Each September, Consolidated Communications employees, family members and community volunteers host the Special Olympics Family Festival (SOFF) for Illinois Special Olympian Athletes from east central Illinois. It’s an exciting day filled with fun, food, music, entertainment and noncompetitive games on the grounds of Lake Land College. Every participant truly emerges a winner!

From its beginnings with just a few hundred Special Olympian Athletes and volunteers, SOFF now attracts nearly 600 Special Olympians and some 1,200 or more volunteers who run the games, serve lunch or act as Friends-for-a-Day for the Special Olympian Athletes.

When is the Next SOFF Event?

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Mattoon, Illinois! Details will be posted on our website when they are available.

When Did SOFF Begin?

SOFF began in 1984 in Mattoon, Illinois as an effort to develop a program to involve Consolidated Communications employees in the community. Today, Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C. calls it the “biggest event of its kind in the world." As the event has grown, Consolidated Communications invited representatives from First Mid Bank & Trust and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System to serve on the planning committee for this popular community event.

How Can I Volunteer?

Volunteer registration will open in June 2020.

Volunteers must be 15 or older to be a general volunteer and 16 or older to be a Friend-For-A-Day.

If you have any questions you can email SOFF@consolidated.com.

How can I register an Athlete?

Guests at the Special Olympics Family Festival must be registered Special Olympics Athletes with valid medical applications on file with Special Olympics Illinois. Athletes from Regions H, I, J and K in Illinois are invited to participate.

If you want more information about registering an Athlete for SOFF, please contact Vanessa Duncan, Region I Assistant Director - Development, Special Olympics Illinois.

Where can I get more information?

Stay in touch with SOFF by visiting our Facebook Page, emailing SOFF@consolidated.com, follow us on Twitter @mySOFFtweets and Instagram @mySOFFsnaps.

SOFF Partners and Sponsors

We are thankful for our sponsors of our 2019 event. Information about sponsoring our 2020 event will be available in March 2020.

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SOFF Highlights

The spirit and
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caring for others