Event Schedule

Below, please find the schedule of events for the week of Virtual Summer Games. Please click on each day to see what activities are being offered, the details about what each event will entail, and participation information. 

Please note, some events do require preregistration or have a deadline to sign up, so read each description carefully so you can make the most of your Virtual Summer Games week.  

Monday

Daily Activities:
Five Minute Mid-Day Motion
Mindful Yoga
Cruising with Athlete Leaders: How to Make a Travel Video 101
Rocket League Unified Duos Tournament

11:55 AM CT : Five Minute Mid-Day Motion

Sign up to move with us today (and each day this week) for a mid-day motion break. You will join us on Zoom at 11:55 AM, where we will host a quick, focused movement session sure to leave you ready to tackle the rest of your day’s agenda.  

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Please note, you only need to register once to join us for each day’s session.    

2:00 PM CT: Mindful Yoga   

This is an all-levels yoga class featuring instruction from Special Olympics parent and volunteer Crystalyn Huegen. The focus will be on gentle postures and mindful meditation, helping participants be in the present moment.  

How to Participate 
To join the Zoom call directly, we ask that you please register in advance for this meeting here. Registration will close at the start of the event. You can also follow along LIVE on the Special Olympics Illinois Facebook page.  

6:00 PM: Cruising with Athlete Leaders: How to Make a Travel Video 101 

Travel with Athlete Leadership on a fun, engaging virtual road trip of activities and events that lead to Summer Games. Over the course of the week, athletes will have opportunities to participate in multiple events centered on a road trip.  

Monday’s edition will teach participants how to edit a short video on a smartphone in iMovie or a similar program. 

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Registration will close at the start of the event. 

You can also follow along LIVE on the Special Olympics Illinois Families Facebook page!    

6:00 PM CT: Rocket League Unified Duos Tournament  

Soccer. Rocket-fueled vehicles. It all leads to high-flying, nail biting action during our Virtual Summer Games eSports tournament. Check out the latest program from Special Olympics Illinois. Unified pairs will team up to play Rocket League throughout the week in hopes to appear in the finals on Friday – and to take home the title!  

How to Participate 
To register as a player, click here, as well as join the eSports Discord. Registration will close on Monday, June 21 at 4:00 PM CT. To follow the action of each night’s matchups, you can watch on our Twitch channel

Tuesday

Daily Activities:
Five Minute Mid-Day Motion
Coaches Corner: Understanding Consistent Top Performance
Workout with Gallagher!
Tooty Ta Video
Cruising with Athlete Leaders: Road to Athlete Leadership Game Night
Rocket League Unified Duos Tournament

11:55 AM CT: Five Minute Mid-Day Motion

Sign up to move with us today (and each day this week) for a mid-day motion break. You will join us on Zoom at 11:55 AM, where we will host a quick, focused movement session sure to leave you ready to tackle the rest of your day’s agenda.  

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Please note, you only need to register once to join us for each day’s session. Registration will close each day at the start of the event. 

12:00 PM CT: Coaches Corner: Understanding Consistent Top Performance 

Join Dr. Kraus from the Center for Sports Psychology, as she leads a discussion around how to get the best out of your athletes day after day. The hour will focus on three aspects of consistent top performance: peak performance perspective, neuroscience perspective, and tools/techniques perspective. Coaches will walk away with practical tools and techniques to take back to their teams. 

Dr. Kraus is president of the Center for Sports Psychology in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Center specializes in helping individuals and teams to develop mental strategies that lead to a consistent peak performance. Olympic, Paralympic, World champion athletes and coaches along with collegiate athletic teams, club teams and parents of athletes have used these strategies to successfully manage performance under pressure in their competitive and non-competitive life. 

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Registration will close at the start of the event. 

1:00 PM CT:  Workout with Gallagher!

Join Gallagher, one of our Virtual Summer Games sponsors, as they share details on our partnership, followed by a 30-minute, low-impact cardio workout. Athletes, partners, coaches, family members and friends of all abilities are welcome. The workout will feature a warm up, exercise circuit, cool down and stretching. Modifications of all exercises will be shown. Be sure to have your sneakers laced up and a water bottle ready to go.

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Registration will close at the start of the event. 

2:00 PM CT: Tooty Ta Video 

One of our favorite Summer Games traditions brings together our Young Athletes with participating LETR groups to dance and sing together, performing the silly Tooty Ta song. Since we could not be there together, we went virtual. Tune in to see the fun results.  

How to Participate 
This video will be posted at this time, so we encourage you to bring your dancing shoes and get ready to laugh and move with those in the video. 

6:00 PM CT: Cruising with Athlete Leaders: Road to Athlete Leadership Game Night 

Travel with Athlete Leadership on a fun, engaging virtual road trip of activities and events that lead to Summer Games. Over the course of the week, athletes will have opportunities to participate in multiple events centered on a road trip.  

