The Belvidere Park District (BPD) Special Recreation participates in Special Olympics region and state competitions. Prior to competitions, athletes practice weekly at a BPD location for a minimum of 8 weeks per sport season. The BPD offers sports participation in the following ten sports: Swimming, Bocce, Track & Field, Golf Skills, Softball, Bowling, Flag Football, Volleyball, Basketball, and Snowshoe.

If you have questions about Special Olympics programming, contact Gina Ruvalcaba, Special Olympics Athletic Director (SOAD), at 815-547-5711 x602 or

Click here for the 2023 – 2024 Athlete/Parent Handbook.


Special Olympics (SO) training and competition is open to every person with intellectual disabilities, 8 years and older.  All athletes must have the following completed before participation:

  • Current SO Athlete Consent Form. This form only needs to be completed one time for the duration of participation, unless guardianship changes.
  • Current Athlete Medical Form on file with SO Illinois and the Belvidere Park District. This document is completed by an athlete/guardian and doctor every 3 years.  This document must be current through the state level of competition for each sport, prior to registration.
  • Complete ePACT – personal information on athlete and required by BPD Special Recreation. Once registered for a sport, you will automatically receive an email with an invitation to edit the information on ePACT.
  • Attend the annual Athlete/Parent Meeting each year, as it will include pertinent information for the upcoming season. If you are not able to attend, you must contact the SOAD.  2024 Parent Meeting Date:  September 10, 2024 – 6:15 – 7:15pm at the Special Recreation Facility, 6581 Revlon Dr.

Click on preferred language for a digital copy of the Consent Form (English) (Spanish) and/or Athlete Medical Form (English) (Spanish).

To determine if an Athlete Medical Form is current:

Current SPECIAL OLYMPICS Sports & Activities



Athletes will practice basic footall skills in anticipation of the Region A tournament on September 28th. Please remember to bring a mouth guard and water bottle. Non-metal cleats are recommended, but not required. Dress weather-appropriate. (GR) Min/Max: 8/12 Location: Sundstrand Park • Transportation:
NONE; provide to/from games & tournament • Register by: 7/30

Code Age R/NR Fee Date Time Day
209511-01 8+ $60* 8/7-9/25 6-7 PM WED



Athletes will participate in the traditional competition. Practices will focus on the basic volleyball skills and sportsmanship. The team will participate in the Special Olympics Region E Volleyball tournament on September 22nd. Gold Medal teams will advance to Fall Games on October 26th & 27th.(GR) Min/Max: 8/12 • Location: Rivers Edge Recreation Center • Transportation: NONE; provide to/from games & tournament Register by: 7/22

Code Age R/NR Fee Date Time Day
209501-01 8+ $60* 8/30-9/17 6-7 PM TUE



It’s time to roll some strikes! Join your teammates to prepare for the 2024 Region A tournament on August 17th & 18th! Fee includes shoes, three games of bowling, individual instruction; as needed, and transportation to/from tournaments and practices. Bowlers are placed on lanes by age and ability. No practice on 7/4. (GR) Min/Max: 6/25 • Location: Cherry Bowl • Transportation: Depart/Return Special Recreation Facility • Register by: 6/17

Code Age R/NR Fee Date Time Day
209500-01 8+ $110* 6/20-8/15 6-9 PM THUR


Golf Skills

Get ready and grab your golf clubs, we are so excited to be bringing golf back this season! Athletes will participate in the SO Individual Skills Tournament on 7/15. Athletes will need to bring their own clubs – if unable, please contact Gina. (GR) Transportation: NONE; provide to/from games & tournament • Register by: 5/13

Code Age R/NR Fee Date Time Day
209503-01 8+ $60* 5/21-7/9 5-6 PM TUE



Join us this summer for Special Olympics Softball! The team is for individuals who have mastered the basic skills of the sport such as hitting, throwing, and catching. Athletes must bring a softball glove & water bottle to each practice or game. Slow Pitch Teams will compete locally in games against other Region
A teams. More information will be distributed the first night of practice. Individual skills is for those developing skills or are just beginning to learn the sport. The SO Regional Tournament will be on July 28th. All gold medal winners will advance to a state level competition held on September 7th and 8th. (GR) Min/Max: 12/18 • Location: Sundstrand Park • Transportation: NONE; provide to/from games & tournament • Register by: 5/27

Code Option Age R/NR Fee Date Time Day
209506-01 Team 8+ $60* 6/4-7/23 6-7:30 PM TUE
209506-02 Individual Skills 8+ $60* 6/4-7/23 6-7 PM TUE


*SPECIAL OLYMPICS STATEMENT – The fee for participating in Special Olympics Track & Field and Softball is charged by the Belvidere Park District to help offset the expenses related to running the programs. Special Olympics Illinois does not charge athletes to participate in competitions.