"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt"

- Special Olympics Athlete Oath

Training and Competition

Special Olympics PA – Area M offers training and competition in 20 different Olympic-type sports. We have training sites throughout Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and Northern York Counties. Click here for our latest Training Brochure

Winter Sports and Competitions: October – March

Alpine Skiing

Area M Ski Clinics begin in January with the local competition following the Clinics the end of January. The clinics are primarily school based so any ADULT athlete would need to contact Coach Kathy Charron at 717-697-8813 or Coach Anne Gallaher 717514-1718 in November or December to sign up. You MUST attend a clinic in order to advance to competition.

Training: Ski Round Top (925 Roundtop Road * Lewisberry, Pennsylvania 17339) Head Coach: Kathy Charron 717-697-8813 khcharron@yahoo.com
2019 Clinic Dates: January 2, 4, 8, 10, and 14

Competitions: Area M Local Ski Competition (Qualifiers only)
Ski Round Top
January 23, 2019


State Winter Games
Seven Springs Resort        February 10-12, 2019

Floor Hockey

Area M Floor Hockey training runs from November through February with the state competition in the beginning of March. Area M offers Floor Hockey training at 3 different sites, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Susquenita Elementary School and Newport Family Life Center.

Trainings:

Susquenita Elementary School (Schoolhouse Rd, Duncannon)
Head Coach: Maryellen Brown 717-514-0756 snickersbrown5@gmail.com
2018/2019 Schedule: Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:45pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Starting:  November 14, 2018 Ending: February 27, 2019

 
**No training on November 21, December 26, and January 2, 2019**

Otterbein United Methodist Church (647 Forge Rd, Carlisle)
Head Coach: Richard Heintz 717-713-3238  tallcoolone1967@yahoo.com
2018/2019 Schedule: Wednesday's 5:45pm - 7pm
Start Date: November 14  End Date: February 27, 2019 
**No training on November 21, December 26, and January 2, 2019**

Newport Family Life Center (27 W. Shortcut Rd, Newport)
Head Coach: Deb Kinney 717-648-6497 dkinney@pa.net
2018/2019 Schedule: Monday's 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Start Date: November 26  End Date: February 25, 2019 
**No training on December 24th and 31st

Competitions:
Area M Floor Hockey Invitational
Susquenita Schools
TBD

SOPA INDOOR WINTER GAMES
York County Expo Center
March 2-4 2019 

Ice Speed Skating

Area M holds several School Based Ice Speed Skating Clinics beginning in October followed by the competition in November. Adult athletes that would like to attend the clinics will need to contact Coach Brett Eshenour to sign up 717-691-7050. Contact Coach Eshenour for 2018 Clinic dates

Area M’s regular season trainings are held at the Hershey Arena from November thru February.

Training: Hershey Arena (Hershey Park)
Head Coach: Brett Eshenour 717-691-7050 beshenour@msn.com
2018/2019 Schedule: Ice Training, Sunday’s 4:30pm-5:30pm
Start Date: November 18, 2018 End Date: February 24, 2019
Dryland Training @ Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren, Tuesday 7pm-8pm January15- February 26, 2019 at training

Competitions: Area M Local Speed Skating Competition (Qualifiers only)
Hershey Arena
November 28, 2018

SOPA Indoor Winter Games
York County Expo Center
March 2-4, 2019

Spring Sports and Competitions: January - August

Swimming

Make a splash with the Area M Swimming Program.

We have three different training sites for SWIMMING, The Hershey Recreation Center, West Shore YMCA and Shippensburg University. Swimming training takes place between the months of October and May with the State competition in June at Penn State University. So come on out and swim some laps.

Trainings:

Hershey Recreation Center (605 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033)
Head Coach: Nancy Siler 717-497-0618 nsiler341@comcast.net
2018/2019 Schedule: Tuesday’s 7:30pm-8:30pm
Start Date: November 13, 2018 End Date: May 14, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                               **No training December 25 and January 1, 2019

West Shore YMCA (410 Fallowfield Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011)
Head Coach: Kim Goodsir 717-975-3837 kimgoodsir@yahoo.com
2018/2019 Schedule: Sunday’s 5:30pm-6:15pm(beginners)
6:15pm-7:00pm (lap swimmers)
Start Date: October 14, 2018 End Date May 19, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ** No Training: November 24, December 23 and 30, February 3, April 21 and May 12 and 26

Shippensburg University (1871 Old Main Dr, Shippensburg, PA 17257)
Head Coach: Jen Flinchbaugh 717-683-7440 jen.flinchbaugh@yahoo.com
2018/2019 Schedule: Thursday’s 6:00pm-7:00pm
Start Date: September 6, 2018 End Date: May 2, 2019
**No Training November 22, December 13, 2018 thru January 17, 2019, February 21 & March 14, 2019**

 

Competitions: Area M Games
Messiah College
April 11, 2019  

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
June 6-8, 2019

Swimming also competes at a couple of invitationals each year dates and locations are TBD

Athletics

Area M serves 22 School Districts and the CAIU all of which should be training their students/athletes in athletics.

