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

Special Olympics Track – Ages 6 +

Special Olympics traditional and unified partners are welcome to participate.  Some athletes will be eligible for Summer Games the second week in June.

Dates: March – June, 2018
Day: Sundays
Time:  3:00 – 5:00 PM
Fee: FREE
Location:
Timberlane Middle School
Location: Admin Gym

 

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Special Olympics Tennis – Ages 6 +

Traditional and unified partners welcome. Some athletes will be eligible for Summer Games the second week in June.

Dates: March – June 2018
Day: Sundays
Time:  3:00 – 7:00 PM
Fee: FREE
Location:
Timberlane

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Special Olympics Bocce- Ages 6 +

Traditional and unified partners welcome. Some practices will meet at the Special Olympics New Jersey Complex to utilize the Bocce courts.

Dates: March – June, 2018
Day: Sundays
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Fee: FREE
Location:
Timberlane and SONJ Complex

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Basketball

Basketball is a developmental and competitive sport. Athletes who are ready for competition, will compete as a team in weekly games beginning in November. Games are played locally. Practices are once a week.

Age: Co-ed, ages 6+
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dates: December 2018 – March 2019
Location: Admin Gym
Cost: Free

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Bowling

Bowling is a developmental and competitive program. Unified partners are accepted. We will offer ramp bowling, learn to bowl, and competitive practices, run under the direction Kate Hamm – certified to coach Special Olympic Bowling.

Age: Co-ed, ages 6+
Day: Sunday
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Dates: December 2018 – March 3, 2019
Location: Slocum Bowling
Cost: Free

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Swimming

Swimming is one of the most popular sports in world. Unlike other sports, swimming is a life skill that is taught, first, to ensure safety and, secondly, for sports and competition purposes!

Age: Co-ed, ages 6+
Day: Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Dates: December 2018 – March 2018
Location: Pennington School
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: December 2018 – June 2, 2019
Location: PEAC
Cost: Free

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