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TEAM REGISTRATION DETAILS

Team registration will open at 7:30 pm on Monday, July 29th. Registration is limited and based on a first come, first served format. Teams that raise $5,000 or more from previous year's participation guaruntee a team reservation. Sponsors that commit at +$5K are also reserved a team slot. 

The team fee for the 13th Annual OK Classic is $1500. Teams are NOT required to satisfy the fee at time of registration. Teams are afforded the option of raising funds via the peer-to-peer fundraising platform hosted on this site to satisfy the fee.

Traditionally, teams and players work together to reach out to friends and family to raise funds toward the overall team goal and the greater organizational goal of $75,000 for the event. Recently, we have seen teams exercise their creativity by reaching out to sponsors to help support team fundraising, host events and do all other sorts of things to reach the team fee. Got a new idea!? Run it by us and we'll do what we can to support your efforts or collaborate.

TEAM REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

JOIN an ALREADY EXISTING TEAM

 

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES

  • Monday, July 29 at 7:30 pm  |  Team Registration
  • Wednesday, September 11th  |  Team Roster & Team Fee Deadline
  • Sunday, September 22 at 2:00 pm  |  Captain's Meeting
  • Friday, September 27th at 10:00 pm  |  Fundraising Deadline
  • Saturday, September 28th  |  Event Date -- ALL DAY!

BRACKETS & FIRST ROUND BYES

  • Brackets will be pulled at the conclusion of our Captain's Meeting
  • The top fundraising teams will be awarded a first-round bye, securing that they will play no earlier than 10:30 AM on tournament day
  • We will post the brackets right here on this site after the drawing

THE EVENT  |  HISTORY & PURPOSE

The OK Classic is one very full day of fun and competitive co-ed, 14-inch softball. This tournament was our original fundraiser and still serves as one of our most important days of the year to gather community in connection to the mission. The softball offers an opportunity for the Warriors to stand on the same playing field as their peers, in a fully inclusive space. We cherish these interactions and the team and player connections truly reflect what our mission is all about.

This event also offers a full-on, family friendly festival atmosphere in addition to the games. We feature a wide variety of donated food and beverage form some of our finest local partners. We also host a massive kid's activity area, a social tent with seating and college football reeling all day. We cap it all off with a great lineup of live music to keep your head bobbing all day long.

This event began in 2007 as a memorial to a very dear friend of the Warriors who passed away at a young age while serving as an Americorps volunteer in Alaska. The KG Classic, named after Kathleen Garrigan is often considered the launching pad of Opportunity Knocks. Several years later, the event was re-named the OK Classic, honing its focus on the OK mission. The KG spirit lives on at OK, while the Classic continues to be a key fundraising event in support of the programs at OK. 

 


THE MISSION

Opportunity Knocks is dedicated to enriching life and community. We exist to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they live, work, learn, grow and connect within their community. We believe in a dynamic, person-centered and community-based approach to programming that engages the voice of all Warriors, thrives on interdependent connections, encourages exploration, centers on holistic wellness and fostering healthy relationships.

WHO WE SERVE

Perseverance and strength through challenges have led us to nickname our participants Warriors. We are dedicated to providing support and resources for teens and young adults.

WHERE WE SERVE

We are currently serving the communities of Oak Park, Forest Park, and River Forest. Due to our current space constraints, we are limited to serving only those communities.

WHY WE SERVE

Opportunities for young people with I/DD are terribly limited. The state of Illinois ranks 49th in the nation in supporting community-based programs. More than 12,000 are currently awaiting state services.

 


 

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