Region I Special Olympics Family Festival (SOFF)
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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 Illinois Special Olympian Athletes from east central 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 Olympian 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 Special Olympian Athletes. Special Olympics Family Festival invites Athletes from Region G, H, I, J, and K to attend a day with Family and new friends while enjoying sports-style games, Healthy Athletes resources, dancing, singing, food, entertainment, and more!
Lake Land College, located at 5001 Lake Land Blvd, in Mattoon, IL. The West Building is utilized for Volunteer Check-in, the Fieldhouse will be used for Athlete/Team Check-in, and East Parking lot & grounds for all activities, events, and lunch.
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 (ie. 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:
• 7:00am -9:00am – Volunteer Check-in
• 8:00am -10:00am – Athlete Check-in and Entertainment on the Big Stage
• 10:00am – 11:00am – Parade and Opening Ceremony
• 11:00am – 1:30am – Sports Games, Activities, Entertainment, and Lunch
• 1:30pm – 2:00pm – Closing Ceremony
• 2:00pm – 3:00pm- Athletes Pick-up and leave, 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.
Click here to view a Special Olympics Family Festival Experience Video from a previous year.
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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 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 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.