Region J Flag Football
What Is Flag Football?
One of the newest and most exciting sports Special Olympics Illinois offers is flag football. In Illinois, flag football provides competition for teams of five in junior and senior (co-ed) age groups.
Athletes in Illinois who participate in team competition, compete locally at a regional qualifying event. Teams who win a gold medal are eligible to advance to the State Flag Football Tournament hosted in November.
Flag Football Events Offered in Illinois
- Five-on-five team competition – Junior and senior age groups
Each team will play two games in their division. Multiple fields will be set up across the school football field.
Bleacher seating is available for fans. Team benches will be available on each field. Restrooms are located on the north end of the field.
9:00 AM – Opening Ceremony
Please click here to register as a volunteer.
Teams must provide their own flags and mouth guards. Athletes should bring their own refillable water bottle.
Awards will be given based on place in each division.
Bottled water and Powerade will be available. Lunch will be served for athletes and coaches.
Athlete Leaders from the region will be on hand to help with key portions of the event.
To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.
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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 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 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.
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