"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 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
2017 Clinic Dates: January 2, 4, 6, 9 and 11

Competitions: Area M Local Ski Competition (Qualifiers only)
Ski Round Top
January 17, 2017
State Winter Games
Seven Springs Resort

January 29-31, 2017

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 High School (Schoolhouse Rd, Duncannon)
Head Coach: Maryellen Brown 717-514-0756 snickersbrown5@gmail.com
2016/2017 Schedule: To be determined

Otterbein United Methodist Church (647 Forge Rd, Carlisle)
Head Coach: Tracy Porter 717-713-5716 englandrose68@aol.com
2016/2017 Schedule: Wednesday's 5:45pm - 7pm
Start Date: November 16  End Date: March 1
**No training on November 23, December 21, 28, 2016 and February 8, 2017**

Newport Family Life Center (27 W. Shortcut Rd, Newport)
Head Coach: Deb Kinney 717-648-6497 dkinney@pa.net
2016/2017 Schedule: Monday's 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Start Date: November 21  End Date: February 27
**No training on December 12 and 19, 2016**

Competitions:
Area M Floor Hockey Invitational
Susquenita Schools
February 25, 2017

State Floor Hockey Tournament
State College and Bald Eagle Schools
March 4-5 2017 

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 2016 Clinic dates

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

Training: Hershey Arena (Hershey Park)
Head Coach: Brett Eshenour 717-691-7050 beshenour@msn.com
2016/2017 Schedule: Ice Training, Sunday’s 4:30pm-5:30pm
Start Date: October 23, 2016 End Date: January 22, 2017
Dryland Training @ Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren, TBA at training

Competitions: Area M Local Speed Skating Competition (Qualifiers only)
Hershey Arena
November TBD, 2017

State Winter Games
Seven Springs Resort
January 29-31, 2017

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 November 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
2016/2017 Schedule: Tuesday’s 7:30pm-8:30pm
Start Date: November 8, 2016 End Date: May 16, 2017

West Shore YMCA (410 Fallowfield Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011)
Head Coach: Kim Goodsir 717-975-3837 kimgoodsir@yahoo.com
2016/2017 Schedule: Sunday’s 5:30pm-6:15pm(beginners)
6:15pm-7:00pm (lap swimmers)
Start Date: November 6, 2016 End Date May 28, 2017

Shippensburg University (1871 Old Main Dr, Shippensburg, PA 17257)
Head Coach: Jen Flinchbaugh 717-683-7440 jenflinchbaugh@yahoo.com
2016/2017 Schedule: Thursday’s 6:00pm-7:00pm
Start Date: September 8, 2016 End Date: May 4, 2017
**No Training November 17 & 24, 2016 December 15, 2016 thru January 19, 2017, February 16 & March 16, 2017**

 

Competitions: Area M Games
Messiah College
April 20, 2017  **Due to construction at Messiah, the Swimming competition will be held on March 5, 2017 at the West Shore YMCA

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
June 1-3, 2017

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
2017 Schedule: Sunday’s 2:30pm-3:45pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Start Date: March 26, 2017  End Date: May 21, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ** No Training April 16, 2017  

Millersburg High School Track (799 Center St, Millersburg, PA 17061)
Head Coach: Mark Himmelreich 717- 580-3263 himmy01@gmail.com
2017 Schedule: Friday's 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Start Date: March 31, 2017 End Date: May 26, 2017                                                                                          

Competitions: Various locations host school based Local Competition

Area M Games
Messiah College (1 College Ave, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055)
April 20, 2017

Area M Spring Thing
Cumberland Valley High School
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
June 1-3, 2017

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
2017 Schedule: Sunday’s 1:30pm-3:30pm
Start Date:  February 5, 2017 End Date: May 14, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              **No Training March 19, April 16 & 23

Otterbein United Methodist Church(647 Forge Road, Carlisle)
Head Coach: Eddie Wright 717-701-2474 eddie3335@yahoo.com
2017 Schedule: Monday’s 5:45pm-7:00pm
Start Date: February 20, 2017  End Date: April 24, 2017

Newport Elementary School 
Head Coach: Deb Kinney 717-648-6497 dkinney@pa.net
2016 Schedule: Tuesday’s 6:30pm-7:45pm
Start Date: February 21, 2017  End Date: May 9, 2017

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 23, 2017

Area M Spring Thing
Cumberland Valley High School
Sunday, May 21, 2017

 

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
June 1-3, 2017

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
2017 Schedule: Monday’s 6:00pm- Dark
Start Date: April 10, 2017  End Date: August 28, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           **No Training May 29, 2017

Range End Golf Couse(303 Golf Club Ave. Dillsburg, PA)
Head Coach: David Dempsey 717-440-5671 m2ddemp@gmail.com
2017 Schedule: Tuesday’s 5:45pm -Dark
Start Date: April 11, 2017  End Date:  September 5, 2017

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
June 1-3, 2017

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
2017 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
June 1-3, 2017

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: Jim Fair 717-580-6169 jfair@comcast.net
2017 Schedule: Wednesday’s 5:30pm-7:00pm
Start Date: March 15, 2017  End Date: May 31, 2017

Village Park(1830 Suncrest Dr, Carlisle, PA 17013)
Head Coach: Jim Fair 717-580-6169 jfair@comcast.net
2017 Schedule: Sunday's 2:00pm-4:00pm
Start Date: April 2, 2017  End Date: May 7, 2017

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

Area M Spring Thing
Cumberland Valley Schools
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
June 1-3, 2017

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
2017 Schedule: Thursday's 6:00pm-7:00pm
Start Date: February 16, 2017  End Date: March 30, 2017

