Special Olympics

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The Hopewell Valley YMCA is proud to run programs for special needs athletes in Mercer County through Special Olympics New Jersey.

Each season the Hopewell Valley YMCA will take part in a SONJ Competitive sponsored event as well as developmental and unified programs. Below you will find current events available for registration.

Eligibility requirements: Individuals with intellectual disabilities must meet the required SONJ eligibility requirements and MUST have a valid SONJ medical. Please refer to the Special Olympics New Jersey website, www.sonj.org, for a full description of requirements. All athletes must be able to work on a 4:1 ratio. Unfortunately, there are no accommodations for anyone requiring one to one assistance. Sports tournaments often require teams to stay overnight.

Membership to the Hopewell Valley YMCA is not required for participation. Spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis. To make sure your child has a spot on the team, please make sure register prior to the registration deadline. For general questions concerning Special Olympics, contact Heather O’Connell or Daniel Williams.

Below you will find a listing of the upcoming HVYMCA sponsored SONJ events.

 

SONJ Active Sports Programs

Strider Bikes

Strider focuses on balance and the mechanics of bike riding. Each week, athletes will work on improving their focus and balance in order
to successfully navigate on the strider. Athletes ages 6-7 will be assigned the developmental track. Athletes ages 8+ will be assigned the competition track and work to prepare for meets against other area programs. Athletes are required to wear athletic attire, a helmet and sneakers.
Dates:
Aug. 29, 2018 – Oct. 24, 2018

Age: Co-ed, ages 6-7
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dates: August 29, 2018 – October 24, 2018
Location: Bear Tavern
Cost: Free

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Soccer

Soccer is one of the world’s most popular team sports. It’s also Special Olympics’ most popular sport due to the fact that it can be played
by boys, girls, men and women of just about any physical build and ability. Athletes will work towards teamwork and gameplay in order to prepare for competitive meets against other teams. Athletes are required to wear athletic attire, shin guards and sneakers. Games will be
played on Saturdays.

Age: Co-ed, ages 6+
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Dates: August 29, 2018 – October 24, 2018
Location: Bear Tavern
Cost: Free

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Strider Balance Bikes

Strider Balance Bikes are bikes without pedals. Striders help athletes learn balance, coordination and steering without the fear of falling. Strider race course has ramps and the fun of riding a strider is that it includes learning how to ride over obstacles. It helps balance, assists with the understanding of how to control the bile and its FUN!

Age: Co-ed, ages 6+
Day: TBD
Time: TBD
Dates: Returning in the fall
Location: Bear Tavern Elementary
Cost: Free

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Cycling

Cycling requires good physical condition, endurance and tactics. Special Olympics include time trial and road race events in different
distances. Every athlete riding his/her bike aims at traveling at the best possible time and arrive at the finish line first. Athletes are
required to wear athletic attire, a helmet and sneakers.

Age: Co-ed, ages 6+
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dates: August 29, 2018 – October 24, 2018
Location: Bear Tavern
Cost: Free

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Powerlifting

Powerlifting is fast growing sport. Athletes will work with coaches to develop proper lifting techniques and lift their way to setting
personal goals. Athletes will also work towards preparing for competition in the spring against local area programs.

Age: Co-ed, ages 8 +
Day: TBD
Time: TBD
Dates: October 1, 2018 – June 2, 2019
Location: PEAC
Cost: Free

REGISTER NOW

 

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