Region H Spring Games
All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.
Vaccination is not required to attend in person events.
SOILL will have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes/spray and other cleaning/sanitizing products on-site.
Please check with your Region staff on the status of spectators attending competitions. The decision on allowing spectators is based on the facility being used for the competition, the rules they have and the amount of people above the number of registered athletes and coaches they can safely accommodate. It is very important you relay to all parents and guardians if spectators will be allowed at this competition.
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 Spring Games?
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 the 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 – 4X100 and 4X400 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
- 10, 25 and 50 Meter Assisted Walk
- 30 and 50 Meter Motorized Wheelchair Slalom
- Standing Long Jump
- High Jump
- Softball Throw
- Tennis Ball Throw
This event is a regional qualifier for Region H Track and Field athletes. The athletes who receive a gold medal will advance to Summer Games in Bloomington
We have use of the entire facility, track, throwing and jumping area, restrooms’, locker rooms, bleachers for seating, concessions and parking.
7:45 a.m. – Registration Begins
8:20 a.m. – Lineup for Opening Ceremonies
Torch Runners go to Bullpen
8:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies Begin
- Brief Opening Remarks
- Parade of Athletes
- Presentation of Colors by Knights of Columbus
- National Anthem
- Outstanding Awards – Sponsor; Volunteer; Coach and Athlete (During this time, the Torch Run athletes and police officers will take their positions)
- Unified and Cool School Challenge Awards
- Reciting of the Oath
- Torch Run
9 am track and field events begin
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
Coaches can bring pop tents for team area, sunsreen and lawn chairs for team area.
Final Divisions will be created after entries are received and sent out to coaches. Athletes will receive medals and ribbons based on how they finish.
Concessions will be available
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 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.