Region I Special Olympics Family Festival (SOFF)

What is the Special Olympics Family Festival?

Each September, Consolidated Communications employees, family members and community volunteers host the Special Olympics Family Festival (SOFF) for Special Olympics Illinois athletes from eastcentral Illinois. It’s an exciting day filled with fun, food, music, entertainment and noncompetitive games on the grounds of Lake Land College. Every participant truly emerges a winner!

From its beginnings with just a few hundred Special Olympics Illinois athletes and volunteers, SOFF now attracts nearly 600 Special Olympians and some 1,200 or more volunteers who run the games, serve lunch or act as Friends-for-a-Day for the athletes. Special Olympics Family Festival invites athletes from Region G, H, I, J, and K to attend a day with family and meet new friends while enjoying sports-style games, Healthy Athletes resources, dancing, singing, food, entertainment and more!

Facility Information

Lake Land College, located at 5001 Lake Land Blvd, in Mattoon, IL.

The west building is utilized for volunteer check-in, the field house will be used for athlete/team check-in, and the east parking lot and grounds for all activities, events, and lunch.

Event Details:

A certified Class A coach must be on the grounds at all times during the Special Olympics Family Festival. Coaches also must provide the Athlete with lunch if the Athlete is unable to consume the lunch provided (e.g. allergies).

Participation ribbons are provided to each athlete who attempts and/or plays a sport game or activity. A SOFF Athlete’s Participation medal is also awarded to each Athlete during the Closing Ceremony event.

SOFF Day-of Schedule:
β€’ 7:00 -9:00 AM – Volunteer check-in
β€’ 8:00 -10:00 AM – Athlete check-in and entertainment
β€’ 10:00 – 11:00 AM – Parade and Opening Ceremony
β€’ 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM – Sports games, activities, entertainment, and lunch
β€’ 1:30 – 2:00 PM – Closing Ceremony
β€’ 2:00 – 3:00 PM- Athlete pick up, volunteer clean up


Please click on the button below to register to volunteer.


Lunch information will be provided soon. Waters will be provided by Heartland Coca-Cola.

Supporting Documents

Click here to view a Special Olympics Family Festival Experience Video from a previous year.

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 andβ€―X.β€―Β 


Sep 21 2024


10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Pre-Registration required


Lake Land College
5001 Lake Land Blvd. Mattoon, IL 61938
Vanessa Duncan


Vanessa Duncan

Other Organizers

Special Olympics Family Festival Leadership Committee
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