All of the schools then compete in the local school meets at, East Pennsboro, Harrisburg, Dickinson College and other locations. All of this training is getting you ready for the Special Olympics PA - Area M AREA M GAMES that are held at Messiah College. Both school aged and adult athletes are welcome at Area M Games at Messiah College. We look forward to seeing you at that event.

Area M also holds a community based Athletics program to train and prepare athletes for State level competition held in June. Our community based program trains from March through May.

Trainings:

Susquenita High School Track (309 Schoolhouse Road, Duncannon, PA 17020)
Head Coach: Maryellen Brown 717-514-0756 snickersbrown5@gmail.com
2018 Schedule:  Sundays 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Start Date: March 18  End Date: May 13                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    **  No training on April 1

Millersburg High School Track (799 Center St, Millersburg, PA 17061)
Head Coach: Mark Himmelreich 717- 580-3263 himmy01@gmail.com
2018 Schedule:  Fridays 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Start Date: March  23     End Date:    May 18                                                                                    

Competitions: Various locations host school based Local Competition

Area M Games
Messiah College (1 College Ave, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055)
April 19, 2018

Area M Spring Thing
Cumberland Valley High School
Sunday, May  13, 2018

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
May 31-June 2, 2018

Basketball

Area M basketball offers training to all different ability levels. We offer training in Skills, 3v3 (half court), and 5v5 (full court). There is a level of competition for every athlete. Our basketball program will start training as early as January and run through May with the State completion being held at Penn State University in June. Basketball training is offered at three different sites, Central Dauphin East High, Otterbein U.M. Church in Boiling Springs, and Newport High School.

Trainings:

Central Dauphin East High School (626 Rutherford Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109)
Head Coach: Herb Packer 717-731-9385 herbsobb11@gmail.com
2018 Schedule: Sunday’s 1:30pm-3:30pm
Start Date:  February 4, 2018 End Date: May 13, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              **No Training on March 11, April 1 & 29

Otterbein United Methodist Church(647 Forge Road, Carlisle)
Head Coach: Eddie Wright 717-701-2474 eddie3335@yahoo.com
2018 Schedule: Monday’s 5:45pm-7:00pm
Start Date: February 19  End Date: May 14

Newport Elementary School 
Head Coach: Deb Kinney 717-648-6497 dkinney@pa.net
2018 Schedule: Tuesdays 6:30 pm-7:30 pm - will switch to Mondays starting March 5
Start Date: February 13  End Date: May 14
**No training on April 2

Competitions:

Adams Co. Invitational
Gettysburg College (300 N. Washington Street, Gettysburg PA)
Sunday, March TBD

Central Spring Sectionals
St. Francis University (Loretto, PA)
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Area M Spring Thing
Cumberland Valley High School
Sunday, May 13, 2018

 

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
May 31-June 2, 2018

Golf

Area M holds training at both Range End Golf Club in Dillsburg and Sportsman Golf Club in Harrisburg. Golf will try to start training in April, depending on the weather, and will train well into August. Our Golfers will attend a few invitationals in other counties. The State competition for Golf is held in June at Penn State University.

Trainings:

Sportsmans Golf Course (3800 Linglestown Road Harrisburg, PA)
Head Coach: Earl Ewing 717-566-6182 epewing@msn.com
2018 Schedule: Monday’s 6:00pm- Dark
Start Date: April 9, 2018  End Date: August 27, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           **No Training May 28, 2018

Range End Golf Couse(303 Golf Club Ave. Dillsburg, PA)
Head Coach: David Dempsey 717-440-5671 m2ddemp@gmail.com
2018 Schedule: Tuesday’s 5:30pm -Dark
Start Date: April 10, 2018  End Date:  September 4, 2018

Competitions:

Adams County Invitational
South Hills Golf Club (925 West Minster Ave Hanover, PA)
August

Clinton County Invitational
Belle Springs Golf Course (Fairground Road. Mackeyville, PA)
September

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
May 31-June 2, 2018

Gymnastics

Area M Gymnastics takes place at Cumberland Gymnastics.

