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

Swimming

New this year! Hopewell Valley YMCA is offering a Special Olympics Swimming program. Swimmers will train once a week and must know how to swim to participate.

Age: Co-ed, ages 8+
Day: Sundays
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Dates: October 1, 2017 – June 10, 2018
Location: The Pennington School
Cost: Free

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Soccer

Our soccer team will compete in its second season. Most sports for SONJ programs are ages 6 and up with developmental and competitive levels.

Age: Co-ed, ages 6+
Day: TBD
Time: TBD
Dates: Returning in the fall
Location: Admin Fields
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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Basketball

Basketball is a developmental and competitive sport for Special Olympics. Athletes who are ready for competition will compete as a team in weekly Sunday games starting in January. Games are played locally. Practices are once a week.

Age: Co-ed, ages 6 through 18
Day: Thursdays
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dates: December 2017- March 2018
Location: Admin Gym
Cost: Free

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Bowling

The bowling program is a developmental and team program. Athletes will practice once a week to work on their skills and grow as an athlete. Game scores will be kept and submitted to SONJ. Athletes who meet the criteria will have the opportunity to compete in local competitions against other athletes throughout New Jersey.

Age: Co-ed, ages 6 and up
Day: Sundays
Time: Evenings
Dates: November 19, 2017 – March 2018
Location: Slocum’s Bowling Lanes
Cost: Free

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Track and Field

Special Olympics Track and Field is accepting traditional and unified partners ages 6 and up are all welcome to participate. Some athletes will be eligible for Summer Games the second weekend in June.

Age: Co-ed, ages 6 and up
Day: Sundays
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Dates: March 2018 – June 2018
Location: Timberlane
Cost: Free

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Tennis

Competitive Tennis

This program is for Athletes (16 yr. & up ), that with training, will be able to understand the basics of a tennis match.  For those interested in competition, we will have the opportunity to compete at regional competitions, SONJ Sectionals and SONJ Summer Games.  Practices are outside so please dress appropriately.  Practices will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.  Please email LisaBass85@hotmail.com  when you register or with any questions so we can notify you of changes to the schedule.

Age: Co-ed, ages 16 and up
Day: Sundays 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM and Thursdays 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM.
Dates: March 2018 – June 2018
Location: Timberlane
Cost: Free

Developmental Tennis

This class is open to everyone of all ages and abilities.  We will begin with teaching basic tennis skills in a fun and engaging environment.  Tennis is a great way to leisurely develop coordination skills. As the athletes advance, they will learn the competitive aspects of how to play and engage in match play.   Practices are outside so please dress appropriately.  Practices will be canceled in the case of inclement weather.  Please email LisaBass85@hotmail.com when you register or with any questions so we can notify you of changes to the schedule.

Age: Co-ed, ages 6 and up
Day: Sundays
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Dates: March 2018 – June 2018
Location: Timberlane (Some practices will be held at the Special Olympics New Jersey Complex to utilize the Bocce courts.)
Cost: Free

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Bocce

Play the game of Bocce, learn new skills and have fun! Traditional and unified partners ages 6 and up are all welcome to participate. Some athletes will be eligible for Summer Games the second weekend in June.

Age: Co-ed, ages 6 and up
Day: Sundays
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Dates: March 2018 – June 2018
Location: Timberlane (Some practices will be held at the Special Olympics New Jersey Complex to utilize the Bocce courts.)
Cost: Free

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