Region K provides programming for people in Alexander, Clay, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White and Williamson 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.
Rhonda Knight – Director
Shane Bennett – Assistant Director
Jackie Flechs – Manager – Sports
P.O. Box 320
Norris City, IL 62869
1740 Innovation Dr. Box 23
Carbondale, IL 62903
What is the Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash?
The Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash at the Du Quoin State Fair is a signature fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois. On September 2, 2018 thousands of spectators will watch 5,000+ Ducks splash into the lake behind the Exhibition Hall on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds and race towards the finish line.
Race Day kicks off at 1:00pm with a parade! The ducks race at 3:00pm, followed by entertainment for the entire family – live music, face painting, games, and an appearance by Splash, the Duck.
How do I adopt a duck?Adopt a Duck Now!
You can Adopt a duck for only $5. Get more chances to win by purchasing a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) or Ducky Derby Donor (60 ducks for $250)!
*Are you adopting a duck on behalf of a friend, co-worker or family member affiliated with a Sales Team? If so, be sure to select the team you want to get credit for your adoption. Click on a team member name to give credit to a specific person.
What if my Duck Wins?
You could be the winner of one of our great prizes!
- Grand Prize: $2,000 CASH. Courtesy of Country Financial.
- 2nd Prize: Three night all-inclusive trip to Riu Playacar in Riviera Maya, Mexico for two adults departing from St. Louis. Winner must be at least 21 years old or traveling with a legal guardian. Courtesy of Apple Vacations, America’s Favorite Vacation Company and Riu Hotels and Resorts.
- 3rd Prize: Your house will be the place to be with a brand new handcrafted wooden Pub Table Top with four chairs, a Coca-Cola umbrella for the table, handcrafted side by side wooden chairs with cushions and a cornhole set!
- 4th Prize: Two tickets to the NASCAR Cup Race. Courtesy of Chicagoland Speedway.