Representatives from NCSO traveled to Penn State on August 26th to take part in the Special Olympics PA Leadership Conference. The team took part in break-out sessions throughout the day that included: athlete leadership, finance, building better teams and volunteer mindfulness. The night ended with the awards banquet, hall of fame celebration and athlete leadership university graduation. Of course, no trip to Penn State would not be complete without a stop by the Penn State Creamery. The group looks forward to putting skills learned into practice back in Northampton County.
School Based Programs
You do not need to be a Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 student or classroom to participate. All district students and classroom are welcome. All athletes must have an athlete medical form on file with Northampton County Special Olympics. For more information see the medical tab on the website (ncspecialolympicspa.org) All athletes must train at least eight weeks for a sport: This maybe done during school hours or after school. This may be done through Adapted Physical Education class or regular Physical Education class. Trainings should be modified to the needs of each student. All Special Olympics sports rules should be followed during training. Districts are responsible to set up their own transportation Teachers or parents may register their athletes for an event. Contact the event coordinator to register listed under the information part of the sports info on the website (ncspecialolympicspa.org). All scores and information must be in by the deadline. Transportation must be provided to and from the event. All athletes must have an adult or coach present with them during the entire event
Open to all individuals with an identified intellectual disability or cognitive delay regardless of age. Visit our community programs page to see all the awesome sports we offer. If you are interested, click the registration link and fill out the required details. Then show up to the trainings on designated day and time at the listed location. All transportation must be provided on your own.
The Young Athletes Program is a sport play program for children ages 2 ½ to 7 years who have a disability and/or developmental delay. Young Athletes learn basic sport skills through fun based games and physical activities (throwing, catching, balancing, kicking, jumping, walking and running). While young athletes practice their sports skills they gain motor skills like balance, flexibility, strength and coordination. Transportation is not provided; parents/guardians will need to transport their child to/from the event, and remain in a waiting area during the session.
South @ Liberty
We had 703 athletes compete in the Athletics South Meet at Liberty High School (BASD Stadium) on May 4, 2017. We had 32 banners in our parade of athletes this year!!! The athletes were able to participate in three events throughout the day. Those events included: the wheelchair races, 25 meter walk, 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, the 400 meter run, the 800 meter run, the shot put, the javelin, the long jump and the softball throw. The athletes also got a chance to get their face painted and eat some candy with Just Born, participate in coloring activities donated by Crayola, receive a free book from Cops ‘n’ Kids and receive health information from the Bethlehem Health Bureau. A big thank you to Jane Prodes and all involved in making this day a huge success!
North @ East Stroudsburg South
We had 587 athletes compete in the Athletics North Meet at East Stroudsburg High School South Stadium on May 11, 2017. The athletes were able to participate in three events throughout the day. Those events included: wheelchair races, 25 meter walk, 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, the 400 meter run, the 800 meter run, the shot put, the javelin, the long jump and the softball throw. The athletes also got a chance to get their photo taken, their face painted, play with the therapy dogs and dance to music. A big thank you to Amiee Ellison and her staff for making the day a wonderful time for all of our athletes that attend the school districts in Monroe County!!!
Northampton County Special Olympic Equestrian Team’s 5th Annual Horse Show was held on Tuesday, May 30th at the Equi-librium Therapeutic Horsemanship facility in Nazareth. Despite the gloomy weather outdoors, the inside of the arena was filled with excitement and enthusiasm. Participating horse and rider teams included Alex & Snickers, Ali & Opal, Caroline & Willie, Corrinne & Sonny, Hailee & Figgy, Jack & Diesel, Juliana & Opal, Lauren & Figgy, Markus & Skye, Pranov & Willie and Sara & Jackie. Riders competed in equitation, trail and a team relay. Horses and riders really took advantage of the proud and supportive spectators and showed off their best work. We had our first ever walk/trot independent rider class! Judges for the show were Sam Hartzell and Lori Tucker. A HUGE thank you goes out to the staff and volunteers from Equi-librium who are there assisting throughout our training season. This year riders Alex, Lauren and Hailee will be representing us at the PA State Summer Games at Penn State University on June 1st -3rd. We are proud of you all!!
