Special Olympics Family Festival

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 700 Special Olympians and some 1,400 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. 15, 2018 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-Illinois Bank & Trust and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System to serve on the planning committee for this popular community event.

How Can I Volunteer?

Volunteers must be 16 or older and must register as a volunteer prior to the event. Sign up to volunteer for SOFF 2017.

If you have any questions you can email SOFF@consolidated.com or call 800.434.SOFF.

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 Area 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 and 17 in Illinois are invited to participate.

If you want more information about registering an Athlete for SOFF, please contact Vanessa Duncan, Area 9 Director, Special Olympics Illinois.

Where can I get more information?

Stay in touch with SOFF by visiting our Facebook Page, emailing SOFF@consolidated.com or calling 800.434.SOFF.

SOFF Partners and Sponsors

WE HOPE you will consider joining us as a 2017 SOFF sponsor as we welcome more than 700 Special Olympics athletes to our 34th Annual Special Olympics Family Festival!

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SOFF Highlights

The spirit and
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