Mobile App Among Changes for 2014 Summer Games


Now that all Spring Games have been completed, with about 10,000 athletes competing at the grass-roots level, it’s time to look forward to the 2014 Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games.

Athletes who received a gold medal in the sports of aquatics, athletics, gymnastics, powerlifting or soccer at Spring Games or District competition qualified for the Summer Games June 13-15 at Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington-Normal. Approximately 4,000 athletes from across the state are expected to converge for three days of exciting competition, a thrilling Opening Ceremonies and, of course, the always memorable “Victory Dance” on Saturday evening at Hancock Stadium.

New this year will be a Summer Games mobile app to provide attendees a variety of up-to-date information about the Games. The 2014 Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games mobile app is expected to launch in the beginning of June.

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The app will feature:

  • Interactive schedules
  • Events Listings – Search capability, rating of events and event handouts
  • Community Photos– users can take pictures and upload them into a live feed
  • Alerts/special text messaging
  • Social Media Feeds
  • Friends 2.0 – users can find and add friends (coaches, parents, athletes, etc.).
  • Special Offers – discounts to entertainment, Restaurants, shows, etc. (when available)
  • Families Center
  • Souvenir Store
  • Static maps of the venues

Our goal with this app is to help deliver a more personalized Summer Games experience and improve future events for our athletes & fans.

Other changes for 2014 Summer Games include:

  • Due to construction at Watterson, athlete housing will be on both ISU and IWU campuses
  • Construction on the football stadium is complete and we’ll have access to both sides of the stadium
  • The bocce venue has moved back to the soccer stadium at ISU
  • The Snyder group has sponsored Olympic Town this year and revamped the offerings. Olympic Town will be open extended hours on Friday and Saturday – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • The final schedule is tentatively scheduled to be out on Friday, June 6.