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Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games

Date & Time
Friday, June 10, 2016 - Sunday, June 12, 2016
All Day
Cost
free
Location
W College Avenue, Normal, Illinois, 61761
Phone
309-888-2551
Summer Games is Special Olympics Illinois premiere sports competition with more than 4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,000 volunteers and 3,300 family members. That totals almost 11,000 people who attend Summer Games annually! The Summer Games are held at Illinois State University in Normal and Normal Community West High School in Normal. A variety of activities are provided for the participants in addition to the sports competitions.

Venues

Aquatics – Normal Community West High School, Normal
Athletics (track & field) – ISU Track
Bocce – ISU’s Soccer Stadium
Gymnastics – Horton Field House and Horton South Gym – ISU
Powerlifting – Kingsley Junior High School
Soccer – Hancock Stadium – ISU
Healthy Athletes – Redbird Arena – ISU

Competition

Competition will be offered in athletics, aquatics, bocce, Unified bocce, gymnastics, football (soccer) and powerlifting. Athletes can not participate in more than one sport. Athletes registered in bocce may only compete in traditional bocce or Unified bocce (not both) and athletes registered for gymnastics may only compete in artistic or rhythmic (not both).

The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games.

Volunteer

We have many volunteer opportunities available during Summer Games and need the help of over 2,000 volunteers to help make this event a success. We are using online registration to help streamline this process for everyone involved. The weekend is split into morning and afternoon shifts for both Friday and Saturday and morning shifts for Sunday. We also have volunteer opportunities available at the SOILL office Monday-Wednesday the week of Summer Games. Volunteers are an essential piece of our event’s success and we are in need of volunteers “behind-the-scenes” prior to the event dates to help with prep work in our office.

Volunteer registration is open at https://www.soill.org/event/summer-games – you can select the the day/time in which you are interested in volunteering. If you have used the online system before, you just need to sign in and select the job and shift you are interested in. If you have not used our system before, it will ask you to answer a few questions to create your profile before you can select your job and shift. If you have any questions, please contact Aubrey Deerwester or Carolyn Klocek at 309-888-2551.

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Hancock Stadium. In true pomp and ceremony during the Parade of Athletes representatives from the agencies (selected athletes and coaches) parade into the stadium in the best of Olympic tradition. Then please remove your caps and place your hands over your hearts for the National Anthem. Finally, to top off this spectacular event, is the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run where the officers will hand off the torch to athletes who will carry it along it’s final route and light the cauldron holding the Flame of Hope to kick off the Games!

Victory Dance

The Victory Dance will be held in Uptown Normal from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, June 11. The dance gives the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois a chance to celebrate their accomplishments and to socialize with others from around the state in addition to members of the community. Old friends will catch up and new friends will be made. The smiles and joy of the athletes are a testament to how Special Olympics Illinois helps transform lives.