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.
Syble Hopp Special Olympics Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing practices will be on every Saturday at 10:00 AM starting on January 9th and going through February 13th. These practices will take place at three county parks: Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, Neshota County Park, and the Reforestation Camp. Our snowshoeing season will culminate in an in house Winter Games at Syble Hopp School on Saturday, February 20th, starting at 10:00 AM. Immediate family will be welcome to come to cheer on our athletes. The expectation is that all spectators remain physically distanced while wearing masks. The competition will be followed with hot chocolate, cookies, and awards for all of the athletes that participate.
Special Olympics Virtual Fitness
Our Virtual Fitness training is going to start on Wednesday, February 3rd. The Virtual Fitness season will last for 8 weeks culminating in a final competition on Wednesday, March 24th.