Team Basketball Tournament in Neenah, Saturday, January 21st
State Winter Games in Wausau, February 10th-12th
Polar Plunge at the Brown County Fairgrounds, Saturday, February 25th
What is Special Olympics?
Special Olympics is an avenue for our student athletes at Syble Hopp School to compete against other athletes within our area, our state, and even our country. Our student athletes can participate in a variety of individual sports, team sports, and unified sports. Check out the Special Olympics Wisconsin Mission.
Why you should get your child involved in Special Olympics?
It’s a great way to make friends (within our school, with unified partners, and other agency members)
It provides extra opportunities for your child to improve skills
Your child will get extra exercise
Your child will have the opportunity to be a part of a team
It teaches responsibility (bringing appropriate attire and being prepared) and independence
How to get your child signed up for our Special Olympics Program?
Parents and athlete sign our Special Olympics Code of Conduct
Parents and athlete sign a Participant Release Form and Athlete Registration Form
Parents complete a portion of Special Olympics Physical Form and have their child's doctor complete the second portion of the Special Olympics Physical Form
After these sheets are turned in, your son or daughter is eligible to begin practicing and competing for our program. Check out the Special Olympics’ forms.
I communicate with families using Remind 101 (sign up by texting @hoppso to 81010), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and notes home to parents. I typically send out a Remind 101 text and a note about a month prior to a sport's season starting to see if you want your son or daughter to participate. If you commit to having your son or daughter participate, then you will receive an additional text and note the week of the competition outlining where the competition is, what time your athlete needs to arrive, and the travel accommodations for that competition.
With our expanding numbers, I'm always looking for additional help. The three ways parents, family members, and friends can involved with our program are by becoming a volunteer (class A), a unified partner (class B), or a coach. Unified partners compete alongside my student athletes in competitive activities against other unified teams. I'm trying to move more towards having my class B volunteers being school-aged athletes instead of simply using teachers and parents. Class A volunteers are typically parents who are attending Special Olympics events anyway, so they help me out at competitions with whatever I may need. The most involved opportunity for helping occurs with coaching. I currently coach all of our sports with additional help for our sports teams. If you are interested in helping in anyway, then you can click on the appropriate link and it will walk you through the steps to become a unified partner, volunteer, or coach.
Will won a silver medal!
Jay won a silver medal!
Julia won a 7th place finish and Addy won a silver medal!
Our state bowlers rockin' and rollin' at Dale's Weston Lanes!
Syble Hopp School had 19 people plunge. As a team we raised close to $6,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Thank you everyone who supported us by plunging, donating, or cheering us on!
Syble Hopp Intramural Bocce Ball
A few action shots from the Intramural Bocce Ball Tournament
Big shout out to all of the student athletes that helped out keeping score during the tournament!
"Win or lose, we're all still Kangaroos!"
Thank you friends and families for coming out and supporting our student athletes.
Syble Hopp Intramural Soccer
The intramural soccer game was the last event of the year through Hopp Athletics. I want to give a big shout out to my three outgoing seniors in this picture: Gabby, Josh, and Jordan. I'm incredibly proud of how all three of these athletes have represented Syble Hopp School and navigated the pandemic over the course of these last few years. Each of them could have been bitter for not getting to end their time at Syble Hopp traditionally, but they took everything in stride from virtual fitness classes to intramural competitions with their peers. Our program and school will miss each of you, but we know you will continue to do great things within our community. I'm also proud that I had 11 athletes who've never played team soccer before sign up to try it. If there's a silver lining to the craziest that these last few years have brought, it's that we've had student athletes get out of their comfort zone and try new activities. We've also had several students just begin to get involved! It's awesome to see the program continue to grow!
Syble Hopp Track and Field
On behalf of all of our athletes and our program, I want to say thank you to all of family, friends, and volunteers that came out to support our track and field event!
"People don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care." -Theodore Roosevelt
Syble Hopp Intramural Basketball Skills Competition
Division 1 Level 1 Basketball Skills
Division 2 Level 1 Basketball Skills
Division 3 Level 1 Basketball Skills
Division 4 Level 2 Basketball Skills
Sean running out after being introduced
Holland running out after being introduced
2021 Basketball Skills Athletes
Hannah preparing to sing the National Anthem
Syble Hopp Special Olympics Snowshoeing
Division 1 50 M Snowshoe Race
Division 2 50 M Snowshoe Race
Division 3 50 M Snowshoe Race
Division 4 50 M Snowshoe Race
Division 1 100 M Snowshoe Race
Division 2 100 M Snowshoe Race
Division 3 100 M Snowshoe Race
Division 4 100 M Snowshoe Race
Gabby preparing to sing the National Anthem
What isn't shown in this picture is that just prior to her starting singing our other Senior girl, Hannah, came over and they both sang beautifully together. We couldn't have started our State Winter Games in a better way!
Josh and Jordan saying the Special Olympics' athlete oath
I'm thankful that all four of our Seniors were able to take part in our Opening Ceremonies. These four have definitely left their mark on the program, and it was special to be able to honor them throughout the day.