Senior Olympics

The Illinois Senior Olympics based in Springfield began in 1977, making it the oldest State Games in the United States. Springfield’s first Senior Olympics hosted 122 athletes. Today, the Illinois games hosts up to 1,400 male and female athletes with an age range of 50 years and better. The Illinois Senior Olympics include more than 20 events and 3 team sports. Springfield is the only qualifying site in Illinois for athletes that would like to participate in the National Senior Games.

The Illinois Senior Olympics is proud to promote healthy lifestyles for seniors. The games are an excellent way for seniors to be fit and active and improve their physical and mental condition. This is a great opportunity to socialize with other athletes, enjoy some friendly competition and engage the entire family in health and wellness.

The 2019 Illinois Senior Olympics are right around the corner. Please see below for our schedule of events. The Illinois Senior Olympics would not be possible without great volunteers. We have several volunteer opportunities for sports enthusiasts of all ages.

These games are hosted in cooperation with the Springfield Park District & the Senior Services of Central IL, Inc. For more information, please visit the Illinois Senior Olympics website or call our office at (217)528-4035.

Fast Facts:

  • Over 50 sporting categories w/ team sports
  • Must be 50 or older to compete
  • Gold, Silver, & Bronze medals awarded
  • Registration fee includes a t-shirt and up to ten events. Events beyond ten will be an additional $3.00 each
  • ISO is a member of the NSGA

Volunteer Opportunities

  • As many as 300 volunteers needed
  • Can be volunteer and participant too!
  • Volunteer as individual or as a group

Upcoming 2019 Schedule

July 27: Stoneman Triathlon - Lake Springfield Beach House
August 3: Cycling - Chatham Intermediate School
August 27: Bridge - Erin's Pavilion
September 12th, 13th, & 14th: Pickleball - Iles Park
September 14: Archery - Robin Roberts Stadium
September 14 & 15: Softball - Spartan Sports Park
September 18 & 19: Tennis - Velasco Tennis Center
September 19: Mini Golf - Knight's Action Park
September 19: Badminton - Downtown YMCA
September 19: Basketball Free Throw - Downtown YMCA
September 19: Rope Skipping - Downtown YMCA
September 20: Casting - Washington Park
September 20: Celebration of Athletes - Erin's Pavilion
September 20 & 21: Shuffleboard - Lincoln Park
September 20 & 21: Bowling - King Pin Lanes
September 20 & 21: Table Tennis - Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church
September 21: 5K & 10K Runs - Washington Park
September 21: Swimming - Eisenhower Pool
September 21: Bags - Lincoln Park
September 21: Horseshoes - Lincoln Park
September 22: Track and Field - Memorial Stadium
September 23: Golf - Lincoln Greens
October TBD: Wii Bowling - Erin's Pavilion
TBD: Basketball
TBD: Volleyball

The Illinois Senior Olympics is headquartered at the Senior Services of Central IL, 701 West Mason Street, Springfield. The majority of events take place at the Springfield Park District facilities and outdoor spaces. For more information contact Justin Yuroff at (217) 528-4035 or visit the websites below:

Senior Services of Central IL, Inc: www.ssoci.org
Illinois Senior Olympics:www.ilsenoly.org
National Senior Games Association: www.nsga.com

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