Region D Swimming – Park and Agency Divisions

What Is Swimming?

Swimming, which is considered a lifetime activity, is appropriate for a range of ages and abilities. Competition events are based on a variety of strokes.

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

Athletes in Illinois who participate in swimming compete locally in a region qualifier. Gold medal winners from the regions are then eligible to advance to the state championship held at Summer Games in Normal in June.

Swimming Events Offered in Illinois

  • Backstroke – 25-, 50- and 100-meter
  • Breaststroke – 25-, 50-, and 100-meter
  • Butterfly – 25-, 50- and 100-meter
  • Freestyle – 25-, 50-, 100-, 200- and 40-meter
  • Individual Medley – 100-meter (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle)
  • Relays – 4X25-meter, 4X50-meter, 4X100-meter freestyle, 4X25-meter medley (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle

Competition Information

Chicago Parks and Agencies swimming competition.

Coaches – please remember to get your bus driver’s phone number in case of a change in the schedule.

  • Upon arrival, please claim a “home” in the gym to put your belongings. Do not place items on chairs or tables as they will be used for lunch.
  • Staging will take place on deck. Please pay attention to the races so you know when to bring your swimmers into the deck area.  
  • Athletes will be given blue Ikea bags to place their towels/sandals in before the race and a volunteer will be at the finish line with their bags.
  • Awards will be given upon completion of the athletes’ race on deck.
  • There is overhead seating in the balcony for spectators.

State Advancement:

  • Athletes who win first place in their division qualify for Summer Games, June 7th-9th in Bloomington, Illinois.
  • Entries for Summer Games are due in person May 14th, 2024. 
  • Athletes must have a medical valid through June 9th to compete.  Any medicals that need to be updated must be submitted to the regiondmedapp@soill.org email by May 14th, 2024.

Facility Information

Pool area for athletes, coaches and volunteers. Locker room and bathrooms available. Street Parking.

Event Details

  • Volunteer check in: 8:30 AM
  • Agency/team check in: 8:00AM – 8:30 AM
  • Opening Ceremony (on the pool deck) – 8:45am
  • Competition begins: 9:00 AM
  • Awards: Immediately following competition
  • Competition ends: Around 2:00 PM

Volunteer Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Lunch will be provided to athletes and coaches (on a 3:1) ratio. Registered volunteers will be provided lunch as well.

Lunch will be a subway sandwich, chips, and a water. If you or an athlete has any dietary restrictions, you will need to bring your own lunch.

Lunch will be in the gym across from the locker rooms.

Supporting Documents

2024 Region D Swimming Coach Proof

2024 Region D Swimming Competition Schedule

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.

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.  


Mar 30 2024


8:00 am - 2:00 pm




McGuane Park 2901 S. Poplar Ave. Chicago, IL 60608


Caitlin Tipre

Other Organizers

Katie McFadden
Brenden Cannon
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