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.
Patty Welsh – Director
Kimberly Riddering – Senior Director (North Region)
Annie Riddering – Assistant Director- Sports
Mike Rackov – Manager – Administrative Services
Amy Bandstra – Manager – Sports
900 Maple Rd. Ste. 1W
Homewood, IL 60430
phone: (708) 991-7564
fax: (708) 960-4586
Special Olympics Illinois continues to take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously. Our number one priority is keeping our athletes, volunteers, families and constituents safe. On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines to postpone or cancel in-person events that consist of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.
Special Olympics Illinois is following the guidance of the CDC, Special Olympics Inc., and Special Olympics North America by officially extending the suspension of all sports trainings (including practices), competitions, and other program-related activities through MAY 31, 2020.
Due to these circumstances, the Lewis University Plane Pull will postponed at this time. All associated parties are in discussions to select a future date in either late summer or fall of this year. We will remain in contact with all participants and will keep this webpage updated with the latest information.
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 17,000 Young Athletes (ages 2-7) currently participating with Special Olympics Illinois.
Join us for the Annual Construction Team Picnic at Allstate! Special Olympics Illinois athletes, families and friends are invited to experience the fun! Enjoy entertainment for the whole family; food, games, a DJ, dancing, t-shirts and more. Best of all it’s FREE!
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
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.