Tuesday’s edition will feature a fun Game Night for some social interaction and a little competition. 

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Registration will close at the start of the event. 

You can also follow along LIVE on the Special Olympics Illinois Families Facebook page!    

6:00 PM CT: Rocket League Unified Duos Tournament 

Soccer. Rocket-fueled vehicles. It all leads to high-flying, nail biting action during our Virtual Summer Games eSports tournament. Check out the latest program from Special Olympics Illinois. Unified pairs will team up to play Rocket League throughout the week in hopes to appear in the finals on Friday – and to take home the title!  

How to Participate 
To register as a player, click here, as well as join the eSports Discord. Registration will close on Monday, June 21 at 4:00 PM CT. To follow the action of each night’s matchups, you can watch on our Twitch channel.   

Wednesday

Daily Activities:
Five Minute Mid-Day Motion
Athlete Lunch & Learn: Summer Savvy Hydration & Sun Safety
Cruising with Athlete Leaders: My Rockin’ Road Trip, Part One
SOILL vs SOKY: Rocket League Border Battle

11:55 AM CT: Five Minute Mid-Day Motion  

Sign up to move with us today (and each day this week) for a mid-day motion break. You will join us on Zoom at 11:55 AM, where we will host a quick, focused movement session sure to leave you ready to tackle the rest of your day’s agenda.  

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Please note, you only need to register once to join us for each day’s session. Registration will close each day at the start of the event. 

12:00 PM CT: Athlete Lunch & Learn: Summer Savvy Hydration & Sun Safety  

As our popular Lunch & Learn series continues, grab your meal and join us! Health Messengers will educate the group on easy (and tasty!) ways to stay hydrated and share tips on how best to stay safe in the summer heat and sun.   

How to Participate  
Register in advance for this meeting here. Registration will close at the start of the event. 

6:00 PM CT: Cruising with Athlete Leaders: My Rockin’ Road Trip, Part One 

Travel with Athlete Leadership on a fun, engaging virtual road trip of activities and events that lead to Summer Games. Over the course of the week, athletes will have opportunities to participate in multiple events centered on a road trip.  

Wednesday will be My Rockin’ Road Trip, Part One (of two), where athletes will begin to build a memory book via Google Slides. Participants will work in small groups to research and prepare for their trip with the destination of Summer Games. They will plan out a visit to two Illinois attractions, pit stops during their trip, songs and games to will play along the way, and much more.   

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Registration will close at the start of the event. Please note, it is recommended that attendees plan to participate in both Part One (Wednesday at 6:00 PM) and Part Two (Thursday at 6:00 PM). Registration only needs to be completed one time for both parts.  

6:00 PM CT: SOILL vs SOKY: Rocket League Border Battle 

In the cross-state Rocket League throw down of the summer, Special Olympics Illinois gamers will face off against their counterparts from Special Olympics Kentucky to see which team can blast off farther than all others to wear the Rocket League crown.  

How to Participate 
To follow the high-flying, goal-scoring action of tonight’s battle, you can watch on our Twitch channel. Players for this event were prequalified from a previous event. 

Thursday

Daily Activities:
Five Minute Mid-Day Motion
Rocket League Unified Duos Tournament
Cruising with Athlete Leaders: My Rockin’ Road Trip, Part 2
Craft Night

11:55 AM CT: Five Minute Mid-Day Motion  

Sign up to move with us today (and each day this week) for a mid-day motion break. You will join us on Zoom at 11:55 AM, where we will host a quick, focused movement session sure to leave you ready to tackle the rest of your day’s agenda.  

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Please note, you only need to register once to join us for each day’s session. Registration will close each day at the start of the event. 

6:00 PM CT: Rocket League Unified Duos Tournament  

Soccer. Rocket-fueled vehicles. It all leads to high-flying, nail biting action during our Virtual Summer Games eSports tournament. Check out the latest program from Special Olympics Illinois. Unified pairs will team up to play Rocket League throughout the week in hopes to appear in the finals on Friday – and to take home the title!  

How to Participate 
To register as a player, click here, as well as join the eSports Discord. Registration will close on Monday, June 21 at 4:00 PM CT. To follow the action of each night’s matchups, you can watch on our Twitch channel

6:00 PM CT: Cruising with Athlete Leaders: My Rockin’ Road Trip, Part 2 

Travel with Athlete Leadership on a fun, engaging virtual road trip of activities and events that lead to Summer Games. Over the course of the week, athletes will have opportunities to participate in multiple events centered on a road trip.  

Thursday will be My Rockin’ Road Trip Part Two (of two), where athletes will present, in groups, groups will present the trip they planned in My Rockin’ Road Trip, Part One.  

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Registration will close at the start of the event. Please note, it is recommended that attendees plan to participate in both Part One (Wednesday at 6:00 PM) and Part Two (Thursday at 6:00 PM). Registration only needs to be completed one time for both parts. You can also follow along LIVE on the Special Olympics Illinois Facebook page to watch the presentations. 

