Special Olympics

As the Special Olympics agency for Jo Daviess County, The Workshop is proud to offer year-round sports training and provide opportunities to participate in athletic competitions to adults and children with intellectual disabilities in Jo Daviess County.  Special Olympics gives these special athletes opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 


To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics traditional program, one must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially designed instruction.

For individuals interested in becoming an athlete download the Athlete Interest Form (PDF). Fill out form and drop off at The Workshop front office or mail to:

The Workshop

c/o Courtney Busch

706 S. West St.

Galena, IL 61036


Volunteer Coaches & Chaperones

Volunteers are needed to help make our team a success. All volunteers who have close contact with athletes or who handle the financial assets of Special Olympics Illinois must complete a Class A volunteer application. This includes coaches, chaperones, Unified Partners, staff and committee members. As part of the Class A Application, volunteers are asked to submit to a background check and complete concussion and protective behavior training. Once complete, all three are good for 3 years.

If you are interested in becoming part of our team or have questions, contact Courtney Busch at (815) 777-2211, extension 410.  


To complete Class A application go to: 

Maranda S. snowshoe competitor
Maranda S. snowshoe competitor

Getting ready at the starting line at 2019 Special Olympics Regional competition.

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Jo Daviess Jaguars
Jo Daviess Jaguars

2019 Jo Daviess County Special Olympic Regional Snowshoe team.

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1st place
1st place

Robert placed 1st in the 2019 Regional 100 meter snowshoe competition.

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Courtney Busch QIDP-Co-Health Services C
Questions? Contact:
Courtney Busch, Athletic Director
(815) 777-2211 Ext. 410