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?

SOFF 2021 will be a virtual event available on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. CT. 

Please go ahead and mark your calendars for SOFF 2022 on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.

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?

SOFF 2021 will be a virtual event. We hope our dedicated volunteers will join us in 2022 when SOFF returns to the campus of Lake Land College. 

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

How can I register an Athlete?

Registration for SOFF 2021 is closed, but everyone is invited to watch the virtual presentation on Saturday, Sept. 18.

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 future SOFF events, 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 2021 event. Click to see our generous sponsors and contributors.

SOFF Highlights

The spirit and
tradition of
caring for others