Athletes Triumph at Summer Games


NORMAL, Ill. – More than 4,000 athletes from across the state competed in the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games on June 12-14 at Illinois State University in Normal and Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. Athletes competed in one of six sports: aquatics, athletics (track & field), bocce, gymnastics, powerlifting and soccer. View results here.

To compete in the State Summer Games, athletes must have completed eight weeks of training and qualified through Area or District competition. Athletes are divisioned based on age and skill level so that each athlete can have the opportunity to experience success while competing on a comparable playing field.

Also at this year’s Summer Games, 6- and 7-year-olds in the Young Athletes Program were able to participate in the 50-meter run, tennis ball throw and soccer skills.

Those in attendance included approximately:

  • 4,100 athletes & Unified Partners competing in six sports
  • 3,000 family members
  •  1,900 coaches
  • 2,500 volunteers

Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games would not be possible without the time and support of the volunteers, donors and the following Summer Games sponsors:

2015 Gold Medal Sponsors:                                         

  • Illinois Knights of Columbus
  • Law Enforcement Torch Run
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

2015 Venue Sponsors:

  • Alexander’s Steak House
  • Avanti’s Italian Restaurant
  • Forum Financial
  • Town of Normal
  • Shop ’n Save
  • TD Ameritrade

2015 Bronze Medal Sponsors:

  • American Legion and Auxiliary
  • Amplivox
  • Bloomington-Normal Area Convention &Visitors Bureau
  • Casey’s General Stores
  • Jewel
  • Normal Firefighters IAFF Local #2442
  • State Farm Insurance Companies

2015 Olympic Town Sponsor:

  • The Snyder Companies

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 21,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms lives by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.  If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at


Michele Evans, 309-888-2573
Alexandra McMillin, 630-942-5621