About the Gators

Gator Athletics gives NSSRA’s athletes the experience of competing against other individuals of similar abilities from nearby communities.

Gator programs are competitive, and athletes must follow sports rules, 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.

Additionally, Gator Athletics provides an opportunity for athletes to learn and practice sport skills, and to develop teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, and socialization.

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 Illinois

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympics Illinois, part of the global Special Olympics family, has grown to provide opportunities for over 20,000 Illinois athletes with disabilities in all 102 counties.

The NSSRA Gators are a Region B team within Special Olympics Illinios

For more information about Special Olympics Illinois visit www.soill.org.