The sounds of basketballs dribbling, passes being caught, and shots being taken at the hoops, can mean only one thing; it is March Madness at the Chrin Center! After school basketball started on March 9th and over 20 athletes have been practicing their dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. Their skills are improving each week and they even played a five vs five game last week. Five athletes had the pleasure of representing our county at the VIA Banquet and made us proud with their maturity and patience during the long evening of speeches. The VIA Special Olympic Shoot-Out was April 1st and 11 of our athletes played a basketball game in front of a large crowd at Northampton County Community College. The fans loved their enthusiasm and energy during the 12 minute game and our athletes rose to the occasion and scored over 20 points! Our athletes will continue practicing their skills and putting them into action during game like situations through the month of April. March Madness may be over, but there is still some very good basketball to be played by our athletes!
On March 1, 2017 at Easton Area High School, 213 gymnasts, representing 28 classes, came ready to show off their routines and have fun. For the past two months these athletes, Kindergarten through sixth grade, in Northampton County have been practicing their rolling, jumping, balancing, running, and galloping. They learned routines to do on the beam and floor. They learned to run, jump onto a spring board and land on a mat. They learned to take turns and cheer each other on. They worked very hard with their physical education teachers and their classroom teachers to perfect their moves so they would be ready for their big competition. After opening ceremonies, the gymnasts were ready to perform. They tumbled, danced, balanced, and jumped. They helped each other out and cheered each other on. At the end of each event they received ribbons which they proudly wore. Everyone did an outstanding job! A special thanks to: Easton Area High School, the Student Council, Custodians, Security, Administrators, and all the Student Volunteers. Special thanks to the Easton Angels for the awesome bake sale, they raised $700.00 for Northampton County Special Olympics!! Finally a special thanks to all the Teachers and Volunteers who helped make sure each child had a wonderful experience. The day ended with closing ceremonies and a dance party. Everyone had a wonderful time. Hope to see everyone at next year’s gymnastics event.
This year Northampton County Special Olympics started a new eight week program called All Sports Camp. The athletes were
able to participate in eight different sports at the Charles Chrin Community Center on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:00 pm. The athletes participated in Basketball, Softball, Floor Hockey, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Track and Field and Flag Football. The athletes seemed to enjoy Floor Hockey and Flag Football the most. We will hopefully be starting eight week programs of Floor Hockey and Flag Football in the future.
On Sunday, November 13, five members of the Special Olympics committee gathered at Wind Gap Middle School to learn more about starting Flag Football for NCSO. Participants learned about the necessary gear and equipment, rules
of the game, and even ran some practice drills! One participant even learned that a running back indeed runs forward, not backward! The committee looks forward to beginning this new sport with our athletes and will have the first trial run on Tuesday, November 22. Beware if you come as a spectator! The rules for this flag football game are quite different-- including
pass-only zones and "dead ball" if there's a fumble or interception. No worries, we'll have you covered with a spectator guide so you can cheer on the athletes! Stay tuned for info regarding a "Flag Football Season."
As part of the Ciocca Subaru "Share the Love" Campaign they will donate $250 for each new car sold/leased to NCSO. Mention the campaign when you purchase a vehicle and tell them to donate to NCSO!
You do not need to be a Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 student or classroom to participate. All district students and classroom are welcome.
All athletes must have an athlete Medical Form on file with Northampton County Special Olympics.
All athletes must train at least eight weeks for a sport:
Teachers or parents may register their athletes for an event.
Several NCSO Committee Members traveled out to State College PA for the 2016 Special Olympics PA Leadership Conference. Global Ambassador Tyler Y. participated in the 3rd Annual Athlete Congress with athletes from across the state, while the other attend workshops on various topics.