Camp Hill High School Tennis Courts 
Head Coach: Renee Kolacek 717-645-1254 renee.kolacek@gmail.com
2017 Schedule: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s  6:00pm-7:00pm
Start Date: April 4, 2017  End Date:  May 30, 2017

Competitions: Area M Spring Thing
Cumberland Valley Schools
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
June 1-3, 2017

Fall Sports and Competitions: July-November

Bocce

Bocce Bocce Ball…Who wants to play some Bocce BALL?!?!
Currently, Area M has two training sites for bocce, The Hershey Italian Lodge, and Carlisle's Village Park. 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
2016 Schedule: Saturday’s 9:ooam - 10:15am
Start Date: July 16  End Date: October 22

Village Park(1830 Suncrest Drive, Carlisle, PA)
Head Coach: Skip Deaven 717-243-8011 padlad@yahoo.com
2016 Schedule: Thursday’s 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Start Date: July 21  End Date: October 27

Soldiers & Sailors Park (1 Memorial Park Dr, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Head Coach: Ernie Christopher 717-249-7132 einrechristopher@yahoo.com
2016 Schedule: Wednesday's 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: TBD End Date: TBD

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 17, 2017

Central Fall Sectionals
Juniata College (1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA)
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bloomsburg Bocce Bash
Bloomsburg University ( 400 E.2nd Street, Bloomsburg, PA)
Saturday,  TBD

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 10-12, 2017

Bowling

Area M’s largest participating sport, bowling, just keeps growing and growing every year.
Our bowling training starts in September and we host our local bowling competition in December. State competition for Bowling is June at State College University. Come on out to one of the three training sites, Midway Bowling Center, ABC North Bowling Center and Trindle Bowl. 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
2016 Schedule: Tuesday’s 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Start Date: September 27  End Date: November 15

ABC NORTH Lanes(5305 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA)
Head Coach: Joe Wass 717-657-2626 sobick@verizon.net
2016 Schedule: Sunday’s 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Start Date: September 11  End Date: November 6

Trindle Bowl (4695 E. Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA)
Head Coach: Louise Bell 717-566-0311 areamvolunteer@msn.com
2016 Schedule: Sunday’s 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Start Date:September 11  End Date: November 13

Competitions: Area M Local Bowling Tournament

Trindle Bowl (4695 E. Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Central Bowling Sectionals
All Local Houses
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
Penn State University
June 1-3, 2017

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 two sites, Adam Ricci Park in Enola and the Carlisle War College. 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
2016 Schedule: Tuesday’s 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Start Date: August 9  End Date: October 25

Carlisle War Barracks
Head Coach: Eddie Wright 717-701-2474 eddie3335@yahoo.com
2016 Schedule: Thursday’s 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: August 25  End Date: October 20

Competitions:

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 10-12, 2017

Powerlifting:

We offer training in Powerlifting at Crossfit717.
Powerlifting is a relatively new sport for us. Powerlifting trains from July through November 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
2016 Schedule: Sunday’s 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Start Date: June 7  End Date: October 30

Competitions:

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 10-12, 2017

 

 

Roller Skating

Artistic, Speed Quad, and Inline Skating are all offered at the Olympic Skating Center in Enola.
Rollerskating trains every Tuesday. Competition for Rollerskating takes place in November at Villanova University. This sport trains almost year round. Call Coach Deb Meck, 580-5711 for more information. Roll on Area M!

Trainings:
Olympics Skating Center (60 E. Shady Lane, Enola, PA)
Head Coach: Debbie Meck 717-580-5711 rollerskatingcoach@yahoo.com
2016 Schedule: Tuesday’s 7:00pm-8:30pm
Start Date: June 7 End Date: November 1

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

Area M Rollerskating Invitational
Olympic Skating Center
TBD

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 10-12, 2017

Soccer

Soccer training is held at Harrisburg Area Community College and Northern York Sports and Learning Field.
Soccer training is held from the end of August 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
2016 Schedule: Monday’s5:30pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: August 1  End Date: October 31

Northern York Sports and Learning Field (Across from the High School)
Head Coach: Brad Peterson 717-961-8246 bradpeterson1969@yahoo.com
2016 Schedule: Thursday’s 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Start Date: August 11  End Date: October 27

Competitions:

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 10-12, 2017

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 beginning of November. 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
2016 Schedule: Wednesday’s
Start Date: TBD  End Date:TBD

Otterbein United Methodist Church(647 Forge Road, Carlisle)
Head Coach: Tracy Porter 717-713-5716 englandsrose68@aol.com
2016 Schedule: Wednesday’s 5:45pm - 7pm
Start Date: August 17  End Date: November 2

Newport Family Life Center (27 W. Shortcut Road, Newport)
Head Coach: Deb Kinney 717-648-6497 dkinney@pa.net
2016 Schedule: Tuesday’s 6:30pm - 7:45pm **change to Monday’s starting August 29
Start Date: August 2  End Date: October 31

Competitions:

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Central Fall Sectionals
Juniata College (1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA)
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 10-12, 2017

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 plan to continue and grow this sport in the Summer of 2016.

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

2016 Schedule

Summerdale Centennial Park                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Tuesday's and Thursday's  6:00pm-8:00pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Start Date:  June, 14, 2016  End Date:  August 4, 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ** No Training July 14, 2016 and July 21, 2016                

 

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 (1425 Orrs Bridge Road, Mechanicsburg, PA)
Contact: Shannon Pechart 717-732-6756 areamsports@specialolympicspa.org
2016 Schedule                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saturday's 9:00am-10:00am                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Start Date: March 12, 2016  End Date:  May 7, 2016

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