Gator Athletics (Special Olympics)

Summer Session III In-Person Programs

  • Registration Begins: Monday, June 28 at 9:00 am
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, July 9 at 12:00 pm
  • Program Dates: August 9 – August 29
Day Program Time Age
Monday Gator Bocce 6:30 – 7:30 pm 12 and up Register
Tuesday Gator Volleyball – Register by July 2 6:30 – 8:00 pm 16 and up Register
Wednesday Gator Golf 5:30 -6:30 pm 12 and up Register


If you’re itching to make your mark on the court, in the pool, or on the field, Gator Athletics is your chance. Gator Athletics programs are competitive, and athletes must follow sport rules and etiquette as well as coach direction at practices and competitions. 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. Gator Athletics run on a different schedule than NSSRA traditional programs in order to meet deadlines established by Special Olympics Illinois.

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)

Gator Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball are team sports and require participants to be a minimum of 16 years old to play. All other Gator Athletics programs are considered individual sports for children, teens and adults, but Gator Bocce athletes must be at least 16 years old to participate and Gator Powerlifting is only available to participants 21 and up. Participants ages 8 and up are eligible for Gator Bowling, Golf, Swimming, Tennis and Track & Field.

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 dsams@nssra.org.


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