Region A Spring Games and Soccer

What Is Athletics (Track and Field)?

Athletics offers a wide variety of traditional track and field events. Competition is also provided for athletes with lower ability levels in a variety of development track and field events.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

Athletes in Illinois who compete in athletics compete locally at their region Spring Games. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to the state championship held at Summer Games in Normal in June.

Athletics Events Offered in Illinois

  • 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500- and 3000-meter-run
    • 100, 400 and 800-meter-race walk
    • Running long jump
    • High jump
    • Shotput and wheelchair shotput
    • Relays – 4×100 and 4×400 meter run, 4×25 meter wheelchair and 4×100 meter walk
    • Pentathlon (100, 400 meter run, running long jump, high jump and shotput)
    • 25, 30 slalom, 100- and 200-meter non-motorized wheelchair race

Developmental Events

  • 10, 25 and 50-meter assisted walk
    • 30 and 50-meter motorized wheelchair slalom
    • Standing long jump
    • High jump
    • Softball throw
    • Tennis ball throw

Soccer (football) is the world’s most popular sport. Athletes have the opportunity to compete on teams of seven including a goalie, as well as in Individual Skills Competition which develops basic soccer skills.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

Athletes in Illinois who participate in Soccer compete locally in Region Qualifying events. They are then eligible to advance to state championships at Summer games held in Normal in June.

Soccer Events Offered in Illinois


  • 7-on-7 Team Competition


  • Individual Skills Events (Dribbling, Shooting, Run and Kick)

Competition Information

Spring Games will include Athletics Competition And Soccer will be 7 on 7. Athletes and teams that win a gold medal will qualify for State Summer Games

All athletes need to be at your staging area at the start time of your events. For efficiency, no heats will be held if an athlete is not where they need to be when their division is called. Athletes who are not present will be scratched and will not be able to compete in the event. If you have a conflict with an athlete in two events scheduled at the same time, this needs to be communicated as soon as possible prior to May 2nd, so we can discuss. Track events take precedent over field events.

If you have scratches, please communicate as soon as you know.  On the day of the event, these will need to be turned in to Tournament Central as you register your team.

Please plan accordingly when traveling to ensure you arrive with enough time and take into account potential traffic and construction and the shuttle option.  Please make sure you dress for the elements and are following the uniform requirements stated in the rule interpretations. There are NO jeans allowed.  We are hoping for a sunny day, so please remember sun screen if needed

Facility Information

Due to the amount of athletes, coaches and spectators, along with scheduled school sporting events and construction at the High School, shuttle parking is available at Schnucks, 1810 Harlem Rd, Loves Park, IL 61111. Shuttle buses will continually run from this location to Harlem High School throughout the day. Please consider this parking option. Space is extremely limited at Harlem High School. If you show up and expect to park without using the shuttle option, you may miss your event and Opening Ceremony.

The track is semi-closed and only athletes, volunteers and registered coaches with a wristband will be allowed inside the gated track. Only registered coaches will receive a wristband that is to be worn to designate you as a coach. Wristbands must be worn and will be checked before admittance to the track is allowed. All awards stands are outside of the closed track so spectators can watch their athletes receive their awards after their events.

Event Details

This event is a qualifier for Summer Games.

Registration: 8:30 AM.
Opening Ceremony: 9:00 AM.
Competition: 10:00 AM.

All head coaches will need to present photo ID to register. Only Head Coaches will register the entire team. Registration takes place in the registration tent starting at 8:30 AM. The spot will be marked and staffed by volunteers to get you your team packets and information on the day. Individual athletes need to locate their team to receive their information.

Events begin at 10:00 AM.

No dogs are allowed at the venue unless they are service dogs.

There is a grassy area behind the bleachers that teams are able to set up an area to meet at and rest during down time. Feel free to bring a pop up tent and claim a spot so everyone can meet up when needed. We cannot use large tents that are staked into the ground due to Harlem’s electrical and water systems. Please ensure that there are no spikes or large stakes used for tenting.

The Opening Ceremony starts at 9:00 AM and all agencies are invited to participate. All teams will be announced and parade in the stadium. Lineup will occur on the northwest side of the stadium and volunteers will be there to help agencies get into alphabetical order. Bring your team banners. The Muffet Flott Spirit Award will be given to the team that enters the track with the most team spirit, so be creative and have fun!

The DoAnn Geiger Outstanding Awards will be given out during the Opening Ceremony.

Volunteer Information

Click on the button below to register as a volunteer.


Athletes should bring their own PPE’s and water. Lunch will be provided.


Awards will be given after heats finish in designated areas.


All registered athletes and coaches will be provided lunch. This will consist of a hot dog, chips, snack and water. Concession stand is available for purchase. Water will be placed throughout the venue for athletes as needed.

Supporting Documents

The 2 final Spring Games rosters are formatted a bit differently.  One lists your athletes, and then the time they are to be at events.  The other list the times, and which athletes are to be where.  Both are included so you could utilize whatever works best for you. 

2024 Region A Spring Games Schedule

Region A Spring Games Harlem Layout

Region A Spring Games Final Divisions – Division, Athlete, Time

Region A Spring Games Final Divisions – Division, Time, Athlete

2024 Region A Spring Games Final Divisions

2024 Region A Soccer Divisions

2024 Region A Soccer Schedule

2024 Region A Soccer Final Divisions

To see a complete list of all State Championship Competitions, click here.

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


All Gold Medal winners qualify to advance to the 2024 State Summer Games to be held on June 7-9 in Normal, Il.  As a reminder, all athletes need to have a valid Medical and Consent on file through the date of competition to be eligible.

Entry forms for State Summer Games can be found at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18S3AgPiaYLBywKprHRm4yfMa8s79A–R.   Please note that if you have multiple event entries, they should be submitted all at once.  This would include Swimming, Bocce, Athletics, Soccer, Powerlifting and other sports that are held with Summer Games.  Region A State Summer Games entries are due by 4:00 PM on May 6.  Region B teams please check with your region staff for deadlines, but it will be no later than this time and date.

Region A Soccer Brackets Final

Region A Soccer Results

Region A Spring Games 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 and X.  


May 04 2024


10:00 am - 6:00 pm




Harlem High School
9229 N Alpine Rd, Machesney Park, IL 61115
Trent Geiger


Trent Geiger
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