Region E provides programming for people in the counties of Grundy, Kankakee, South Suburban Cook and Will counties.
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.
Kevin O’Brien – Director
Patty Welsh – Assistant Director
Amy Bandstra – Administrative Assistant
Kimberly Riddering – Senior Director (North Region)
Mike Rackov – Manager – Administrative Services
Annie Riddering – Manager- Sports
900 Maple Rd. Ste. 1W
Homewood, IL 60430
phone: (708) 991-7564
fax: (708) 960-4586
What is the Plane Pull?
The Plane Pull features the ultimate tug-of-war competition, as teams of up to 10 battle the Republic Airways jet weighing 24 tons! Each team must raise a minimum of $500 to participate and will receive an exclusive Lewis University Plane Pull t-shirt.
Teams compete in one of three divisions:
- Open Division: Ideal for companies, school teams, clubs, friends and families
- Public Safety Division: Law enforcement, fire fighters, paramedics, EMT, DNR, DOC and military personnel; teams need to have at least 5 public safety competitors to qualify for this division
- Lewis University Division: A division created solely for students, staff, and alumni of Lewis University; teams need to have at least 5 Lewis University Affiliates competitors to qualify for this division.
Questions on this event? Please contact Jim Fitzpatrick at 309-888-2010
All proceeds collected through the Plane Pull benefit the more than 23,000 traditional athletes and more than 20,000 Young Athletes (ages 2-7) currently participating with Special Olympics Illinois.
Region E Sponsor