Region J Spring Games and MATP

What Is Spring Games

Spring Games offers a wide variety of traditional track and field events. Competition is also provided for athletes with other disabilities in a variety of development 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’s spring games. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to the state championship held at the Summer Games during June in Normal.

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-meter 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

Motor Activities Training Program Facts

MATP is designed for athletes with severe or profound intellectual disabilities, including athletes with significant physical disabilities who are unable to participate in official Special Olympics sport competitions because of their skill and/or functional abilities. It prepares them for sport-specific activities appropriate for their abilities.

Unlike other Special Olympics competitions, athletes do not compete to win. Instead, the emphasis is on the last part of the Special Olympics Athlete Oath: being brave in the attempt. By being in this program, these athletes were bravely competing to do better than they performed in the past.

Competition Information

Males will be on the track first and females will be at the field events. We will switch once all divisions finish. Multiple divisions may compete in track races at the same time for efficiency.

Facility Information

The track is located on the east side of the high school. Paved parking is to the west of the track.

Event Details

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Volunteer Information

Please click on the button below to register as a volunteer.


Athletes and fans should bring their own refillable water bottle to keep with them. Fans may wish to bring lawnchairs. Pop-up tents are allowed as well.


Awards will be given based on place in each division for each event.


Bottled water and Powerade will be available. Lunch will be served for athletes and coaches.

Special Guests

Athlete Leaders from the Region will be on-hand to help with key portions of the event.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.

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


Please check back after the competition to review the final resutls.

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 05 2024


9:00 am - 6:00 pm




Triad High School
703 E. US HWY 40 Troy, IL 62294
Steve Whitlatch


Steve Whitlatch
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