Gator Athletics (Special Olympics)

Participants competing on Gator teams are active in Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section competitions and Special Olympics Illinois games. Gator Athletics gives NSSRA’s athletes the experience of competing against other individuals of similar abilities from nearby communities. These programs are competitive, and athletes must follow sports rules and etiquette and coach direction at practices and competitions. Gator Athletics runs on a different schedule than NSSRA traditional programs to meet deadlines established by Special Olympics Illinois.

Athletes need to attend and participate in all practices, games, and tournaments. Athletes attending any tournament with NSSRA are required to register for this additional program with no extra cost. Registration materials will be sent home during the program and must be turned in by the deadline printed on the registration form. Registrations are a commitment that the athlete will participate in both practices and tournaments.

Summer Gator Athletic Programs

Day Program Time Dates Age
Monday Gator Bowling 6:30 – 8:30 pm June 13 – August 1 8 and up More Info
Tuesday Gator Volleyball 6:30 – 8:00 pm August 2 – September 27 16 and up More Info
Wednesday Gator Bocce 5:30 – 6:30 pm August 3 – September 28 16 and up More Info

How to Register

Registration Dates

  • Registration Dates: May 2 – May 13
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, May 13 at noon

NSSRA offers ten Gator Athletics programs

  • Basketball (Fall/Winter)
  • Bocce (Fall/Spring)
  • Bowling (All Seasons)
  • Golf (Summer)
  • Powerlifting (Winter/Spring)
  • Softball (Summer)
  • Swimming (Winter/Spring)
  • Tennis (Summer)
  • Track & Field (Spring)
  • Volleyball (Fall)

Special Olympics Forms English

Special Olympics Forms Spanish/Español

For more information or with questions, contact Recreation Specialist Dylan Sams at (847) 509-9400 x6833 or

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