Region I

Region I provides programming for people in Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Logan, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and Vermilion 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 I Profile Sheet for more information.

Region I Coach Resources

Region I 2020 Calendar Of Events

Region I 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

2020 Region I Med App Deadlines

Region I Volunteer Resources:

2020 Volunteer Opps With Cervis Links

Region I Newsletters:

Region I Newsletter Jan. Mar. 2019

Region I Newsletter Apr. Jun 2019

Region I Newsletter Jul Sept 2019

Region I Contact Info

Keyes, Joanie

Joanie Keyes – Director
Phone: 217-428-9255

Jackie Mendoza – Assistant Director – Sports
Phone: 217-355-1750

Vanessa Duncan – Assistant Director – Development
Phone: 217-345-2424

Office Locations

1950 N. Water St.
Decatur, IL, 62526

902 N. Country Fair Dr. #7
Champaign, IL 61821

520 Jackson St.
Charleston, IL 61920


Volunteer Today
Region H Softball @ LLSC Complex
Jul 25 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Region J Golf @ Oak Brook Golf Course
Jul 31 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Region J Golf @ Oak Brook Golf Course | Edwardsville | 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.

Virtual Golf for Special Olympics Illinois Region I @ Anywhere You Would Like to Golf
Aug 1 @ 8:00 am – Aug 15 @ 5:00 pm

Special Olympics Illinois Region I is hosting its first ever Golf Outing where participants can golf at their favorite course and support the Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois!

WHEN: August 1st – August 15th, 2020. Golfers can complete their round of golf ANYTIME during this time frame.

WHERE: ANYWHERE! Golf at your local golf course, during your league time or another course you prefer.

WHO: All Golfers ANYWHERE! When registering, select your Men’s Division, Women’s Division, or Junior Division (both male and female under 18).

COST TO PLAY: $40.00 Registration Fee – Golfers will receive a mailed Golfer Gift envelope with Free Drink, Food, & Entertainment Coupons. *some golf courses may require you to pay a fee, this is not covered in the registration fee*

PRIZES TO WIN: Each Golfer completes a Score Card and a “Sunk my Shot” Card to tally entries for prizes, including Golf Merchandise, Gift Certificates, and MORE!

“Sink Your Shot” – Download & Print Card for you to keep track on the course!

Once you complete your round, take a picture of the scorecard and “Sunk my Shot” Card and text to Vanessa Duncan, 217-345-2424, or email to

PLAY 50/50 RAFFLE: Raffle tickets can be purchased during registration.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Monday, August 17th, the “Sunk my Shot” prize winners for each division, along with 50/50 Raffle tickets, will be drawn on Facebook Live at NOON.


2020 Virtual Golf Flyer



Region I MATP @ Macon Resources
Aug 7 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Stone Creek Golf Outing @ Stone Creek Golf Club
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Region I MATP @ Christian County Mental Health
Aug 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
LETR Days Sponsored By Schnucks @ Schnucks Stores Across Illinois
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am – Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm

LETR Days Sponsored By Schnucks

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is excited to team up with Schnucks Grocery chain to raise funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. During this event, law enforcement officers and volunteers will staff merchandise tables near the main entrance of their local Schnucks store.  Volunteers will sell LETR merchandise, raffle tickets and collect general donations all to benefit the 23,000 traditional Special Olympics athletes and nearly 13,000 Young Athletes (ages 2-7).


Request Your Location

All departments interested in hosting a LETR Days event at their local Schnucks must complete the below form by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 7.


Event Dates/Times:

All participating departments can select which weekend between August 21 and September 6 to host their event.  Tables should be staffed with a maximum of two volunteers (18+) during the times below:

  • Friday: 4 PM – 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM


Click Here to Fill Out Request Form

Schnucks Location Request Form



Additional Resources:

2020 LETR Days Handbook

Schnucks Eligible Stores Locations 7.9.2020





Lake Sara Dam Run @ Lake Sara
Aug 29 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lake Sara Dam Run @ Lake Sara | Effingham | Illinois | United States


For more information, please view Lake Sara Dam Run Flyer.

Region I Bowling @ Western Bowl & Arrowhead Lanes
Aug 29 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Region I Bowling @ Western Bowl & Arrowhead Lanes
Aug 30 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Region H Volleyball-Individual Skills @ Springfield YMCA
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Region I Special Olympics Family Festival @ Lake Land College
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Region I Volleyball @ Richard Workman Sports Complex
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Taste of Something Special @ The Walkway
Oct 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The 11th Annual Taste of Something Special, a wine/beer tasting and auction event, to benefit Special Olympics Illinois Region I, is just what adults need to get out for an evening and enjoy raising funds for an amazing cause. The WalkWay in Mattoon will host the 11th Annual TOSS on Thursday, October 8th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and you don’t want to miss out on the fun!

Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door.

To purchase tickets in advance, contact Vanessa Duncan at 217-345-2424.



2020 Taste of Something Special Flyer

Region G Sectional Bowling (East Central) @ Landmark Lanes
Oct 10 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Region I Bocce @ Mattoon Sports Complex
Nov 7 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Region I Special Glow Bingo @ Knights of Columbus Hall
Nov 12 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm