Special Olympics in CCSD 89
Community Consolidated School District 89 offers a year-round Special Olympic athletics program that provides opportunities for all students to contribute.
Students can participate on the unified soccer team in the fall, unified basketball in the winter, and on the track-and-field team in the spring.
Soccer: In CCSD 89, soccer is a unified sport, meaning traditional Special Olympic athletes compete alongside peer partners. In order to participate, athletes must be in grades 5-8. The team practices once a week for eight weeks, and then competes in a tournament at the end of the season. The coach for the team is Mike Casmer.
Basketball: In CCSD 89, basketball is a unified sport, meaning traditional Special Olympic athletes compete alongside peer partners. In order to participate, athletes must attend Glen Crest Middle School. The team practices once a week for eight weeks, and then competes in a tournament on March 10, at the end of the season. The coach of the team is Danny Sheridan.
Track and field: The track-and-field team is open to middle and elementary school students, beginning in second grade. The team practices once a week for eight weeks with peer buddies and other coaches. The team competes in the Regional Meet, typically held at Marmion Academy, and team members have an opportunity to advance to the state meet. The coaches for the team are Jackie Sabini (head coach), Mike Casmer, Paige Martino, and Danny Sheridan.
The athletic director for the Special Olympics program is Westfield teacher Paige Martino. Anyone seeking more information about Special Olympics can contact Martino at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 858-2770, extension 3378, or CCSD 89 Director of Student Services Gene Olsen at email@example.com or (630) 469-8900, extension 3515.
Young Athletes program
The Young Athletes program is designed for individuals ages 2 to 7 to participate in play-based sports with their peers as an introduction the world of Special Olympics sports competitions. The coaches for the Young Athletes program are CCSD 89 preschool teachers Chris Gillis, Becky Kelly, Nancy Ciolek, and Julia Spencer. Throughout the school year, the teachers work on various athletic skills with their students to prepare them for the culminating event that is held in the spring.