Region I Eastern Illinois University Spring Games

What is Athletics / spring Games / Track and Field?

Athletics offers a wide variety of traditional track and field events. Competition is also provided for athletes with various abilities in a variety of developmental track and field events.

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 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 – 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 and 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

Competition Information

All athletes will report to their first event immediately following Opening Ceremonies. Both the east and west side of the track will be ran at the same time, along with all our throw venues. Once their event is over they will be escorted to the awards staging area where all completed divisions will be awarded.
Reminder to coaches that all track events take precedence over field events.

Facility Information

All events are located on or around the track/football field.

No parking is allowed in the O’Brien Stadium lot, this for bus drop offs only. Public parking is located on the street. 

Region I will be using the entire facility. Bathrooms will be available, parking on the street. There is no parking allowed in the lot directly to the west of the stadium. You may drop athletes off in this lot, but will not be able to park.

Event Details

8:00 AM – Registration
8:45 AM – Opening Ceremonies line up
9:00 AM –Opening Ceremonies
Competition begins immediately following the Opening Ceremonies

A Special Olympics Illinois Global Messenger will be involved in Opening Ceremony.

Volunteer Information


Teams should bring their own water bottles, chairs, tents or umbrellas as we will be outside all day.
Athletes need to be dressed to compete, wear athletic shoes (no boots/dress shoes), shorts or athletic pants (no jeans) and no jewelry or medals/ribbons are to be worn during competition.


Awards will be presented after the completion of each event.


Lunch will be provided to registered athletes, coaches and all day volunteers. Water and concessions will be available.

Supporting Documents

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.  

COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines. Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols. 

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.


Apr 26 2024


8:00 am - 3:00 pm




Eastern Illinois University O'Brien Football Stadium
Grant Ave & 4th St. Charleston, IL 61920
Jackie Mendoza


Jackie Mendoza
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