Athletes to Take to the Court at State Tennis Tournament in Bloomington


Twin Cities to Host Tournament for First Time

NORMAL, Ill. – Nearly 100 Special Olympics Illinois athletes and Unified Partners from all over the state will be taking to the courts Aug. 27-28 at Evergreen Racquet Club, 3203 E. Washington St., Bloomington, for the organization’s State Tennis Tournament. The tennis competition will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, and conclude by noon Sunday, Aug. 28.

This is the first time that Evergreen Racquet Club will be hosting the State Tennis Tournament. “With the planned closing of Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, this left us to search for a new tennis venue that could accommodate our needs,” said David Shindley, SOILL Director of Sports Training & Competition.

Evergreen Racquet Club hosted a Unified tennis tournament in 2015 and had tremendous support from their club members in volunteering and taking ownership of the event. “They are very eager to take on the State Tennis Tournament in 2016,” said Shindley. Bloomington-Normal now hosts three Special Olympics Illinois state tournaments – Basketball, Summer Games and Tennis.

Athletes competing in match play may compete in both singles and doubles play. Athletes competing in the individual skills competition will compete in skill tests including forehand volley, backhand volley, backhand ground stroke and more. There will also be Unified® doubles match play competition. Unified® teams include players with and without intellectual disabilities that compete against other Unified teams. List of athletes expected to compete.

Athlete participation per event:

  • 32 athletes competing in Singles Traditional Match Play
  • 14 athletes competing in Doubles Traditional Match Play
  • 35 athletes competing in Tennis Individual Skills
  • 11 athletes competing in Singles Short-Court Match Play
  • 4 athletes competing in Doubles Short-Court Match Play
  • 38 athletes competing in Unified® Doubles Match Play

The Opening Ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Racquet Club. Athletes will have a pizza party and enjoy bowling from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pheasant Lanes, Bloomington.

The State Tennis Tournament Gold Sponsors are the Illinois Knights of Columbus, Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.

About Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 20,000 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, SOILL Director of Communications, 309-660-8497