If you are interested please contact Coach Kim Egger at 440-0635, it’s never too late to sign up for Gymnastics because it is a sport that practices almost year round. Gymnastics offers both Artistic and Rhythmic training. Our Gymnastic program attends several invitationals throughout the season and we also host an invitational in May. Gymnastics competes at the State Level at Penn State University in June. Please contact Coach Kim Egger for the practice schedule.

Trainings:

Cumberland Gymnastics (221 Petersburg Road. Carlisle, PA)
Head Coach: Kim Egger 717-440-0635 chuckegger@embarqmail.com
2018 Schedule: Varies Please contact Coach Kim for details.

Competitions: Our Gymnastics Team attends a couple of invitationals hosted by other programs each year.

Area M Gymnastics Invitational
Cumberland Gymnastics ( 221 Petersburg Road. Carlisle, PA)
May

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
May 31-June 2, 2018

Softball

Area M Softball practices in two locations one is held at Mt Zion United Methodist Church in Enola and at Village Park in Carlisle. Our softball program trains Traditional teams and Unified teams as well as skills.

The softball program begins training in March and they train the whole way through June. Our softball teams participate in a couple of invitationals as well the Area M Spring Thing in May. State Level Competition for Softball is held in June at Penn State University.

Trainings:

Mt Zion United Methodist Church(4685 Mt Zion Dr, Enola, PA 17025)
Head Coach: Dan Roach 717-648-6535 firefighter121@comcast.net
2018 Schedule: Wednesday’s 5:30pm-7:30pm
Start Date: March 7   End Date: May 23

Village Park(1830 Suncrest Dr, Carlisle, PA 17013)
Head Coach: Dan Roach 717-648-6535 firefighter121@comcast.net
2018 Schedule: Sunday's 2:00pm-4:00pm
Start Date: April 8 End Date: May 6

Competitions: Area M Softball travels to a couple of invitationals a year.

Area M Spring Thing
Cumberland Valley Schools
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
May 31- June 2, 2018

Tennis

Area M Tennis program trains February- June. Tennis starts their trainings indoor and moves out side when the weather warms up.

Tennis competes in our Local invitational and the State competition for Tennis will be held in June at Penn State University.

Trainings:


Camp Hill High School (100 S. 24th St. Camp Hill, PA) - INDOOR TRAINING
Head Coach: Renee Kolacek 717-645-1254 renee.kolacek@gmail.com
2018 Schedule: Thursday's 6:00pm-7:00pm
Start Date: March 1   End Date: March 29

Camp Hill High School Tennis Courts 
Head Coach: Renee Kolacek 717-645-1254 renee.kolacek@gmail.com
2018 Schedule: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s  6:00pm-7:00pm
Start Date: April  3  End Date:  May 24

Competitions: Area M Spring Thing
Cumberland Valley Schools
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
May 31- June 2, 2018

Fall Sports and Competitions: July-November

Bocce

Bocce Bocce Ball…Who wants to play some Bocce BALL?!?!
Currently, Area M has four training sites for bocce, The Hershey Italian Lodge, Soldiers and Sailors Park in Mechanicsburg, Carlisle's Village Park and Upper Dauphin Area High School. Bocce trains from July through October. Our Bocce players get quite a few competitions in before heading to the State Competition being held at Villanova University in November. So throw the palina and lets get the game started.

Trainings:
Hershey Italian Lodge (128 Hillcrest Road Hershey, PA)
Head Coach: Bill Griffiths 717-574-0697 wgriffiths01@comcast.net
2018 Schedule: Saturday’s 9:ooam - 10:15am
Start Date: July 21  End Date: October 13  ** No Training September 15 and 22

Village Park(1830 Suncrest Drive, Carlisle, PA)
Head Coach: Skip Deaven 717-962-6363 padlad@yahoo.com
2018 Schedule: Thursday’s 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: July 12 End Date: October 18  ** No training August 9 and 16 and September 20

Soldiers & Sailors Park (1 Memorial Park Dr, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Head Coach: Ernie Christopher 717-249-7132 einrechristopher@yahoo.com
2017 Schedule: Wednesday's 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: July 18  End Date: October 17

Upper Dauphin Area High School(220 N. Church Street Elizabethville, PA)
Head Coach: Ruth Shiro 717-451-5382 rutheshiro@gmail.com
2018 Schedule: Saturday’s 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Start Date: July 21 End Date: October 27  ** No training August 4, September 29 and October 6

Competitions: Area M training sites offer mini meets with other programs a few times a season.

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School/ Italian Lodge
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Central Fall Sectionals
Juniata College (1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA)
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Bloomsburg Bocce Bash
Bloomsburg University ( 400 E.2nd Street, Bloomsburg, PA)
Sunday,  October 21, 2018

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 2-4, 2018

Bowling

Area M’s largest participating sport, bowling, just keeps growing and growing every year.
Our bowling training starts in August and we host our local bowling competition in November. State competition for Bowling is held in March In York at Indoor Winter Games. Come on out to one of the four training sites, Midway Bowling Center, ABC North Bowling Center, Trindle Bowl and ValleyLanes in Upper Dauphin. We hope to see you at the alley!

Trainings:
Midway Bowling Center (1561 Holly Pike, Carlisle, PA)
Head Coach: Marge Zimmerman 717-732-6756 areamsports@specialolympicspa.org
2018 Schedule: Tuesday’s 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Start Date: August 7  End Date: September25

ABC NORTH Lanes(5305 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA)
Head Coach: Joe Wass 717-657-2626 sobick@verizon.net
2018 Schedule: Sunday’s 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Start Date: August 5  End Date: October 14                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               **No training September 2&16 and October 7, 2018

Trindle Bowl (4695 E. Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA)
Head Coach: Louise Bell 717-566-0311 areamvolunteer@msn.com
2018 Schedule: Sunday’s 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Start Date:August 12  End Date: October 14, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ** No Training September 2&16, and October 7, 2018          

Valley Bowl, Elizabethville ( 4865 State Drive, Elizabethville, PA 17023)
Head Coach: Ruth and Ricky Shiro 717-451-5382 rutheshiro@gmail.com
2018 Schedule: Tuesdays  6:30pm-8:30pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Start Date: August 28  End Date:  October 23, 2018
** No Training September 25 and October 2, 2018

Competitions: Area M Local Bowling Tournament

Trindle Bowl (4695 E. Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday, November 11, 2018

Central Bowling Sectionals
All Local Houses
Sunday, January 20, 2019

Special Olympics PA Indoor Winter Games
York County Expo Center
March 2-3, 2019

Long Distance Running/Walking:

Area M LDR/LDW is the sport for everyone and anyone. You can walk, you can run, any distance you are able, it is a great way to get in shape and stay there. We offer training at three sites, Adam Ricci Park in Enola, Wiconisco Park in Millersburg and the Carlisle Barracks Army Heritage. We work hard so that we can go to the State competition at Villanova University in November.

Trainings:
Adam Ricci Park (100 East Penn Drive, Enola, PA)
Head Coach: Bob Long 717-732-0489 pine0712@aol.com
2018 Schedule: Tuesday’s 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Start Date: August 14  End Date: October 22                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ***Time changes to 5:30pm-6:45pm starting October 2, 2018

Carlisle Barracks Army Heritage
Head Coach: Eddie Wright 717-701-2474 eddie3335@yahoo.com
2018 Schedule: Thursday’s 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: August 16  End Date: October 25

Wiconisco Park(798 Water Company Road, Millersburg)
Head Coach: Mark Himmelreich 717-580-3263 himmy01@gmail.com
2018 Schedule: Thursday’s 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: August 8  End Date: October 25

Competitions:

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 2-4, 2018

Powerlifting:

We offer training in Powerlifting at Crossfit717.
Powerlifting is a relatively new sport for us. Powerlifting trains from July through October with the State competition being at Villanova University in November.

Trainings:
Crossfit717(836 Market Street, Lemoyne, PA)
Head Coach: Mark Himmelreich 717-580-3263 himmy01@gmail.com
2017 Schedule: Sunday’s 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Start Date: July 29  End Date: October 28, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ***No Training September 2, and 16 and October 7, 2018

Competitions:

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 2-4, 2018

 

 

Roller Skating

Artistic, Speed Quad, and Inline Skating are all offered at the Olympic Skating Center in Enola.
Rollerskating trains on Monday. Competition for Rollerskating takes place in November at Villanova University. This sport trains July through October. Call Coach Deb Meck, 717-216-9935 for more information. Roll on Area M!

Trainings:
Olympics Skating Center (60 E. Shady Lane, Enola, PA)
Head Coach: Debbie Meck 717-216-9935 rollerskatingcoach@yahoo.com
2018 Schedule: Monday’s 6:30pm-8:30pm
Start Date: July 2 End Date: October 29                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ***No Training every third Monday of the month

Competitions: Our Rollerskaters travel to a couple on invitationals each year

Area M Rollerskating Invitational
Olympic Skating Center
August 12, 2018

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 2-4, 2018

Soccer

Soccer training is held at Harrisburg Area Community College.
Soccer training is held from the end of July thru the end of October. State Level competition for soccer is held at Villanova University in November. We offer skills competition; 11v11, 7v7, and 5v5 so get out there and kick the ball around.

Trainings:
Harrisburg Are Community College (1 Hacc Drive, Harrisburg, PA)
Head Coach: Tom Hurst 717-571-4937 djtommyt106@aol.com
Mike Sanders 717-657-8357 m41357s@verizon
2018 Schedule: Monday’s 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: July 23, 2018  End Date: October 29, 2018

***No Training September 3 and 17

Competitions:

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Central Fall Sectionals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Juniata College (1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  September 23, 2018

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 2-4, 2018

Volleyball

Athletes can set, spike and serve it up at three different locations, Susquenita High School, Otterbein U.M. Church, and also the Newport Family Life Center.

Volleyball begins training in August and runs through the end of October. The state level competition for Volleyball is held at Villanova University in November. Area M offers training in Skills competition and both Traditional and Unified Team training.

Trainings:
Susquenita High School (Schoolhouse Road, Duncannon)
Head Coach: Maryellen Brown 717-514-0756 snickersbrown5@gmail.com
2018 Schedule: Wednesday’s 6:30pm-7:45pm
Start Date: August 29  End Date:  October 31, 2018

Otterbein United Methodist Church(647 Forge Road, Carlisle)
Head Coach: Tracy Porter 717-713-5716 englandsrose68@aol.com
2018 Schedule: Wednesday’s 5:45pm - 7pm
Start Date: August 15  End Date: October 31,2018

Newport Family Life Center (27 W. Shortcut Road, Newport)
Head Coach: Deb Kinney 717-648-6497 dkinney@pa.net
2017 Schedule: Monday’s 6:30pm - 7:45pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Start Date: August 20  End Date: October 29                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ***No training September 3, 2018

Competitions:

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Central Fall Sectionals
Juniata College (1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA)
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 2-4, 2018

Emerging Sports:

Cycling

Area M has a cycling club that goes on bike rides once a month over the summer and fall months. Cycling is an up and coming sport that we are looking forward to training and competing in one day.

Trainings:  

Area M Cycling Club
Head Coach: Mark Himmelreich 717-580-3263 himmy01@gmail.com
Rides take place on Saturday’s
For more information please call Coach Mark.

Flag Football

Flag Football is and emerging sport across Special Olympics PA. Area M started a Flag Football program the Summer of 2015.  We are hoping to grown this sport and be able to compete on a State level soon.

Trainings:
It you would like more information on the Flag Football program please contact:
Head Coach: John Kunkle 717-732-3520 kunkle27@comcast.net
Head Coach: Kristie Davis 717-732-6756 kdavis.aream@specialolympicspa.org

2018 Schedule  

Sporting Hill Fire Station Mechanicsburg (295 S. Sporting Hill Rd, Mechanicsburg - Soccer Field behind station)

Tuesday's  6:00pm-8:00pm

Start Date: May 22   End Date:  July 31

 

Young Athletes Program:

Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program for children ages 2-7.
We introduce children with and without intellectual disabilities and their families to the world of Special Olympics by pursuing the following goals:
1. Engage children with and without intellectual disabilities through developmentally appropriate play activities de-signed to foster physical, cognitive and social development.
2. Welcome the family members of these children to the Special Olympics network of support.
3. Inclusive peer participation, demonstrations and other events raise awareness about the abilities of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Young Athletes is a versatile program that can work in various learning situations.
The flexibility of Young Athletes ensures the opportunity to welcome families and their young children into the Special Olympics family.

Trainings:
St. James Presbyterian Church (1234 road blahblah)
Contact: Shannon Pechart 717-732-6756 areamsports@specialolympicspa.org

2018 Schedule

Saturday's 9:00am-10:00am

Start Date: New session coming in the Fall...stay tuned.

Special Olympics PA Area-M

P.O.Box 382

Summerdale,Pa 17093

Tel:717-732-6756

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