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?

We're looking forward to bringing SOFF back in 2022! Join us for Episode XXXIX: The Return of SOFF on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 on the grounds of Lake Land College, Mattoon, Ill.

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.

Eastern Illinois University (EIU) Volunteer or Friend-For-A-Day

We need volunteers to be a “Friend-For-A-Day” at Lake Land College from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, September 17, 2022
Volunteer registration forms are available in 1212 Buzzard Hall and must be returned no later than Monday, September 12.

Volunteer Meeting: Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 6 p.m. in the Buzzard Auditorium.

Lake Land College (LLC) Volunteer or Friend-For-A-Day

We need volunteers to be a “Friend-For-A-Day” at Lake Land College from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, September 17, 2022
Volunteer registration forms are available in the Student Life Office and must be returned no later than Monday, September 12.

Volunteer Meeting: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 2:30 p.m. in the theater of the Luther Student Center.

How Can I Volunteer?

We need your help to make SOFF 2022 a success for our Special Olympics athlete guests! At SOFF we have a job for everyone, whether you want to help with our games and activities, dress as a costumed character or help with registration. However, we feel the most rewarding job as SOFF is volunteering as a Friend-For-A-Day. That's right - all you need to do is  be a friend to an athlete and escort them through the tent city of games and activities and just have fun!

You can go here to sign up!

If you have any questions, please email SOFF@consolidated.com.

How can I register an Athlete?

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

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.

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.

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