Region A provides programming for individuals in the counties of Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago.
There are many opportunities available for you to get involved with Special Olympics including serving as a volunteer or committee member, helping with fundraising or competing as an athlete. If you live in the Region and want to find out more about the local program, please contact one of the staff members listed below.
Deborah Kelly – Director
Trent Geiger – Assistant Director
Allison Nichols – Assistant Director
904 Myrtle Ave
Dixon, IL 61021
850 N. Church St.
Rockford, IL 61103
P.O Box 317
Utica, IL 61373
To: Coaches, Athletes, Families, and Spectators
From: Region A
Re: 2019 Region A Spring Games at Harlem High School
Due to the number of athletes, coaches and spectators, shuttle parking is available at Schnucks – 1810 Harlem Rd, Loves Park, IL 61111. Shuttle buses will continually run from this location to Harlem High School throughout the day. Please consider this parking option. Space is extremely limited at Harlem High School. If you show up and expect to park without using the shuttle option, you may miss your event and Opening Ceremonies.
Opening ceremonies starts at 9:00 AM and all agencies are invited to participate. All teams will be announced and parade in the stadium. The lineup will occur on the northwest side of the stadium and volunteers will be there to help agencies get into alphabetical order. Bring your team banners. The Muffet Flott Spirit Award will be given to the team that enters the track with the most team spirit, so be creative and have fun!
All head coaches will need to present a photo ID to register. Only Head Coaches will register the entire team. Registration takes place in the registration tent starting at 8:30 AM. The spot will be marked and staffed by volunteers to get you your team packets and information on the day. Individual athletes need to locate their team to receive their information.
No dogs are allowed at the venue unless they are service dogs.
There is a grassy area behind the bleachers that teams are able to set up an area to meet at and rest during downtime. Feel free to bring a pop-up tent and stake a spot so everyone can meet up when needed.
The track is semi-closed and only athletes, volunteers and registered coaches with a wristband will be allowed inside the gated track. Only registered coaches will receive a wristband that is to be worn to designate you as a coach. Wristbands must be worn and will be checked before admittance to the track is allowed. All awards stands are outside of the closed track so spectators can watch their athletes receive their awards after their events
All athletes need to be at your staging area at the start time of your events. For efficiency, no heats will be held if an athlete is not where they need to be when their division is called. Athletes who are not present will be scratched and will not be able to compete in the event.
Please plan accordingly when traveling to ensure you arrive with enough time and take into account potential traffic and construction and the shuttle.
Supporting Documents TBA
Special Olympics Illinois is currently in the process of changing its volunteer registration and management software to VolunteerHub. This transition is being implemented by Region, one at a time, to ensure a smooth transition for everyone.
At this time, this event has not been set up in VolunteerHub. Please reach out to the event contact for more information.
LETR Days Sponsored By Schnucks
The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is excited to team up with Schnucks Grocery chain during the month of August to raise funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. During this event, law enforcement officers and volunteers will staff merchandise tables at the main entrance of their local Schnucks store. Volunteers will sell LETR merchandise, raffle tickets and collect general donations all to benefit to benefit the 23,000 traditional Special Olympics athletes and nearly 17,000 Young Athletes (ages 2 – 7).
Friday: 4 PM – 8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM
2020 Schedule and Supporting Documents TBA
Awards: Awards will be presented to athletes on a continuous basis as the division finishes their games. Please ask athletes to stay on their lanes once they have finished bowling.
Meals: Free meals will be provided to registered athletes and coaches that consists of a slice of pizza, chips, cookie, fruit and drink. First shift bowlers may eat after they have completed their bowling, while second shift bowlers must eat prior to bowling. A concession stand is also available for family members and spectators.
Competition: Competition will be offered for region gold medal winners in singles, ramp, doubles and team competition. Athletes bowling in the second shift need to check in by 10:30 am.
Due to facility upgrades, proper ball rolling will be enforced at all bowling events.
Facilities are indicating that “lofting” the ball and other actions that can be considered
unsafe will not be tolerated and are grounds for disqualification.
RAMP BOWLERS MUST BRING THEIR OWN RAMP.
**Ramp bowlers will only bowl 2 games. Gold medal winners qualify for the Special Olympics Illinois State Bowling Tournament in Peoria