Region A Holiday Lunch
All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.
All participants are required to wear a mask inside Franchesco’s regardless of vaccine status unless they are seated and eating.
Unless fully vaccinated, participants who are medically able should continue to wear a mask at outdoor venus the majority of time while at Special Olympics Illinois activities.
Vaccination is not required to attend in person events.
Special Olympics Illinois will not be providing masks. Participants must bring their own.
Even with the vaccine, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of infection. Individuals with a higher susceptibility risk for COVID-19 are encouraged to review the information on the CDC and IDPH website to make an informed decision about attending in person events.
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 Region A Holiday Lunch?
The Region A Holiday Lunch is a holiday celebration for the Region A athletes.
This holiday lunch has a long history. It began many years ago at Maria’s Restaurant, but 7 years ago moved to Franchesco’s Franchesco’s provides salad, pasta, pizza and beverages to registered coaches and athletes. This has been coordinated by former MLB umpire Larry Young, a longtime supporter in Region A. The event runs from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and along with lunch, it also includes a visit from Santa.
The event is limited in size and registration is closed.
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.