Area 8 / Eastern Prairie

Area 8 was founded in 1979 and provides programming for people in the counties of Kankakee, Iroquois, Ford, Piatt, Champaign and Vermillion.

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.

For more information check out our Latest Newsletter.

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area8Area 8 Contact Info

Walk,Jackie10

Jackie Walk – Area Director

902 N. Country Fair Drive, Unit 7
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-355-1750
Fax: 217-355-1730

Events

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Oct
26
Fri
Region F MATP @ Ingersoll School
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm
McHenry PD Trivia Night @ Smith Central Garage
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
27
Sat
Region I Wrestling Tournament Fundraiser @ Millikin University (TBA)
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am
5th Annual Magic The Gathering Charity Tournament @ The Dragon's Refuge
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
5th Annual Magic The Gathering Charity Tournament @ The Dragon's Refuge | Bourbonnais | Illinois | United States

Attention all Magic The Gathering Fans? Do you have what it takes to battle some of the best while raising money for Special Olympics Illinois? Then this event is for you!

To learn more, check out the event flyer!

Region H- Hoopin with the Hawks @ Quincy University
Oct 27 @ 1:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mats United Wrestling Tournament @ First Presbyterian Church
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Region H Spooktakular Trivia @ Knights of Columbus Council 364
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm

Come to enjoy 10 different themed rounds of fun!
Costumes are encouraged and prizes for the best individual
costume, best team costume and best table decorations will be awarded!

$20 player or $200 table/ 10

Doors Open at 6:00p.m.
Trivia Begins at 7:00 p.m.

Spooktakular Trivia Flyer

Nov
1
Thu
Region H MATP @ Hope School
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am
Nov
3
Sat
Region I Bocce @ Mattoon Sports Complex
Nov 3 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
State Unified Soccer Tournament @ Quad Indoor Sports
Nov 3 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Northern Sectional Bowling – Region A @ Cherry Bowl
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nov
4
Sun
State Flag Football @ Avanti's Dome
Nov 4 all-day
State Flag Football @ Avanti's Dome | Pekin | Illinois | United States

What is State Flag Football?

State Flag Football is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in Flag Football. State Flag Football is hosted at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin.

Competition

State Flag Football is a stand-alone competition and serves as a showcase for our Flag Football athletes to demonstrate the skills they have learned throughout the year. Everyone is encouraged to attend this premiere state tournament so make sure you don’t miss this great event!

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles at our State Flag Football competition. Please click on the link below to check out all the available shifts and register to volunteer!

Volunteer Now

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, team registration, etc. For a final schedule please check the Supporting Documents section close to competition day.

  • Sunday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony will take place at the Avanti’s Dome beginning at 8:30 am on Sunday. We ask that all athletes be on the fields before the ceremony begins. All other athletes, coaches and spectators should be seated in the chairs or bleachers in the dome.

Families

Stop by the family registration located in the main lobby to receive you event packet and a raffle ticket for the FREE Raffle. Don’t forget to wear your credentials.  If you don’t have famiy credentials, you can order them at the event – these are FREE to families. Hours are as follows:

Hours:                        8:30am – 2:00pm      Sunday

Souvenirs

Souvenir items will be sold on-site from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  Items range from $1 to $55 and will include clothing and other traditional souvenir items. Cash and most major credit cards will be accepted for souvenir sales.  CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.  Souvenir items are offered by Minerva Promotions and a percentage of sales are given to Special Olympics Illinois.

***Pre-Order Information: You can save time and pre-order items and pick them up on-site!  If you want to personalize any items then you must pre-order them.  On-site customization is not offered at the tournament.  Minerva Promotions is offering a free 50th Anniversary Pop Socket with every preorder! Please go to www.soillstatestore.com  or click here Interactive SO State Flag Football to view items and submit your preorder.

Weather

In case of inclement weather, schedule changes or cancellations check the website here for updates. You can also call 309-888-2000 Ext. 245 or receive updates via our text alert system by texting Flag2018 to 77453.   The Text Alert System will be open for registration starting October 23.

Supporting Documents

2018 State Flag Football Schedule Memo

2018 State Flag Football Divisions

2018 State Flag Football Schedule

2018 State Flag Football Agency List Updated 10.22.18

Family Information 2018

2018 State Flag Football Event Handbook Memo

2018 State Flag Football Event Handbook

2018 State Flag Football Agency List

 

West Central Sectional Bowling – Region F @ Quad City Family Entertainment
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am
Nov
7
Wed
Region E MATP @ Moraine Valley Comm. College
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am
Nov
8
Thu
Region K MATP @ Brownsville School
Nov 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Nov
9
Fri
Region F MATP @ Renaissance Care Center
Nov 9 @ 12:30 pm
Nov
16
Fri
Monmouth Dinner and Auction @ Country Club
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nov
17
Sat
State Floor Hockey @ Northeastern Illinois University
Nov 17 all-day

What is State Floor Hockey?

State Floor Hockey is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Floor Hockey. State Floor Hockey is hosted at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Competition

Floor Hockey is a stand alone competition and serves as a showcase for our floor hockey athletes to demonstrate the skills they have learned throughout the year. Everyone is encouraged to attend this premiere state tournament so make sure you don’t miss this great event!

Athletes may compete in team competition or Individual Skills. Individual skills will take place on Saturday starting at 9am. For team competition all teams need to arrive 15 minutes prior to game time to warm up and teams not ready to play within 10 minutes of the designated starting time will forfeit the game.

Volunteer

To register to volunteer for this event, please click on the link below.

Volunteer Now

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, 9am – 4pm

Families

A family hospitality area will be available at the front lobby from 8:30am-12:30pm on Saturday. Please encourage family members to visit the Family Hospitality Area and register or 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 and also have the opportunity to win a prize from the raffle. Most of all, they can have fun, relax and watch their athletes have a great experience.

Opening Ceremony

Teams will be assigned to a court for the Opening Ceremony parade. Please arrive at your court between 7:45-8:15am. Opening Ceremony begins at 8:15am in the main gym.

Souvenirs

Souvenir items will be sold between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Items range from $1 to $55 and will include clothing and other traditional souvenir items. The vendor will sell State Floor Hockey Tournament specific t-shirts and sweatshirts.  Cash and most major credit cards are accepted.  CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.  Souvenir items are offered by Minerva Promotions and a percentage of sales are given to Special Olympics Illinois.

You can save time and pre-order items and pick them up on-site.  If you want to personalize any items then you must pre-order them.  On-site customization is not offered at the tournament.  Minerva Promotions is offering a free 50th Anniversary Pop Socket with every preorder! Please click on this Interactive Souvenirs Flyer State Floor Hockey or go to www.soillstatestore.com.

Weather

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

Supporting Documents

2018 State Floor Hockey Event Handbook Memo

2018 Floor Hockey Event Handbook

2018 State Floor Hockey Agency List

Interactive Souvenirs Flyer State Floor Hockey

 

 

Annual Kick Off the Holidays Celebration @ Dixon Elks Club
Nov 17 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Nov
20
Tue
Region D MATP-Bowling @ Waveland Bowl
Nov 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Nov
26
Mon
Region I Young Athlete Culminating Event @ Mark Twain Elementary school
Nov 26 @ 1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Nov
28
Wed
Region I Young Athlete Culminating Event @ Mark Twain Elementary school
Nov 28 @ 1:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Nov
30
Fri
Region K Basketball – Individual Skills @ SIU Rec Center
Nov 30 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm