Area 4 / Western

Area 4 was founded in 1973 and provides programming for people in the counties of Fulton, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Mercer, Rock Island and Warren.

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

area4Area 4 Contact Info

Cathy Betar – Area Director

Jennifer Davis – Area Manager

P.O. Box 104
Monmouth, IL, 61462-0104
Phone: 309-734-5903
Fax: 309-734-8324

P.O. Box 1032
Moline, IL, 61265
Phone: 309-786-6474
Fax: 309-786-9861


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Polar Plunge – Fox Lake @ Lakefront Park - Fox Lake
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Polar Plunge – Galesburg @ Lake Storey
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Region E Swimming @ Stagg HS
Mar 3 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Region D Swimming @ Whitney Young High School
Mar 3 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Polar Plunge – Decatur @ The Beach House, Lake Decatur
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Polar Plunge – Effingham @ Lake Sara
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Polar Plunge – Rend Lake @ Rend Lake - South Sandusky Beach
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Polar Plunge – Rockford @ Rock Cut State Park - Olson Lake
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Polar Plunge – Springfield @ Lake Springfield
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Little Miss & Little Mister Polar Bear Pageant Hosted by U of IL Urbana Police @ Elk's Lodge
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Polar Plunge – Oak Brook @ Oak Brook Bath and Tennis Club
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Polar Plunge – Manteno @ Manteno Sportsman's Club
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Region B Gymnastics @ Palatine High School
Mar 4 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Polar Plunge – Yorkville @ Loon Lake - Silver Springs State Park
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Polar Plunge – Macomb @ Spring Lake
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Region C Swimming @ Metea Valley High School
Mar 8 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Polar Plunge – Belleville @ 4204 Banquet Center
Mar 9 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Polar Plunge and Donut Dash – Joliet @ Leisure Lakes
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Polar Plunge and Donut Dash – U of I @ Universtiy of Illinois, Memorial Stadium Parking Lot
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
YPB Meeting @ Interior Investments
Mar 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Orientation starts at 5:30pm with the meeting beginning at 6:00pm.

State Basketball @ Horton Fieldhouse - ISU & Shirk Center - IWU
Mar 16 – Mar 18 all-day

What is State Basketball?

State Basketball is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in team and individual skills basketball. State Basketball is held at Horton Fieldhouse – ISU and the Shirk Center- IWU. Over 1,750 athletes will compete in this 3-day event and show off their winning form! The State Basketball Tournament is supported, in part, by a grant from the Shirk Family Foundation.


We are looking for volunteers to help out at this year’s State Basketball Competition. You can register online by selecting a day you are interested in working from below. Then you just need to sign in or create a profile if this is your first time volunteering for Special Olympics Illinois online.  If you are interested in bringing a group to volunteer please contact Nate Henry at 309-888-2551 or

Once you are logged in select shift(s) you want and click on “Complete Registration”. You will then be taken to a page where you can continue to register for more shifts. You do not have to go all the way back to the beginning of the process. Remain on this page and look for the event/day you would like to sign up for next. For more information you can view our Complete Step-by-Step Instructions.

Volunteer Friday


Volunteer Saturday


Volunteer Sunday


Competition is offered for teams and in individual skills.

Team Basketball

2014 State Basketball 2Team brackets indicating divisions and game times will be emailed to basketball team coaches prior to the tournament unless an email address is not available, in which case they will be mailed to the coach.  The goal of Special Olympics Illinois is to create four team divisions whenever possible for all state tournament play.  In some cases, divisions of two or three teams must be designed in order to provide appropriate competition at state tournaments.  In such cases, special rules apply so that each team is given a fair and equal opportunity to achieve success.

In a four team bracket, each team plays two games. In a three team division all play is round robin style.  In these divisions, three games will be played with each team competing twice.  In a two team division all play is best two of three games.  Teams will be given adequate time to rest between games and should a division go to a third game, the final game will be highlighted for its championship status.

Individual Skills

Individual Skills Competition will be Saturday at Illinois State University’s Horton Field House. The Staging Area will be in the southeast corner of the Field House.  Individual Skills athletes will begin competing at 9:00am Saturday.  All traditional skills athletes will compete followed by the Young Athletes Skills competition.

Sports competition runs from Friday, March 16, to Sunday, March 18. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics State Basketball. Entrance to the tournament is free of charge.

