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.
Northampton County Special Olypmics