Our new fitness program kicked off on Tuesday September 6th at the Charles Chrin Community Center. The program is lead by NCSO athlete Tyler Y. The program will run for three more Tuesdays (13th, 20th and 27th). We hope you will join Tyler as he leads his fellow athletes and teaches them about the importance of athlete fitness.
Thank you for another successful training season and local show for our equestrian athletes. We appreciate your AMAZING horses, GORGEOUS facility and OUTSTANDING and DEDICATED staff and volunteers!
Athletics – South @ Liberty High School
has been re-scheduled!
New Date: Monday May 9th, 2016
Liberty High School, Bethlehem PA
Opening Ceremonies begin approximately 10:00 a.m.
I would like to introduce you to Miss Amazing Inc. We are a nonprofit organization founded in Nebraska in 2007. Now in our 9th year we are operating in 30 states across the nation. Our mission is to build confidence and self-esteem in girls and women with disabilities. Our programs offer opportunities for ages 5-elderly in a supportive environment. The only cost to participate is 5 canned food items.
In 2015 we were honored to be a Special Event at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Miss Amazing has been recognized by the governor of the state of Nebraska, Prudential Awards, HALO Awards, and top 30 of Loreal Women of Worth. Several national media programs have featured our work to include MSNBC, The Today Show, and Meredith Vieira Show.
The program is coming to Pennsylvania in 2016. The event will be held April 9, 2016 at Moravian College, Haupert Union Building. Our director is Amy Behrend and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-740-3739.
We would appreciate your support in helping us to spread the word about the program to any individuals you think feel would be interested in participating by sharing the attached flyer. All registrations can be conveniently entered on our website at https://missamazingpageant.com/participate/
All participants are awarded for their participation and six representatives are selected to represent their peers and the state during the year. This event is the perfect fit for all abilities. Supportive volunteers help participants throughout the event.
April 24th, 2016 @ Easton Area High School
8:30am: Track opens for registration
9:30am: Free kids run begins on track
10:00am: 5k and walk begin
Events: Iron Pigs Mascots, Miracle league mascot (Homer), Free pictures, Music, and gift bags!
Course: Wheel-measured 5k cross country course (Kunkle Track)
Registration: Must receive by April 1 to guarantee shirt
$10.00: Kids 10 and under
$50.00: Team of up to 4 adult members (Additional members need to form additional team)
Payment: Checks made payable to Easton’s Angels. Send to Brigid Messa, 2601, William Penn Highway, Easton, PA 18045 EastonAngels@gmail.com
Awards: Gift cards and medals for top male and female runners. Walk is non-competitive.
On Wednesday a national initiative called "Spread the Word to End the Word" will take place. This initiative began three years ago and its goal is to educate people to stop using the word "retarded" and begin to use more respectful, people first language and create an environment of acceptance.
In collaboration with Mrs. McQueen's class some 4th graders at Avona Elementary made a video to help educate students about this initiative and being respectful.
Take a moment to watch the video and then sign the pledge.
The Lehigh Valley Polar Plunge is the biggest fundraising event for Northampton County Special Olympics as well as our neighboring Special Olympics programs ( Bethlehem City and Carbon, Monroe and Lehigh Counties). For our 2016 Polar Plunge, over 500 plungers took a dip into the frigid winter waters of the Delaware River. Additionally, we had a dedicated group of 25 Super Plungers who completed our 24 hour challenge at the Grand Eastonian Hotel in downtown Easton, PA.
This year we were excited to be joined by Lehigh Valley's own Indy Car Driver Sage Karem. Sage has been involved with Northampton County Special Olympics in the past as a peer buddy and was excited to take the plunge to support us. Additionally, "Becka and Malone" from Cat Country and "Josh and Scott in the morning" from WLEV were on hand to pump up the crowd and serve as the events emcees.
A special thank you to all our sponsors, plungers, fundraisers, volunteers and friends who made this event possible. Together we raised $TBA for Special Olympics PA, which is divided between the local programs.
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