Region I Virtual Special Olympics Family Festival – SOFF on Safari

Special Olympics Family Festival goes virtual for 2021!

The health and safety of Special Olympics Illinois athletes is our #1 priority at the Special Olympics Family Festival (SOFF). After much thought and discussion, we have decided to host a virtual SOFF event again this year.

SOFF is always a much anticipated event, and we did not take this important decision lightly. We simply cannot risk bringing more than 1,800 people together, potentially putting the athletes, volunteers, coaches and family members at risk. Consolidated Communications, along with partners First Mid Bank & Trust, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and Special Olympics Illinois are committed to continuing the tradition of the Special Olympics Family Festival; honoring and recognizing the athletes and families of Special Olympics Illinois.  This year we’re celebrating SOFF’s 37th anniversary virtually.  While some things have changed, a number of exciting events have remained.

We are disappointed we won’t be able to meet in person again this year; however, we’re excited to build on last year’s successful virtual event with some new features:

Event Details:

Here’s What to Look Forward to with Virtual SOFF!

•Get Up & Dance with Celeste & SOFF Friends, including Trooper Tracy, Trooper Jamie,  & Cartoon Characters

•Torch Run with Special Olympics Illinois Athletes Kassi Herrera, Aiden Neece, & Demion Dennis

•Safari Jeep Tour at Aikman Wildlife Adventures

•Performances by Elvis Himselvis and MORE!!

The event begins at 10:00am. Watch for our SOFFari video!

Every athlete that’s registered will receive a SOFF backpack including:

Shirt, Stuffed monkey, cooling bandana, blanket, first aid items – SBL, Animal Crackers, Mardi Gras Beads, tattoos, pens, Aikman Wildlife doupon, Jimmy Johns coupon, selfie frame, program and ribbons.


Go here to reserve your t-shirt through Wave Graphics. Orders will be accepted through Sept. 17 and will be mailed to you.

Pick Up Days and times

Springfield – Region H office, Tuesday, Sept. 14th

Decatur – Decatur Office on Tuesday, Sept. 14th

Champaign & Arcola – Will be delivered by Vanessa on Wednesday, Sept. 15th

Charleston – Thursday, September 16th, from 11:00am – 2:00pm at Morton Park, Charleston, IL

Mattoon – Thursday, September 16th, from 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Consolidated Communications, Rutledge Building, 2116 S. 17th Street (Behind Pilson’s Auto Body on Lake Land Blvd.), Mattoon, IL

Olney Community Park, by flag pole in front of the community building, on Friday, September 17th, at 9:00am. 

Virtual Information

Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. CT.

Find the link to our video on the following social platforms:

If you have any questions, please email


Sep 18 2021


10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Pre-Registration required


On Line Event
Vanessa Duncan


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