This year’s Special Olympics High School North event took place November 9, 2018 at Summit
Lanes, in Pocono Summit. We had 118 athletes participate in this event and it was a wonderful
day. Six athletes went home with trophies for bowling high scores in each category. Using
bumpers for female and male, and using no bumpers for female and male. Some of these
athletes will continue onto states in January 2019!
Pins were being knocked down and high fives were being given out at Hampton Lanes on
November 8, 2018.
There were 140 athletes competing in the High School South Bowling Tournament using
bumpers, bumpers and ramps, and without bumpers. Smiles were seen from ear to ear when
the pins went down!
A special thank you goes out to a few of our athletes that helped make the day special! Logan
Wismer made the artwork seen on the front cover of the bowling packet, Masais Calderon led
everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Austin Heddy recited the Special Olympic Athlete’s
Oath at the event!
All of the athletes bowled to the best of their ability and earned ribbons that they proudly wore
back to their schools! Thank you to all of the teachers who helped train their students, the
athletes for working so hard to get ready for this event, and the families that came out to cheer
and support all of the athletes!
Male without Bumpers- Josh Croft 132
Female without Bumpers- Kiana Roman 115
Male with Bumpers - Harold LaForm 133
Female with Bumpers- Kayla Johnson 122
Male with Bumpers and Ramp- Kyle Bicking 107
Female with Bumpers and Ramp- Karissa Dreher 102
This year flag football was held at the Chrin Community Center in Palmer Township with 21 athletes participating. Each week one athlete would be chosen to lead the stretching exercises. The athletes were taught the basic skills of flag football such as passing, kicking, and pulling off their opponents’ flags. They also learned how to play offensive and defensive positions. Each athlete was given a Fit5 program information booklet, which was then reviewed at the beginning of our weekly practices. Part of the Fit5 program was to test athletes in their ability to throw for accuracy, throw for distance, agility and speed. A great time was had by all coaches and athletes, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again next year.
Special Olympics Basketball Skills ran from early September until November. Twenty athletes practiced their dribbling, passing, and shooting skills in various drills and game situations. The athletes worked very hard to dribble around cones and with a defender trying to take the ball away from them. They learned the bounce and chest passes and could pass to their teammates with accuracy. Shooting was by far the most favorite skill they practiced! Balls were being shot from different spots on the court and they even learned how to do a layup! Playing defense was the hardest skill we worked on. Our athletes got much better staying between their player and the basket! The final training they played 3 vs 3 and had some shooting games! Our athletes really improved during the 8 weeks and loved competing against each other! So very proud of how hard our athletes worked and how much they improved! Way to go Northampton County Basketball!
Northampton County Special Olypmics