CUSR Mustangs & Athletics

Participant with downs syndrome swimming breast stroke.

Special Olympics Illinois provides year-round sports training in a variety of Olympic-type sports for youth, teens and adults with intellectual disabilities who are 8 years of age or older. CUSR supports the mission of Special Olympics Illinois through participation in the following sports:

  • Aquatics
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Power Lifting
  • Softball

  • Soccer Skills
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Young Athletes



First Shot! Toddler Team

Ages 2-5 (with a parent present)
You’re never too young to give something your First Shot! During this 8 week program we will focus on two sports. The first 4 weeks we will work on fundamental basketball skills, bouncing balls, passing, and working as a team. The second 4 weeks will be devoted to soccer. We will work on dribbling, kicking, and sportsmanship! This program will help build the foundational skills needed to move onto more advanced athletic opportunities.

GOALS: Improve cardiovascular fitness, improve social skills and ability to interact with others, improve fine and gross motor skills, and increase self confidence.

Date: Jan 20-March 10
Day: Thursday
Time: 10-11:15am
Location: CUSR Center
Fee(R/NR): $40/$60
Min/Max: 4/8
Deadline: January 13
No Door-to-Door Transportation

First Shot! Reg >>

Strikes & Spares

Ages 13+
Bring your friends to the bowling alley for some fun! Perfect your skills while socializing with your friends and meeting new ones. Participants will be assigned to lanes and can bowl up to two games.
*Participants arriving late will bowl two games, or as long as time allows.

GOALS: Improve social skills and ability to interact with others, learn and practice bowling etiquette, and increase gross motor coordination.

Date | Day:

  • Feb 7-28 | Monday
  • March 7-28 | Monday
  • April 4-25 | Monday
  • Feb 2-23 | Wednesday
  • March 2-23 | Wednesday
  • April 6-27 | Wednesday

Time: 4-5pm
Location: Old Orchard Lanes and Links
Fee(R/NR): $54/$81
Min/Max: 4/16
Deadline: 1 week before program
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Strikes & Spares Reg >>

Mustang Aquatics

Ages 10+
Make your way into the water and join us for swim practice! We will work on developing and refining competitive swimming skills.

NOTE: You must be able to swim the length of the pool unassisted to register for this program. This is not a swim lesson program. Individuals in the program must have stroke knowledge and be able to swim independently.

*Participants must purchase their own swimming suit. One-piece swim suits are required for female swimmers and males may wear swim trunks or jammers.

GOALS: Increase cardiovascular fitness, gross motor coordination, improve goal-setting abilities, and improve swimming strokes.

Date: Feb 6-May 22*
Day: Sunday
No Program: 3/6, 4/17, 5/8. Practices will continue for swimmers who qualify for state. Competition information will be communicated when it is made available.
Time: 6-7pm
Location: Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center
Fee (R/NR): $67/$100.50
Min/Max: 4/8
Deadline: January 31
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Mustang Aquatics Reg >>

Soccer Skills

Ages 13+
Kick! Pass! Dribble! Shoot! Soccer is back and it’s going to be a blast! We will develop our skills and showcase our technique at the Soccer Skills Competition!

GOALS: Increase cardiovascular fitness and athletic abilities, and learn soccer techniques.

Date: Feb 24-April 14
Day: Thursday
Time: 5-6:30pm
Location: CUSR Center
Fee (R/NR): $51/$76.50
Min/Max: 4/8
Deadline: 2/17
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Soccer Skills Reg >>

Mustang Track and Field

Ages 13+
There is something for everyone at Track & Field! You can train for field events, running, walking, sprints, long distance, and wheelchair races. Athletes have the opportunity to compete at the District Track & Field Meet.

NOTE: Please wear appropriate athletic clothing to practice – athletic shorts or sweatpants, t-shirts, and tennis shoes. Jeans and sandals of any kind are not allowed at practice.

GOALS: Increase gross motor coordination, improve athletic abilities and improve communication and listening skills.

Date: March 7-May 23
Day: Monday
Time: 5:30- 7pm
Location: CUSR Center/TBD
Fee (R/NR): $58/ $87
Min/Max: 8/12
Deadline: February 28
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Track & Field Reg >>

 C-U Kiwanis Tom Jones Challenger League

Ages 6-21
The Challenger League is a cooperative program between C-U Kiwanis Club and CUSR. The league gives players
with physical and/or intellectual disabilities the opportunity to play the game of baseball. Uniforms, caps, and equipment are provided for the games. Players either hit from a tee or swing at a pitched ball and are assisted by coaches, volunteers, and “buddies”.

Please note that this is not a CUSR-run program. We only take registration. All questions regarding practices/games need to be directed to Tom Grey at 217-377-2998.

Date: TBA
Day: Tuesday evenings & Saturday mornings
Time: TBA
Location: Ambucs Park, Urbana
Fee (R/NR): $25
Deadline: TBA
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Challenger League Reg >>

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