IMPORTANT REMINDERS & UPDATES
RAINOUT & RESCHEDULE | We regret to inform you that today's OK Classic has been canceled. We pondered every scenario, did every rain dance, exhausted every effort, but due to the rain over the course of the past couple days and what we are facing today, and even tomorrow, the fields are not playable.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to utilize our Sunday makeup plan either, due to the weather conditions.
The OK Classic is rescheduled for next Saturday, October 5th.
An updated bracket schedule will apply. Please visit the bracket page for updates.
We would like to take this opportunity to send out a special thank you to our friends at the Park Disrict of Forest Park, all of our amazing staff and volunteers and all of our awesomely flexible partner vendors who have helped us regroup and plan to pull off another great event next weekend. We hope to see you there.
FUNDRAISING GOAL & DEADLINE | We are working all the way toward 10PM on Friday, September 27th to hit our goal of raising $75,000! Your support is crucial in keeping the Warrior Mission strong. Your donation is important...
- Because more than 23,000 people with an intellectual or developmental disability in Illinois are on a waiting list for services
- Because the employment rate for Warriors in our community is barely 30%
- Because the OK Family don't accept the above!
- Becuase we are still 95% privately funded and we count on your generosity through our events to support nearly 40% of our operating budget
Please consider making a donation to the Warrior Mission. Each year, we pair Warriors up on all of the teams playing in the event. These Warriors are working with their teammates toward our fundraising goals. If you'd like to give direct to a Warrior. Please see below for links to their pages:
50 Shades of Phe
|Devil's Rejects||Erik Cox|
HART 2 Heart SWEETS
|Laces Out||Joneece Dansby|
|Not My Uggs||Madeleine Gancer|
Sik Wit It
|Sons of Pitches||Nick Sawyer|
|Team Impact||John Carmody|
|the grinders||Mike Gardener|
|The Mules and The Nags||Katrina Jeffries|
|Unbreakable Fitness||Eric Reeves|
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.
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.