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Special Olympics Hamilton County

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Basketball: Open to ages 8+.  Basketball is a favorite among SOHC athletes. In addition to team competition. We offer individual skills competition, which allows athletes to train and compete in basic basketball skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to team play. These events include target pass, ten-meter dribble and spot shot. Skills is good for those, that do not, do well in a game setting.  We have basketball teams that are traditional and unified (See below for unified definition). Teams are split up into groups: Youth 8-15 (M/F), Junior 16-21, Senior 21+, and womens teams. Practice is once a week.  Winter Season. Director: John Cole


Bocce:  Open to ages 30+. Bocce is a game of skill and strategy. The object is for one team to get as many of their balls (boccia) closer to the pallina (the smallest ball) than the opposing team's closest ball. There are traditional and unified teams available. Practice is once a week. Spring Season. Coach: Leslie Carothers


Bowling: Open to ages 8+. Bowling is one of the favorite sports played by our athletes. Some modifications are made for athletes with physical disabilities such as athletes that use bowling ball ramps for wheelchair purposes. We offer Individual (Singles) Competition, and Unified (4 person) Team. Practice is on Sunday afternoons at Bowl 32, in Noblesville. Fall Season.

Coach: Chelsie Hufferd


Cheerleading: Open to ages 8+. Cheerleaders will learn basic cheer and dance skills.  Practice is held once a week. Fall and Winter Seasons. Coach: Tiffany Yust


Corn Hole:  Open to ages 8+ Traditional and unified events offered, during EKS games. Practice will be once a week. Summer Season. Coach: Leslie Carothers


Cycling: Open to ages 8+. Cycling is held on a circular track offering three types of events, during summer games. The first event is modified with a 500m and 1K, the second event is the traditional events with a 500m, 1K and a 5K, and the third event is the unified events that are 500m and 1K tandem events. Practice is once a week. Spring Season. Coach: Jim Gunn


Disc Golf: Open to ages 8+. Disc Golf gives athletes and unified partners a chance to have fun and exercise, while taking in nature. Practice takes place on a course made specifically for disk golf in Carmel. Disc Golf is designed for athletes of all ages and skill level.  Fall Season. Coach: Kraig Proctor


Distance Running and Walking: Open to ages 8+.  Distance running and walking is open to any level of athlete and unified partner. The distances are a 3K (1.8 miles) or a 5K (3.1 miles) and this can be done running or walking. Together the athlete and coach will decide on the distance and if they will run or walk at the EKS Games. A unified partner can join an athlete and compete alongside of them. Practice is once a week. Summer Season.  Coach: Rebecca Hollander


Equestrian:  Open to ages 8+.  Equestrian is held at the Agape Therapeutic Riding Center in Cicero. The session includes 8 lessons and the competition is in the middle of September. Equestrian has a limited amount of athlete openings and there are requirements to be able to participate in this sport. Please inquire if you are interested in Equestrian. Practices are once a week. Summer Season.  Coach: Deb Usher


Flag Football: Open to ages 8+.  Flag football is a traditional and/or unified team sport. We also offer Individual Skills Competition for athletes that aren’t able to play in a team setting. Practice is once a week with several games during the season. Summer Season.  Coach: David Kinsey


Golf: Open to ages 8+. Like most golfers, Special Olympics athletes are driven by the opportunity to compete. Program planning is designed to develop individual golf skills that enhance performance, allowing the athlete to achieve success in playing the game. The Golf program is centered on two educational phases designed to encompass all skill levels: learning to swing a golf club and learning to play the game. Athletes may participate in Skills, 9-hole stroke play or 18-hole stroke play.Golf offers Individual Skills Competition, Traditional Individual 3, 6, or 9 hole Competition, and also Unified 2 person Competition. Practice is once a week and is scheduled at one of the local golf courses.  Summer Season.  Coach: Jim Schmith


Horseshoes: Open to ages 30+. Horseshoes is an outdoor game played between two people (or two teams of two people) using four horseshoes and two throwing targets (stakes) set in a sandbox area. The game is played by the players alternating turns tossing horseshoes at stakes in the ground, which are traditionally placed 40 feet (12 m) apart. Modern games use a more stylized U-shaped bar, about twice the size of an actual horseshoe. Coach: TBD



Powerlifting: Open to ages 14+. Every athlete aims in lifting more weights than the opponent using specific moves. In Special Olympics Powerlifting is much more than deadlift, squat or bench press. It is effort, persistence and loyalty. Training, determination and attitude, are the key facts that define the balance between a successful or a failed attempt. The barbell, despite testing the physical strength, is also highlighting the athlete’s inner wish to improve, “not to make compromises."    Practice is three times a week. Spring Season. Coach: Tyler Miller


Softball:  Open to ages 8+. Softball is an exciting team sport in Special Olympics. Athletes play slow-pitch softball, which involves two teams of 10 athletes each. Special Olympics offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic softball skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to team competition. Skills is good for those who do not like to be in a game setting. These skills include base running, fielding and throwing. We offer traditional and unified (see below for unified info) softball teams. Practices are once a week and there will be several games and tournaments throughout the summer season. Director: John Moore


Soccer:  Open to ages 8+. Soccer is considered the world's most popular sport for children and adults around the world.  Athletes are able to improve their overall physical fitness through training and competition. In addition to offering traditional soccer, Special Olympics Soccer offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic soccer skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to team competition. Practice is once a week. Spring and Fall Seasons. Coach: John Stoller


Swimming: Open to ages 8+. Swimming is open to all level of swimmers.  This is not a "learn to swim" program. Athletes must know how to swim. Practices are held on Monday and Saturday.  Athletes learn swimming techniques by practicing, getting in shape, and have lots of fun. Spring and Fall Seasons. Coach: Tom Derksen


Tennis:  Open to ages 8+. Like mainstream tennis, Special Olympics Tennis gives athletes the opportunity to learn and perform a variety of skills that can be played throughout life. In addition to offering traditional singles and doubles events, Special Olympics offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic tennis skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to match play. SOHC has partnered with Champions Together Carmel to offer a Tennis program to our athletes.  All practices are held at Carmel High School tennis courts. Summer Season.

Coach: Nick Hennessey


Track & Field: Open to ages 8+. Track and field is available for all levels of athletes. There are motor development events, assisted walking events, wheelchair events, track events, field events, and a unified team event. There is an Area Meet, summer games competition, and possibly  unified clinics and competitions with community schools. Practice is twice a week. Spring Season. Coach: John Cole


Triathlon:  Open to ages 8+. Triathlon is a three-sport athletic competition involving swimming, cycling, and running. Triathlon is an endurance sport and athletes train in all three disciplines developing increased physical fitness and cardiovascular benefits. The sport of triathlon encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Summer Season. Coach: Craig Yust


Volleyball: Open to ages 8+. Athletes participating in Special Olympics Volleyball benefit from the camaraderie that comes from competing in a  unified team sport, as well as the training that enables them to successfully serve and return a volleyball. SOHC offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic volleyball skills. Athletes will participate and compete in this Unified Sport where teams are made up of a proportionate number of athletes and partners. This sport will follow the Special Olympics Sports Rules for Volleyball, which are based upon the United States Volleyball Association rules. Summer Season. Coach: Abby McKean


Young Athletes:  The Young Athletes program is for children ages 2 – 7 years old and focuses on basic skills to prepare them for traditional participation in Special Olympics.  Click here for more information.












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