At Special Olympics Illinois, we are always evaluating how to make the athlete experience better. In order to provide higher-quality events, we have assessed the events that make up the Outdoor Sports Festival and decided that they will now become two stand-alone events: the State Golf Tournament and the State Softball Tournament. Both tournaments will take place the second weekend of September. In 2022, they will take place the weekend of September 10 and 11.
The State Softball Tournament will take place in Springfield at the Land of Lincoln Sports Complex site of the University of Illinois at Springfield. This will provide a facility that is well run with state-of-the-art fields.
The State Golf Tournament will stay at the well-manicured and well-maintained Hickory Point Golf Club in Forsyth (Decatur). The course also hosts the IHSA Women’s State Golf Tournament and they treat Special Olympics Illinois athletes with the same respect and professionalism.