Big Blue Blowout – Coaches Training Weekend

COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines.  Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols. 

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible.  While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority.  All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:


What is the Big Blue Blowout?

The 22st Annual Big Blue Blowout will be hosted this fall in Bloomington-Normal. BBB is an opportunity for coaches to attend multiple sport and coaching courses in one weekend.  BBB is a great opportunity to meet, network & swap best practices with other coaches from around the state. 

Event Details

Friday September 23rd – Lincoln Leisure Center, 1206 S. Lee St. Bloomington

  • Principals of Coaching – 2:30pm – 9:00pm

Saturday September 24th – Lincoln Leisure Center, 1206 S. Lee St. Bloomington

  • Athletics (ISU Redbird Track) – 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Sport First Aid – 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Unified Volleyball – 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Yoga – 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Flag Football – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Snowshoe – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Powerlifting (Power & Fitness BN) – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Unified Bags – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Dinner – Hike Haven 218 Tanner St. Bloomington

  • Dinner & Bocce – 5:30pm

Sunday September 24th – Various Locations

  • Basketball (Lincoln Leisure Center) – 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Powerlifting (The PIT, 4 Seasons II) – 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Swimming (4 Seasons I) – 9:00am – 11:00am


To ensure a t-shirt please register by September 9th.

Additional Information

A housing stipend will be provided to reimburse a portion of hotel expenses for any Coach traveling more than 35 miles ($50 per night, 2 night maximum.)

Meals provided – Dinner Friday (if attending Principles of Coaching), Lunch Saturday, Dinner Saturday.

Who We Are

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world.  Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them 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.


Sep 23 - 25 2022


All Day




Lincoln Leisure Center
1206 S. Lee Street, Bloomington, IL 61701
Carolyn Cronin


Carolyn Cronin
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