Special Olympics

NISRA provides Special Olympics training programs in numerous sports for children ages 8 & older, and adults with intellectual disabilities. 

NISRA partners with Special Olympics Illinois to provide the Young Athletes program for individuals from ages 2-7. Individual athletes and teams compete locally, and in Special Olympics Illinois competition at the Area, District, State, National, & International levels.


Special Olympics Illinois logo
NISRA Knights mascot logo

Special Olympics Illinois changed its eligibility forms and requirements, effective August 1, 2021. Beginning in 2022, NISRA Special Olympics athletes will need to purchase uniforms.

Please click here for the 2021 – 2022 Special Olympics forms, requirements and uniform updates.
Please click here to go to the Dates and Forms page of our NISRA website to obtain the forms.

Sports provided by NISRA

NISRA provides the following Special Olympics Sports:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Aquatics
  • Basketball
  • Bocce Ball
  • Bowling
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey – NEW to Summer 2022!
  • Golf
  • Powerlifting
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Snowshoeing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Unified Golf
  • Volleyball
  • Young Athletes


Please contact Emily Eliscu, NISRA’s Manager of Special Olympics at [email protected] or 815-459-0737, ext. 226.