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.

  • Friday, 10am – 5:30pm
  • Saturday, 8am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday, 8am – 3:00pm

Young Athletes

Young Athletes from around the state will enjoy participating in basketball skills, socializing and so much more during the State Basketball tournament.

Young Athletes have the opportunity to participate in basketball skills on  Saturday, March 17 at Illinois State University’s Horton Field House. 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 Program

The Family Leadership team has set up the following special events for families of athletes.

Registration, Information & Hospitality

Please encourage all family members to register at the Family Information/Registration Area at ISU Horton Field House and in the main lobby at IWU Shirk Center.  New families as well as our veteran families should stop by to let us know you are here and enter the raffle to win prizes.  Information on athlete’s teams and game schedules and community information will be available.

Family Reception – Saturday Night

Immediately following Opening Ceremonies at ISU on Saturday night, family members are invited to a casual Reception and special presentation at the beautiful ISU Hancock Stadium Club while the athletes are enjoying an evening of entertainment. RSVP required – more info will be sent out to families and posted on the website.

Friday, March 16, 2018
9:30am – 4:00pm      Registration/Information Center Open – ISU Horton Field House/IWU Shirk Center

Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:30am – 4:00pm      Registration/Information Center Open – ISU Horton Field House/IWU Shirk Center
7:00pm – 7:30pm     Opening Ceremony – Horton Field House
7:30pm – 9:00pm      Family Dessert Reception and Special Presentation – ISU Hancock Stadium Club *NEW Location*

Sunday, March 18, 2018
8:00am – 12:00pm    Registration/Information Center Open – ISU Horton Field House, IWU Shirk Center

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony will be in held in Horton Field House on Saturday, March 17 at 7:00pm.

Dances & Evening Entertainment

A dance will be held on both Friday and Saturday Night.  The Friday Night dance and evening entertainment will take place after dinner and run from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Horton Field House. Saturday’s dance will begin shortly after the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony. Listen for announcements and look for flyers in your coach’s packet for more information.


The Cubby Hole will be onsite selling tournament specific items and for an additional fee can personalize items with names, events, year and state qualifier info on the back of shirts. 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.

Souvenir Pre-Order: Shop early and avoid waiting in line.  Pre-order your event shirts and pick them up at the tournament.  The on-line store is open 4 weeks before the tournament and closes the week before the event.  Go to to view merchandise and do your on-line shopping.  You can personalize on-line orders.

Please see souvenir hours & locations below:

ISU Horton Field House

Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 9:00am-4pm

IWU Shirk Center

Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm


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

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

Supporting Documents

2018 Event Handbook Memo

2018 State Basketball Event Handbook-Updated 2.21.18

2018 State Basketball Agency Listing

State Bball Hotel List 2018-Updated 2.19.18


Shirk Family Foundation
IHSA State Basketball Tournament @ Peoria Civic Center - March Madness Experience Hall
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – Mar 17 @ 4:00 pm
IHSA State Basketball Tournament @ Peoria Civic Center - March Madness Experience Hall | Peoria | Illinois | United States



The games will be held in the March Madness Experience Hall at the Peoria Civic Center.  The March Madness Experience, includes interactive games, historical exhibits and good times.  It is an integral part of the State Finals.  It is just across the concourse from Carver Arena.  It is free to anyone who has a game ticket and will cost an entrance fee of $2.00 for everyone else.  Registered Special Olympics Athletes, Partners and Coaches will be provided with an entrance credential.

Opening Ceremonies

All teams need to arrive on Friday by 12:15 pm.  We will be hosting an Opening Ceremonies in the Experience Hall at 12:30 pm and will be incorporating some participation from all teams.

Game Times

Games will be played at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm on both Friday and Saturday.  Each team will play twice, one time each day.


This tournament is broken down in 2 – 4 Team Divisions.  SO Division II will encompass the 4 teams that won the regional tournaments.  SO Division I will encompass the 4 teams that were runner-up.

Friday Evening

There are not plans for teams for Friday evening.  You are invited to join the activities at the traditional Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball tournament if you would like.  For more information, please contact Jen Marcello.

Rampage Championship Wrestling Benefit Hosted by Jacksonville Correctional Center @ MacMurray College Gym
Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm