Region J Spring Games
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 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-, 30-meter 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
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.
The track is located on the north side of the high school. Parking is to the west of the facility. Restrooms are located in the press box building behind the grandstand.
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
Please click here 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.
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.
To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, which supports 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 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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