You can also follow along LIVE on the Special Olympics Illinois Families Facebook page!    

7:00 PM CT: Craft Night 

It’s time to get crafty with Courage & Grace. In the spirit of the ever-popular paint nights, we invite you to spend an hour with us for the virtual edition. Be ready to channel your inner artist as you create a SOILL-themed home decoration.   

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this event. Please note, you will order your craft kit online and the package will contain information on how to log on the evening of the event. The first 500 registrants are guaranteed a free craft item to paint. After those spaces have been filled, others may complete the form to purchase a craft kit. Registration will close on Sunday, June 20 at 8:00 PM CT in order to ensure receipt of the craft kits. You can also follow along LIVE on the Special Olympics Illinois Facebook page.

Friday

Daily Activities:
Virtual Wave Cheer
Five Minute Mid-Day Motion
Family Fun Night
Rocket League Unified Duos Tournament Finals

10:00 AM CT: Virtual Wave Cheer   

Did you hear that? It is the SOILL spirit being shouted loud and proud across the state. The Virtual Wave is a collaboration of groups from the SOILL community doing a cheer to spread the SOILL spirit. Tune into the Special Olympics Illinois and Unified Champion Schools social channels at this time to see what we have in store.  

How to Participate 
Want to show your spirit as well? You can make your own video as an individual, team, or group and share it with us on social media. Just post it on your preferred channel after you view our video and tag Special Olympics Illinois and Unified Champion Schools. Don’t forget to use hashtag #SOILLSummerGames.  

11:55 AM CT: Five Minute Mid-Day Motion  

Sign up to move with us today (and each day this week) for a mid-day motion break. You will join us on Zoom at 11:55 AM, where we will host a quick, focused movement session sure to leave you ready to tackle the rest of your day’s agenda. Registration will close each day at the start of the event. 

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Please note, you only need to register once to join us for each day’s session. Registration will close each day at the start of the event. 

5:00 PM CT: Family Fun Night  

Come on get happy with SOILL! We’ll start off with teaching you how to make two cocktails and two mock-tails (a non-alcoholic cocktail). From there, SOILL staff member Amanda will instruct everyone on how to create a charcuterie board filled with meat and cheeses to snack on. Finally, we’ll end the hour with a family-friendly comedy performance from Sid Davis.

Sid’s humor is fueled with relatable topics that are hilarious for all ages and feature his very patient, school-teacher wife, his two kids, and an interesting life held together with his wavering ego. His start in the comedy business was delayed by a medical condition. When he finally arrived near the age of 50, he immediately impressed several A-list comics who mentored him. You can read Sid’s full bio here.

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Prior to the event, SOILL will provide a list of items to purchase ahead of time to join in the fun. Registration will close Wednesday, June 23 at 5:00 PM CT to ensure proper time for preparation. You can also follow along LIVE on the Special Olympics Illinois Facebook page.  

6:00 PM CT: Rocket League Unified Duos Tournament Finals 

Soccer. Rocket-fueled vehicles. It all leads to high-flying, nail biting action during our Virtual Summer Games eSports tournament. Check out the latest program from Special Olympics Illinois. Unified pairs will team up to play Rocket League throughout the week in hopes to appear in the finals on Friday – and to take home the title!  

How to Participate 
To register as a player, click here, as well as join the eSports Discord. Registration will close on Monday, June 21 at 4:00 PM CT. To follow the action of each night’s matchups, you can watch on our Twitch channel

Saturday

Daily Activities:
Weekend Walk with SOILL
2021 Summer Games: Virtual Celebration
BINGO Night

9:30 AM CT: Weekend Walk with SOILL  

Close out Summer Games week by participating in our weekend walk!  Near, far, wherever you are . . . hop on zoom, enjoy our playlist and walk it out with us!   

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Registration will close at the start of the event.    

6:30 PM CT: 2021 Summer Games: Virtual Celebration 

Special Olympics Illinois is proud to host the 2021 Virtual Summer Games online June 21-26. Activities are being planned daily for SOILL athletes, coaches, volunteers, and other members of our community to enjoy. Then, join us on Saturday, June 26 at 6:30 PM CT for the main event — the 2021 Summer Games: Virtual Celebration!  

How to Participate 
Watch it live on our Facebook pageTwitch channel, or on our website. To participate, just tune in at 6:30 PM CT. 

7:45 PM CT: BINGO Night 

It’s bingo night with all your favorite SOILL friends and families! Join us for three rounds of Special Olympics-themed bingo after the 2021 Summer Games: Virtual Celebration. All members of the SOILL community are invited to participate.  

How to Participate 
Register in advance for this meeting here. Registration will close Wednesday, June 23 at 5:00 PM to ensure for proper material preparation and distribution. All registered participants will receive additional information once the registration is submitted.  

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