Fall Games

What is Fall Games?

Fall Games is one of 13 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those winning a gold medal at a region tournament in volleyball and those participating in equestrian. More than 700 athletes typically compete in this tournament.

Competition Information


Do you love horses? Then equestrian is the sport for you. The equestrian competition will be conducted at BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre in Poplar Grove. Athletes registered to compete in dressage, English equitation, showmanship, stock seat equitation and working trails will compete on Saturday. 

Equestrian registration information coming soon.


Volleyball is a fantastic sport to play. Special Olympics Illinois team competition brings the best teams in the state together in an exciting event.  Team competition is offered for both traditional and Unified formats. Unified teams will participate in screening games prior to final divisions being determined. Games will start as scheduled and IHSA rules will govern all tournament play. Athletes competing in volleyball team competition will be required to wear appropriate attire. No jeans or jean shorts will be allowed.

Athletes may also compete in volleyball skills. Skills competition will be on Saturday at UW Health Sports Factory. Competition will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday and awards will be presented after all skills competitions are completed. Athletes competing in skills will be required to wear appropriate attire. No jeans or jean shorts will be allowed for any athlete in skills competition.

Volleyball registration information coming soon.

Tentative Competition Times

All times listed below are tentative and subject to change once event specific schedules are determined. For a final schedule please check the supporting documents section close to competition day.


  • Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM


  • Saturday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Facility Information

SITE: Rockford, Illinois

  • Equestrian – BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre, Poplar Grove, IL
  • Volleyball – UW Health Sports Factory (new venue for 2024). 301 W. Water St. Rockford, IL

Volunteer Information

We are looking for volunteers to help at the volleyball venue on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday.  If you are interested in volunteering, please use the link below.

Opening Ceremony

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Souvenirs are sold on Saturday ONLY at both venues from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Cash and most major credit cards are accepted for souvenir sales.  CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.  Souvenir items are offered by Minerva Promotions and a percentage of sales are given to Special Olympics Illinois. You can save time and preorder items and pick them up on-site.  If you want to personalize any items then you must pre-order them.  On-site customization is not offered at the tournament.

To view items and submit your preorder, click here. The pre-order deadline is October 11 at 8:00 AM.


Families registration/hospitality is open for families and friends attending the Fall Games competition.

Families should stop by Families registration at both the volleyball and equestrian venues to check in and be entered into our free raffle. You can also pick up event information. A hospitality area will also be available at the UW Health Sports Factory. Concessions will be available at UW Health Sports Factory for families to purchase snack and lunch items. A food truck will be at the equestrian venue Saturday from 11:00 AM -2:00 PM.

Family Registration/Hospitality Hours:

Equestrian – Bergmann Center:                            Saturday           7:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Volleyball – UW Health Sports Factory:              Saturday           8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                                                                  Sunday             7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

A Family Evening Activity is being planned – details will be released soon!

Victory Dance

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Text Alerts and Event status Updates

In case of inclement weather, schedule changes or cancellations check the website here for updates. You can also subscribe to our text alert system by texting “fallgames” to 77453

This alert will send you any last minute changes in the Fall Games schedule. 


Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Meals include Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner (stipend provided) and Sunday lunch.


Please check back closer to the event for more details.

Supporting Documents

For assistance in securing a hotel room for this event, click here.

To see a complete list of all state tournaments, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.


Please check back after the competition for all final results

Who We Are

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok andβ€―Twitter.β€― 


Oct 19 - 20 2024


8:00 am - 6:00 pm




BraveHearts at the Bergmann Centre
4950 IL-173, Poplar Grove, IL 61065

Location 2

UW Health Sports Factory
301 S. Water St. Rockford, IL 61104
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