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



Softball Skills

Ages 13+
Spend this season working on the fundamentals for our Mustang Softball Team! Practices will focus
on the basic skills of hitting, fielding, throwing, and sportsmanship. Competitions with other area teams and Special Olympics will depend on current safety guidelines and will be TBA. All athletes must have a current Special Olympics Medical Application on file with CUSR by June 23; Medical Applications must be valid through August 11.

GOALS: Increase gross motor coordination and improve team building and sportsmanship skills.

Date: May 5-July 21
Day: Wednesday
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Dodds Park 3Plex (Field 1)
Fee (R/NR): $68/$102
Min/Max: 12/20
Deadline: April 28
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Softball Skills Reg >>

Mustang Bowling

Ages 13+
Practice your bowling skills this summer! Competitions with other area teams and Special Olympics will depend on current safety guidelines and will be TBA. All participants need to have a current Special Olympics Medical Application on file with CUSR by July 28; Medical Applications must be valid through November 3.

GOALS: Learn and practice bowling rules and etiquette, increase gross motor coordination, improve bowling and sportsmanship skills


  • Monday | June 7-August 16 (No program July 5)
  • Wednesday | June 2 – August 18

Time: 4-5pm
Location: Western Bowl
Fee (R/NR): $108/$162
Min/Max: Mondays – 4/10; Wednesdays – 4/10
Deadline: May 24
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Mustang Bowling Reg >>

Volleyball Skills

Ages 13+
Learn the basic skills of volleyball or improve your skills. Players on this team will develop their serving, passing, and hitting skills. We will work on skills for both Modified and Traditional volleyball. Competitions with other area teams and Special Olympics will depend on current safety guidelines and will be TBA. Athletes need to have a valid Special Olympics Medical Application on file with CUSR by August 25; Medical Applications must be valid through October 26.

GOALS: Increase gross motor coordination, improve team cooperation skills and gain knowledge of rules of the game and individual volleyball skills

Date: June 28-October 18 (No program July 5 & Sept 6)
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: TBA
Fee (R/NR): $70/$105
Min/Max: 8/12
Deadline: June 21
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Volleyball Skills Reg >>

Special Olympics Young Athletes

Ages 2-7
Special Olympics Illinois has an exciting program for youth called Young Athletes. The Young Athletes program is an innovative sports play program for children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities and their peers, designed to introduce them into the world of sports. This program will prove enormously beneficial on multiple levels for your child. First and foremost, these activities will help the children improve physically, cognitively and socially. It will also serve as an introduction to the world of Special Olympics.

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

Date: July 10-August 21
Day: Saturday
Time: 10-11am
Location: TBA
Fee (R/NR): $55/$82.50
Min/Max: 4/12
Deadline: 1 week prior to program
No Door-to-Door Transportation

SO Young Athletes Reg >>

Fit Club

Ages 14+
Fit Club combines, nutrition, fitness, and friendship! At this program we will meet weekly to talk healthy lifestyle tips, exercise, and nutrition. We will prepare a heathy snack, share a recipe to take home and try, as well as do a short exercise routine. Participants will be encouraged to share ideas and tips with other participants and be supportive of one another’s health goals and progress. We hope to help you all reach your goals and feel good!

GOALS: Increase knowledge of nutrition and exercise techniques, improve physical health and fitness, gain self confidence, and build friendships

Date: June 15-July 23

Day: Tuesday/Friday

Time: 3-3:40pm on Zoom
Fee (R/NR): $20/$30
Min/Max: 4/10
Deadline: June 8
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Fit Club 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: July 31-September 25
Day: Tuesday evenings & Saturday mornings
Time: TBA
Location: Ambucs Park, Urbana
Fee (R/NR): Free!
Deadline: TBA
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Challenger League Reg >>

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