Over the last few months, athletes from 22 Northampton County classes have been practicing their gymnastics skills. They worked very hard with the help of their classroom and gym teachers to learn routines in floor exercise, balance beam, and the vault. After much anticipation, and 2 unexpected snow cancellations, the Special Olympics Gymnastics competition took place on Monday March 26, 2018. Easton Area High School hosted the 13th annual event. 165 gymnasts came ready to show their families, coaches, friends, and judges all their hard work. The event kicked off with opening ceremonies, and then the routines were on! The athletes tumbled, rolled, balanced, and jumped their way across the mats. Each routine started with the traditional one hand salute, and ended with an enthusiastic "TA DA!". Every athlete was proudly awarded a ribbon for each event. There was no shortage of sportsmanship, as the athletes cheered for their friends on the mats. This event is supported by so many wonderful volunteers. Many thanks to Easton Area High School, Student Council, security, custodians, administration, and student volunteers for your help and support. We are also grateful to the Easton Angels for holding their annual bake sale on behalf of Northampton County Special Olympics. Lastly, a special thank you to teachers and volunteers for your hard work and dedication to the athletes. As always, the event closed with a dance party! It was a fun event and we are looking forward to another great year!
20 classrooms and over 120 athletes had a great time going “under the sea” at our Special Special South event held at Nazareth Area High School on April 19, 2018. This year the athletes competed in multiple events such as target throw, scooter races, 25 yard dash, long jump, and so much more! Outside in the Olympic Village, NAHS created lots of fun activities for the kids such as watching a movie, creating a craft, coloring pages, face painting, and ball toss for them to enjoy when they were not competing. We even had a visit from our furry friends for some dog therapy time! The volunteers worked around the clock before the event to bring the “Little Mermaid” theme to life with pictures, balloons, streamers, and more! Looking around, you saw smiling faces and heard lots of giggles as wonderful student volunteers enjoyed the day with their athletes. The day was ended with a huge parade to cheer on our athletes and congratulate them on a job well done! As Ariel would say “We’ve got no troubles, life is the bubbles, under the sea!”
This year Northampton County Special Olympics took thirty-one of its’ top bowlers to the Eastern Sectional Bowling Competition held in Allentown, Pa. on March 25, 2018. Under Head Bowling Coach, Janelle Pemberton, the athletes threw many strikes and spares. All thirty one athletes and ten coaches were housed at the Rose Bowl. They each received a new maroon polo shirt to compete in. With the new format from the state, the open ceremonies were held at the lanes with our own Tyler Youngkin giving the opening speech and getting the bowlers pumped up for a fun day of competition. A huge thank you to all of the coaches and families who came out and cheered on our awesome bowlers!
Bowling pins were being knocked down and ribbons and trophies earned on December 7th. Students from 9 schools in Northampton County competed in the HS South Bowling Tournament. We had 127 bowlers trying for spares and strikes at Hampton Lanes in Northampton. A big THANK YOU goes out to Kylee Diaz from Pen Argyl HS for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Cassie Woolf from Freedom HS for singing the National Anthem and Masais Calderon from Pen Argyl HS for leading our athletes in the Special Olympic Athlete Oath. After training for 8 weeks these athletes were divisioned in lanes and competed against athletes from other schools to determine the top bowlers that day. We would like to congratulate all of our bowlers for doing such a great job competing and showing such good sportsmanship. Our top bowlers at this event were:
Bumpers Violet Young - 107 Robbie Epps - 116 No Bumpers Alexanjura Mongon - 112 Jordan Clinton - 107 Bumpers and Ramps Tamicqua Crawford - 108 Jesse Torcivia - 109
The sounds of basketballs bouncing, balls swishing through hoops, and balls being passed topartners could be heard in the Chrin Center Gymnasium. There were 25-30 athletespracticing their dribbling, passing, and shooting skills each Thursday afternoon for 8 weeks inMarch and April. Spot shooting, serpentine dribbling through cones, give and gos, keepaway, and 3 vs. 3 were just a few of the drills they worked on each week.It was great to see the improvement they made week to week. They worked on 3 basic skillsthat were tested at the start of the training, throughout the training,and at the end of thetraining for the FIT 5 Program. This enabled us to see the improvements they were makingand the goals they were meeting. Our athletes also learned how to take the skills theylearned to play in a 3 vs 3 game. They were able to work together with teammates to pass,shoot, rebound, and play defense.Ten athletes participated in the VIA Shoot Out at NCACC on March 31. They played two 3 vs 3games in the big court in front of a large crowd. Senior All-Stars from the Lehigh Valley werepresent and cheered for our athletes during their games. The highlight of the day for most ofour athletes was getting interviewed by Service Electric TV! They were asked questionsabout how they like playing in front of a large crowd and how they like being there with allthe Lehigh Valley Sr All-Stars! There were smiles galore on all of our athletes faces!For the first time, seven of our athletes participated in a Special Olympic BasketballCompetition at Moravian College on April 22! They played three games against teams fromBethlehem and Lehigh Counties in a 3 vs 3 competition. All of the teams we played againsthave competed at Kutztown and Penn State, and our team did an outstanding job against thestiff competition! This was a great learning experience for our athletes and for the coaches.But the best part of the day was seeing all the smiles, high fives, and hugs between theathletes; the pizza they served after the games wasn’t too bad either! Looking forward tonext year and seeing what our athletes will accomplish!
The Northampton County Equestrians are braving the continuing cold weather and are back in the saddle for the 6th year. Ten riders train weekly to improve their skills in preparation for our Local Horse Show on May 22nd . The show will begin at 5pm at Equilibrium, 524 Fehr Road, Nazareth PA. Come cheer us on! Riders are also working to improve overall fitness through the Special Olympic Fit 5 Program.
On June 5th, 2018, We would like to invite all NCSO athletes and their families to join FreeFall Trampoline Park as they celebrate local Pennsylvania Special Olympics Participants from Carbon, Monroe, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties. FreeFall has invited other organizations focusing on those with special needs to be also attend and show support. Many of the guests who regularly attend Special Needs Nights are excited about the idea of meeting more local Special Olympic Competitors.
Northampton County Special Olypmics