2018 State Conference

by | Oct 3, 2018 | Uncategorized

Registration Deadline Extended! All forms and fees are now due to the state office by Monday, Oct. 15.

Offering valuable training and networking opportunities for program leaders, coaches, volunteers, athletes, and families, our annual State Conference is your best chance each year to connect with Special Olympics Indiana staff and board members and to ensure that you are in the know about everything from rule changes to fundraising.

This year’s conference will focus on several key issues that are the pillars of the Special Olympics movement. Help us celebrate our past as we honor those who have laid the foundation of our organization over the past 50 years, and be a part of our future as we work together with athlete leaders to develop our next Strategic Plan.

The 2018 Special Olympics Indiana State Conference will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, with additional activities scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26.

Please take this opportunity to re-engage with us and to make some new friends from around the state as we come together to learn from one another!

Conference Highlights


State Conference attendees who are able to come on Friday afternoon will once again be treated to tours of the first-of-its-kind Erskine Green Training Institute, providing post-secondary vocational training for adults with disabilities in hospitality, food service, healthcare, and inventory distribution.

Join your hosts and your colleagues from across the state Friday night for an evening of games and socializing in advance of the 2018 Indiana State Conference. Don’t miss a trivia competition hosted by comedian Craig Tornquist. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available (2 free drink tickets per guest).

Hear from Hall of Fame sportswriter and former SOIN board member Bill Benner about the impact of sports in Indiana. Benner is concluding an impressive career spanning five decades, including 33 years at The Indianapolis Star followed by executive positions with Indiana Sports Corp, Visit Indy, the Horizon League, and most recently, Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

Take a break from the classroom and help us recognize some outstanding people as we present the 2018 Spirit of Special Olympics Indiana Awards! Following lunch and the presentation of awards to this year’s top athlete, coach, volunteer, family, and LETR officer, SOIN President & CEO Jeff Mohler will have a few words to share about the organization.

Led by MassMutual advisor Gordon Homes, this informative workshop provides a blueprint for navigating the future for your dependent with special needs, with a focus on wills, special needs trusts and guardianship, and a variety of financial issues.

Join us as we take a look back at the history of Special Olympics Indiana in advance of our 50th anniversary in 2019, featuring stories by the athletes and volunteers who have been a part of the movement so far. Then, let’s find out where our athletes plan to lead us in the next 50 years.

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