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 (email@example.com), 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
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.
Lily enjoying a cookie from Great Harvest that's as big as her head and some Luna hot chocolate!
The most important part of any Special Olympics event is the time spent with friends and the memories made!
Special Olympics Virtual Fitness
Our Virtual Fitness training is off to an amazing start! We have 16 Syble Hopp athletes connecting and exercising each week. The sense of community and comradery among our athletes has been my favorite part of the training sessions. Our student athletes are looking forward to seeing how much their fitness scores have improved over these last several weeks.