Dear Friends of Special Olympics Illinois,

On Behalf of the Athletes participating with Special Olympics Illinois, we would like to thank you in advance for your consideration of a very special request for support.

On January 14-16, 2022 Special Olympics Illinois, Region K and Indoor Softball Inc. will host our 12th Annual Girls Indoor Winter Fast Pitch Softball Tournament at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.  We also will host the 8th annual Beaver Rice wooden bat baseball tourney Jan. 28-30, 2022 as well. All money raised from these two tournaments will benefit the over 1,600 Special Olympics Athletes competing in Region K.  Sponsors are crucial to the success of this event and we hope that your business will strongly consider supporting our 2022 tournaments.  Since this unique event began in 2010, we have raised over $650,000 for Special Olympic Illinois Athletes competing in Southern Illinois.  It is our hope to build upon the previous ten years of success so that we can continue to transform the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities right here in Southern Illinois. 

In Illinois alone, more than 23,500 athletes compete in 18 Olympic-style sports at over 260 competitions each year.   Special Olympics Illinois provides our athletes with the opportunity to develop their own pride and self-esteem, build new friendships, and have the thrill of participating in their sport.  Special Olympics is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit, charitable organization (ID# 36-2922811) that relies on donations from individuals, organizations, corporate sponsors, grants and special events for program funding.  Special Olympics is proud of the fact that we have never charged an athlete, or their family, to participate in any event.  We can only do this with your support.  All money raised stays in the area providing funding for area competitions and recruitment of athletes.

Click here to view the commitment form year’s agreement form or email [email protected] for more information on all the great benefits your business will receive by partnering with Special Olympics Illinois.  Our programs succeed in changing lives, building advocacy networks, and creating a lasting positive impact.  Consumers recognize us as a brand deserving respect, loyalty, and good will with 95% positive brand recognition in the United States. 

By sponsoring this unique event, your brand will be on display for 28 traveling girls softball teams (12U/14U/16U) from across Illinois and the Tri-State Area, their families, their friends, numerous vendors and sponsors, hundreds of volunteers, and thousands of spectators throughout the weekend.  In addition the Indoor Baseball tournament with over 24 teams the last weekend in January.    If you would like to become involved as a sponsor we will need to receive your commitment form by December 10, 2021 to ensure logo is on the tournament shirts. Checks can be sent anytime in 2022 for the correct tax year.

Please know that we are grateful for your consideration of this request as we work to create a more inclusive society that warmly welcomes all individuals to participate fully.  If you have any questions or would like to meet in person to discuss this opportunity further please feel free to contact us.  Thanks again for your time and we look forward to hearing back from you soon. 


Bill Asbury
Tournament Director
[email protected]