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Top Activities at 2024 Summer Games

This three-day weekend is set to spark some excitement among Special Olympics Illinois athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and families alike. While you're preparing for all the sports competition, don’t forget to add these “can’t miss” activities to the list.

Healthy Athletes

Athletes may take part in free screenings in Special Smiles, Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes, and Fun Fitness on Friday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at CEFCU (Redbird) Arena. Plus, don’t miss therapy dogs (Friday only) and hydration station at the top of the Redbird Ramp.

Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg

Members of Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run will complete their week-long, intrastate relay, carrying the Flame of Hope to its final destination of Opening Ceremony at on Friday, June 7. Officers will run from The Shoppes at College Hills to Hancock Stadium starting at 6:30 PM.

Opening Ceremony

This momentous evening will feature the Parade of Athletes, Athlete Oath, special guest speakers, live entertainment, and the famous lighting of the cauldron. The event kicks off at Hancock Stadium at 8:00 PM on Friday. Don’t forget your rally towels from last year!

Young Athletes Statewide Culminating Event

Witness the joy of our Young Athletes program as kids ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities participate in a series of obstacles on Friday, June 7 at 1:00 PM at Hancock Stadium.

Olympic Town

Open at ISU’s Turner Hall Parking Lot on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Normal Community High School on Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Be sure to check out these free activities and entertainment, from athlete vendors, to glitter tattoos and body art, to That Kid Place foam party, to LETR dunk tank, and more!

Families Tailgate Picnic

Families of Special Olympics Illinois athletes are welcome to stop by the Families registration and fan zone, held at Horton Field House on Friday, June 7 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM and Saturday, June 8 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Families registration tables will also be located at Grossinger Motors Arena and Normal Community High School.

Unified Bags Exhibition

Discover the inclusive sport of Unified bags at Horton Field House on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 20:00 PM, where you can try your hand at this emerging sport.

Victory Dance

Dance the night away on Saturday, June 8 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in Uptown Normal. Athletes can enjoy the chance to celebrate the weekend’s accomplishments, socialize with old and new friends, and just let loose!

View the Summer Games event website for more. Want to get live event updates? Text “summer” to 844-393-0980.