SOILL Athletes Triumph at Outdoor Sports Festival


Special Olympics Illinois crowned its state champions at the Outdoor Sports Festival Sept. 12-13 in Decatur. More than 650 athletes competed in the two-day tournament. View individual results.

Athletes competed in either golf at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth or softball at Rotary Park in Decatur.

To compete in the festival, athletes must have trained for at least eight weeks and qualified through one of 18 Areas in the state. Competition gives athletes the opportunity to demonstrate the sports skills they have developed through training. 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.

As Official Partners of Special Olympics Illinois, the Illinois Knights of Columbus and Law Enforcement Torch Run and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois were the Gold Medal Sponsors of the Outdoor Sports Festival.

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


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