Region E

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.

Download the Region Profile Sheet for more information

Region E Contact Info

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Kevin O’Brien – Director
Phone: 708-991-7564

Patty Welsh – Assistant Director
Phone: 708-929-2113

Amy Bandstra – Administrative Assistant
Phone: 708-991-7564

Kimberly Riddering – Senior Director (North Region)
Phone: 847-626-5809

Mike Rackov – Manager – Administrative Services
Phone: 312-802-0285

Annie Riddering – Manager- Sports
Phone: 312-270-5193

Office Location

900 Maple Rd. Ste. 1W
Homewood, IL 60430
phone: (708) 991-7564
fax: (708) 960-4586

Events

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Feb
20
Thu
Region F MedFest @ Blackhawk Education Center
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Feb
29
Sat
Region E Blarney Blowout @ Gaelic Park
Feb 29 all-day
2020 Macomb Polar Plunge @ Western Illinois University - Western Hall
Feb 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Mar
7
Sat
2020 Manteno Polar Plunge @ Manteno Lake
Mar 7 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Region E Swimming @ Stagg HS
Mar 7 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mar
14
Sat
2020 Braidwood Polar Plunge @ Braidwood Rec Club
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mar
29
Sun
Region C Powerlifting @ West Aurora High School
Mar 29 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Register to Volunteer

Enter through Door 16a off of Commonwealth Ave and Spruce St.

Below you’ll find info regarding the Special Olympics Powerlifting meet on Sunday, March 29th at West Aurora High School.  Please read this email fully and feel free to ask any questions you might have.

Schedule

Schedule TBA

Weigh-Ins

Be prepared with athlete’s first attempt weights, you will need to write first attempts for each event on their weigh-in cards.  Attached is the Powerlifting Plan Template, it was shared with us from the State Powerlifting Director. It is a tool, not required. But is something you can pre-populate a plan with lifts, and serve as a guide for the event.

Powerlifting Rule Interpretations

Powerlifting Competition Plan Template Blank

Final Divisions

Final divisions will be posted after weigh-ins the morning of the event.

Weigh-Ins

Weigh-ins begin at 7:30 am and will conclude at 8:15 am.  Athletes who arrive after 8:15 am will be scratched from competition.  There is a significant amount of work that needs to be completed after weigh-ins and prior to lifting so please arrive as close to 7:30a as possible.  Weigh-ins will take place in the wrestling room off the main gym.

Flight Numbering System

On the schedule, you’ll notice that flights are not labeled as letters anymore but numbers.  The hope is that this will help any confusion between the weight class letter.  Flights are labeled as such “Flight 1-2”.  The 1st number is the platform athletes lift on and the 2nd number is the group of weight classes.

For example, Flight 1-2 will lift on platform 1 and in the 2nd group of weight classes (after 1-1).

Parking

Enter through Door 16a off of Commonwealth Ave and Spruce St.

Powerlifting Parking Map

Lunch

Lunch will be served to coaches and athletes for the event, using a 4:1 athlete to coach ratio.  They will be boxed up and ready for pick up at 11 am. Athletes are to eat lunch during their free time. We will not have a specified time for lunch.

Lunch is a subway turkey (or veggie upon request), chips and bottled water.

If you haven’t completed your lunch order, please do so by  Monday, March 23rd. Powerlifting Lunch Form Athletes with dietary restrictions, they should bring their own lunches.

Please share with parents that concessions will not be available. And that there will be Powerlifting Souvenir t-shirts for sale

Apr
25
Sat
Lewis University Plane Pull @ Lewis University Airport
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

Who Benefits

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.

 

Presenting Sponsors

        

Gold Sponsors

    

     

Apr
26
Sun
Region C Soccer Individual Skills @ Hinsdale South High School
Apr 26 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Region C Soccer Individual Skills @ Hinsdale South High School | Darien | Illinois | United States

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.

 

Region C Soccer Teams @ Hinsdale South High School
Apr 26 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Region C Soccer Teams @ Hinsdale South High School | Darien | Illinois | United States

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.

May
2
Sat
Region E Revenue Raffle Share
May 2 all-day
Region E Spring Games @ Thornwood High School
May 2 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
May
8
Fri
Region E Young Athletes Culminating Event @ Crete Monee Early Education Center
May 8 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
May
14
Thu
Region E Young Athletes Culminating Event @ SPEED
May 14 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
May
15
Fri
Region E Young Athletes Culminating Event @ Mokena Elementary School
May 15 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jun
6
Sat
Construction Team Picnic @ Allstate Campus
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Construction Team Picnic 3Join 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!

 

 

Jul
8
Wed
Region E Golf -9 Hole & Unified @ Chicago Heights East Golf Course
Jul 8 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jul
13
Mon
Region A Golf-Individual Skills @ Senica's Deer Park GC
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Region A Golf-Individual Skills @ Senica's Deer Park GC | Oglesby | Illinois | United States

Supporting Documents TBA

Jul
14
Tue
Region E Tennis @ BBCHS
Jul 14 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aug
1
Sat
LETR Days Sponsored By Schnucks @ Schnucks Stores Across Illinois
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm

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).

 

Event Times:

All participating departments are asked to staff a LETR table at the main entrance of their local Schnucks during the following business hours:

Friday: 4 PM – 8 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM

Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM

 

 

 

 

Aug
2
Sun
Region E Softball @ Inman Field
Aug 2 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aug
8
Sat
Region E Bowling-East @ Orland Bowl
Aug 8 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

Region E Sponsor

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