page. Click here for instructions.

Tickets to the event

Help the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run pack the stands! Last year this event was sold out so be sure to purchase your tickets online at:

Driver Resources

Public Safety Vehicle Show

In addition to the Five-O at the Dirty-O, the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run will be hosting a Public Safety Vehicle during that nights events.  All Public Safety organizations are encouraged to join us for this event! Registration is free and this is a great opportunity to interact with the public and help raise awareness for your local efforts.

To register a vehicle for the show please complete the form below.



Route 66
East Moline Police Dept. Golf Outing
Jul 23 @ 7:30 am – 1:30 pm
Region E Tennis @ BBCHS
Jul 26 – Jul 27 all-day
Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch @ All Illinois Texas Roadhouse Locations
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm

2018 marks the 8th annual Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch for Special Olympics Illinois.  Each July, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Texas Roadhouse collaborate on this exciting event in which law enforcement officers serve the public a “free lunch” while collecting donations at all 15 Illinois Texas Roadhouse locations.  Since the beginning nearly, $479,200 has been raised through this partnership.

The 2018 Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch is  scheduled for Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27.

Click here to view the Texas Roadhouse Flyer

Confirmed Date/Locations Include:

Thursday, July 26

  • Champaign, IL
  • Decatur, IL
  • Edwardsville, IL
  • O’Fallon, IL
  • Springfield, IL

Friday, July 27

  • Bradley, IL
  • Countryside, IL
  • Crystal Lake, IL
  • DeKalb, IL
  • E. Peoria, IL
  • Joliet, IL
  • Naperville, IL
  • Quincy, IL
  • Rockford, IL
  • Tinley Park, IL



IYC Warrenville Family Funway Day Bowling Tournament @ Funway
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
IYC Warrenville Family Funway Day Bowling Tournament @ Funway | Batavia | Illinois | United States

Join IYC Warrenville in their 9 pin bowling tournament on July 28th from 10-4 pm. There are two packages available for play! Check out the flyer below for more information.

Bowling Flyer

West Chicago PD vs West Chicago FD Charity Softball Game & Pig Roast @ Reed-Keppler Park
Jul 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
West Chicago PD vs West Chicago FD Charity Softball Game & Pig Roast @ Reed-Keppler Park | West Chicago | Illinois | United States

This game will be putting the friendly rivalry to the test with the WCPD & WCFD duking it out on the diamond (free to public). Live DJ, plenty of music, and a food truck will also be available. Following the game the fun will continue at Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar and Grill for the Pig roast, $10 ticket per person. Wiffle ball, bags, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and more give-aways! You don’t want to miss out!

Check out the flyer here!

Nelarusky @ Metro
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nelarusky @ Metro | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Nelarusky is an annual benefit for Special Olympics Illinois, now eleven years running, that doubles as an Official Lollapalooza Aftershow. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm.

Young Entrepreneur Lauren McClusky has been in charge of Nelarusky for 12 consecutive years. McClusky kicked off her first benefit for Special Olympics Illinois at the age of 17. The first two Nelarusky events featured bands from local Chicago high schools, and has since grown to encompass nationally known bands in partnership with Lollapalooza.

Tickets available June 1st at, click here to purchase.

Can’t Make It?

If you can’t make it to the event, but would still like to donate to Special Olympics Illinois in support of this event please fill out our donation form below.


Region A Annual Auction @ Senica's Oak Ridge Center
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Region J Golf @ Oak Brook Golf Course
Aug 3 @ 8:00 am
Region B Softball @ Elgin Sports Complex
Aug 4 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Region E Softball @ Inman Field
Aug 5 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
McCook PD – Wrigley View Rooftops @ Wrigley View Rooftops
Aug 5 @ 1:20 pm – 6:00 pm
McCook PD - Wrigley View Rooftops @ Wrigley View Rooftops | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Come join the McCook Police Department and Countryside Police Department in cheering for the Chicago Cubs as they take on the San Diego Padres on August 5th. All inclusive, all you can eat and drink event. Tickets are $150 each. For more information about the event, contact Russ Delude.


Cubs On Rooftop Flyer

Region C Golf-3,6,9 Hole @ Bartlett Hills Gold Club
Aug 6 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Chicago Ducky Derby @ Wabash Street - Chicago
Aug 9 all-day

Chicago Ducky Derby?

