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
The Hopewell Valley YMCA is proud to run FREE programs for special needs athletes in Mercer County through Special Olympics NJ. Volunteers and Coaches are always welcome. All practices are mandatory to participate in the SONJ events.
Special Olympics Bowling – Ages 6 +
Bowling will be held at Slocum’s in Ewing. A parent meeting will be held on the first night. The bowling program is a developmental and team program. Athletes will practice once a week to work on their skills and growth as an athlete. Game scores will be kept and submitted to SONJ. Athletes who meet the criteria will have the opportunity to compete at local competitions against other athletes throughout New Jersey.
Dates: November 17, 2019 – March 29, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: Slocum’s Bowling, Ewing, NJ
Special Olympics Swimming – Ages 8 +
Practices begin December 2nd at 1:00 pm at the Pennington School pool. SONJ Swimming Program for ages 6+. Participants must be 8 years or older to compete in regional events. Prerequisite – athletes must be able to swim the length of the pool. This is not a learn to swim program!
Dates: December 8, 2019 – May 31, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Location: The Pennington School Pool