Welcome to Special Olympics Illinois!

You are about to become part of an exciting training and competition program and will serve an integral role in transforming the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics participation encompasses over 19 official sports, fundraising events, event committees, coaching opportunities, Young Athletes sports play programs and community initiatives – truly a spectrum of choices! So let’s get started!

Read more about our Volunteer Opportunities.

How to Get Involved as a Volunteer

There are two easy ways you can sign up to be a volunteer with Special Olympics Illinois!

  1. Sign up as a general volunteer (you will only be contacted when we have volunteer positions open matching your interests or location). If you have any questions please contact Aubrey Deerwester.
  2. Look through our calendar of events and sign up now for an event in your area


Volunteers are the core of the Special Olympics program and we could not exist today without the time, energy, education and commitment of our volunteers. Special Olympics Illinois relies on people of all ages to help in every aspect of the program – both at the local and state level.

It’s pretty great when we can have fun and bring something as great as this to so many people who deserve it.  This was my second year and I’ll be back.
-Jerry Arntzen

Anyone 10 years or older can be a general Special Olympics volunteer and coaches must be at least 14 years of age or older. For more information about coaching, see the Coaches section of the website.

Volunteer Information

Once you sign up as a volunteer you will be a representative of Special Olympics Illinois and as such we ask that you read and follow our Volunteer Code of Conduct.

If you have additional questions on Special Olympics Illinois and volunteering please email Aubrey Deerwester, you can also contact her by phone at 309-888-2551 or 1-800-394-0562.

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Transforming Lives

Illinois Eric Baumann

Athlete: Change Can Be Scary, But Brings Rewards

By Eric Baumann of Vienna. A Special Olympics Illinois athlete and member of Board of Directors, Eric spoke to SOILL staff and board members at a meeting on Oct. 5, 2016 “I’ve ...

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Inspire Greatness Gala to Feature Athlete John Henley, Family

On Oct. 22, hundreds will gather at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park for the 9th Annual Inspire Greatness Gala to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. These guests will hear from featured ...

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Pumpkin Pedal Becomes Personal for Rider

On Sunday, Oct. 2, hundreds of bicyclists participated in the 25th Annual Pumpkin Pedal Bike Tour to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. This ride brought out serious riders and families alike. This year’s event saw ...

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Team Finds It Has the Right Stuff for Southern Illinois Plane Pull

On Sept. 24, the Law Enforcement Torch Run partnered with Southern Illinois University’s School of Aviation to present the inaugural Southern Illinois Plane Pull hosted at the Southern Illinois Airport ...

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Aon Hewitt CEO to Chair Inspire Greatness Gala

Special Olympics Illinois is pleased to introduce Kristi Savacool, Chief Executive Officer of Aon Hewitt, as the Chair of the 2016 Inspire Greatness Gala. Aon Hewitt serves more than 20,000 clients ...

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2 Illinois Softball Teams Compete at SONA Invitational Tournament

Special Olympics Illinois was represented by 26 athletes and Unified partners on two softball teams at the 2016 Special Olympics North America Softball Invitational Tournament Aug. 18-21 in Roanoke, Va. Representing ...

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Revamped Format for Golf Venue at Outdoor Sports Festival

Special Olympics Illinois has formed a Golf Sports Management Team in order to enhance the golf venue at the Outdoor Sports Festival. After considering how to improve the flow of ...

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