It’s a signature annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois! The Annual Chicago Ducky Derby is scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 9, 2018!  Thousands of spectators will join us as more than 50,000 yellow rubber ducks will splash into the Chicago River from the Columbus Drive bridge, helping us to raise more than $300,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

How do I adopt a duck?

Adopt a Duck Now!

You can Adopt a duck for only $5. Get more chances to win by purchasing a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) or Diamond Duck Pack (240 ducks for $1,000)!


What if my duck wins?

You could be the winner of one of our great prizes!


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Lip Sync Battle @ Mackinaw Valley Vineyard
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Eventbrite - 2018 Lip Sync Battle

Special Olympics Illinois – Region G and the Law Enforcement Torch Run are hosting their
third annual Lip Sync Battle on Aug. 9 from 6- 9 p.m. at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard. This event features Central Illinois celebrities who will “sing” their hearts out against other local celebrities to raise money and awareness for our Region G athletes and their families. Lip Sync contestants will perform to one of their favorite songs for the audience, who will in turn vote for their favorite acts with a donation. They are encouraged to wear costumes and can invite friends or family to be their backup singers/dancers! In addition, Best Costume, Best Performance and Best LETR/First Responder awards will be handed out.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will be selling soft drinks, water, tea, wine, beer and hard liquor selections throughout the evening. No outside beverages of any kind are allowed. Audience members are urged to bring lawn chairs or blankets on which to sit during the performances.


Free parking will be available at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard.

Presenting Sponsor


Stone Creek Golf Outing @ Stone Creek Golf Club
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Region E Bowling-East @ Orland Bowl
Aug 11 @ 8:00 am
Region E Bowling-West @ Town and Country Lanes
Aug 11 @ 8:00 am
Maple Park PD 100 Yard Marathon Mini Pub Crawl @ Main St Maple Park
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Maple Park PD 100 Yard Marathon Mini Pub Crawl @ Main St Maple Park | Maple Park | Illinois | United States

100 Yard Marathon, or to better known as a mini-pub crawl. Maple Park PD will be hosting a 4 bar pub crawl, filled with great vibes and even better games. Participants will receive 4 drink tickets, and a t-shirt for the price of a $25 ticket. Games are FREE!

Contact Jim MacRunnels for more information.

Maple Park Mini Pub Crawl

Oak Brook Police Department Golf Outing @ The Drake Hotel
Aug 13 @ 11:00 am
State Tennis @ Evergreen Racquet Club
Aug 18 – Aug 19 all-day

What is State Tennis?

State Tennis is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Tennis, Unified Tennis and Tennis Individual Skills. State Tennis is hosted at Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington. More than 100 athletes compete this weekend and show off their winning form!


Tennis is a stand alone competition and serves as a showcase for our tennis athletes to demonstrate the skills they have learned throughout the year. Everyone is encouraged to attend this premiere state tournament to cheer on these extraordinary athletes!

Athletes may compete in Short Court Singles & Doubles Match Play, Traditional Singles, Doubles and Unified Doubles Match play competitions. Athletes can compete in either match play or individual skills.

Individual Skills competition will also be offered where individuals will demonstrate their skills in forehand volley, backhand volley, forehand ground stroke, backhand ground stroke, serve deuce court, serve advantage court and alternating ground strokes


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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.

  • Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 7 a.m. – noon

Opening Ceremony

Special Olympics Illinois will hold an Opening Ceremony as part of the Olympic tradition at 11:30 a.m. at Evergreen Racquet Club. Areas will be asked to line up along the sidewalk for the parade of athletes. The Torch Run will also march in for the grand lighting of the cauldron.


Souvenir information coming soon!


A family hospitality area will be available at the tournament. Please encourage family members to visit the Family Hospitality Area and register if they are new to the Special Olympics Illinois families program or just check-in to let us know they are here. Family members can meet and visit with other families and receive information on what is new at Special Olympics Illinois. Most of all, they can have fun, relax and watch their athletes have a great experience.


In case of inclement weather, schedule changes or cancellations check the website here for updates. The day of the event you can text Evergreen to 77453 for text alerts or call 309-888-2000 Ext. 245.

Supporting Documents