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Special Olympics Hamilton County

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Registration: May 15th through June 1st

Practice: June (After Summer Games) to September

EKS Games are held in September


Corn Hole: Open to ages 8+ There will be traditional events and also unified events. Practice will be once a week and then the big competition will be held at the EKS Games. Coach: Leslie Carothers


Distance Running and Walking:  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 and ending with the EKS Games in September. Coach: Rebecca Hollander


Flag Football: 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. The season ends with the big tournament at the EKS Games. Coach: David Kinsey


Golf: 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. There is a golf sectional and then a big competition at the EKS Games in September. Coach: Jim Schmith


Softball: 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 season. Director: John Moore 


Tennis: 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. Coach: Nick Hennessey


Triathlon: 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. This sport is only open to a small amount of athletes.  Not guaranteed a position. Coach: Craig Yust 


Volleyball: 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. Coach: Abby McKean 




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