"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 Tina Morgan at 717- 319-3261 or Coach Debbie Mann 717-404-7785 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: Debbie Mann  tewellmann@embarqmail.com
2020 Clinic Dates:  January 2, 7, 9, 13 and 16   

Competitions: Area M Local Ski Competition (Qualifiers only) 
Ski Round Top
January 22, 2020


State Winter Games
Seven Springs Resort        February 9-11, 2020

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
2019/2020 Schedule: Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:45pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Starting:    November 20, 2019            Ending: March 4, 2020
**No training: November 27th, December 25th and January 1, 2020

Otterbein United Methodist Church (647 Forge Rd, Carlisle)
Head Coach: Richard Heintz 717-713-3238  tallcoolone1967@yahoo.com
2019/2020 Schedule: Wednesday's 5:45pm - 7pm
Start Date:  November 13, 2019                     End Date: March 4, 2020
**No training: November 27th, December 25th and January 1, 2020 

Newport Family Life Center (27 W. Shortcut Rd, Newport)
Head Coach: Deb Kinney 717-648-6497 dkinney@pa.net
2019/2012 Schedule: Monday's 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Start Date:  November 18, 2019                End Date:  February 24, 2020
**No training : December 16th, December 23rd and December 30th

Competitions:
Area M Floor Hockey Invitational
Susquenita Schools
Date is TBD

SOPA INDOOR WINTER GAMES
York County Expo Center
March 7-8, 2020

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. Clinic dates are tentatively scheduled for 10/23/19, 11/6/2019, and 11/20/2019

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
2019/2020 Schedule: Ice Training, Sunday’s 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Start Date: November 17, 2019 End Date: March 1, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     **No Training: December 29th                                                                                                               


Dryland Training @ Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren
Tuesdays 7pm - 8pm
January 14-  March 3, 2020 

Competitions: Area M Local Speed Skating Competition (Qualifiers only)
Hershey Arena
December 4, 2019

SOPA Indoor Winter Games
York County Expo Center
March 7-8, 2020

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:

Temporary Location Change still working on the details: Milton Hershey School Pool
Head Coach: Nancy Siler 717-497-0618 nsiler341@comcast.net
2019/2020 Schedule:  Day of the week
Start Date:                                    End Date:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      **No training :

West Shore YMCA (410 Fallowfield Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011)
Head Coach: Kim Goodsir 717-975-3837 kimgoodsir@yahoo.com
2019/2020 Schedule: Sunday’s 5:30pm - 6:15pm(beginners)
6:15pm - 7:00pm (lap swimmers)
Start Date: October 6, 2019 End Date June 7, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ** No Training: December 1, 22 and 29, March 29, April 5 and 12th and May 10 and 24                                                                                                                                                                             PLEASE CONTACT COACH KIM FOR AN ASSIGNED SWIM TIME   

Shippensburg University (1871 Old Main Dr, Shippensburg, PA 17257)
Head Coach: Jen Flinchbaugh 717-683-7440 jen.flinchbaugh@yahoo.com
2019/2020 Schedule: Thursday’s 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: September 5, 2019 End Date: April 30, 2020
**No Training: October 31st, November 28, December 12, 2019 thru January 6, 2020

 

Competitions: Area M Games
Messiah College
April 16, 2020

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
June 11-13, 2020

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

Athletics (Track & Field)

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 June.

Trainings:

Susquenita High School Track (309 Schoolhouse Road, Duncannon, PA 17020)
Head Coach: Maryellen Brown 717-514-0756 snickersbrown5@gmail.com
2019 Schedule:  Sundays 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Start Date:  End Date:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Millersburg High School Track (799 Center St, Millersburg, PA 17061)
Head Coach: Mark Himmelreich 717- 580-3263 himmy01@gmail.com
2020 Schedule:  Fridays 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Start Date:      End Date: 
** No training                                                                                    

Competitions: Various locations host school based Local Competition

Area M Games
Messiah College (1 College Ave, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055)
April 16, 2020

Area M Spring Thing
Cumberland Valley High School
Sunday, May  17, 2020

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
June 11-13, 2020

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
2019 Schedule: Sunday’s 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Start Date:   End Date: 
**February 10th training will be held at Central Dauphin East Middle School 
**No Training

Otterbein United Methodist Church(647 Forge Road, Carlisle)
Head Coach: Eddie Wright 717-701-2474 eddie3335@yahoo.com
2019 Schedule: Monday’s 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Start Date:   End Date: 
**No training if Boiling Spring SD is cancelled

Newport Elementary School 
Head Coach: Deb Kinney 717-648-6497 dkinney@pa.net
2019 Schedule: Tuesdays 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm 
Start Date:   End Date: 

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 26, 2020

Area M Spring Thing
Cumberland Valley High School
Sunday, May 17, 2020

 

Special Olympics PA Summer Games
State College
June 11-13, 2020

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
2019 Schedule: Monday’s 6:00pm - Dark
Start Date: April 8, 2019  End Date: August 26, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           **No Training May 27, 2019

Range End Golf Couse(303 Golf Club Ave. Dillsburg, PA)
Head Coach: David Dempsey 717-440-5671 m2ddemp@gmail.com
2019 Schedule: Tuesday’s 5:30pm - Dark
Start Date: April 8, 2019  End Date:  September 10, 2019

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 6 - 8, 2019

Gymnastics

Area M Gymnastics takes place at Cumberland Gymnastics.

If you are interested please contact Coach Kim Egger at 717-440-0635, 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
June 6 - 8, 2019

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
2019 Schedule: Wednesday’s 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: March 6, 2019   End Date: May 29, 2019

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: March 31, 2019 End Date: June 2, 2019
**No training on April 21, May 12 and May 19

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

Area M Spring Thing
Cumberland Valley Schools
Sunday, May 19, 2019

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

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
2019 Schedule: Thursday's 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: February 28, 2019   End Date: March 28, 2019

Camp Hill High School Tennis Courts 
Head Coach: Renee Kolacek 717-645-1254 renee.kolacek@gmail.com
2019 Schedule: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s  6:00pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: April 2, 2019  End Date: June 4, 2019

Competitions: Area M Spring Thing
Cumberland Valley Schools
Sunday, May 19, 2019

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

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
2019 Schedule: Saturday’s 9:ooam - 10:15am
Start Date: July 13  End Date: October 19  ** No Training September 14th

Village Park(1830 Suncrest Drive, Carlisle, PA)
Head Coach: Skip Deaven 717-962-6363 padlad@yahoo.com
2019 Schedule: Thursday’s 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: July 25 End Date: October 17  ** No training:September 26

Soldiers & Sailors Park (1 Memorial Park Dr, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Head Coach: Kathy Wagner 717-979-2704 kathyhyacinth@verizon.net 
2019 Schedule: Wednesday's 5:45pm - 7:30pm
Start Date: July 24  End Date: October 16

Upper Dauphin Area High School(220 N. Church Street Elizabethville, PA)
Head Coach: Ruth Shiro 717-451-5382 rutheshiro@gmail.com
2019 Schedule: Saturday’s 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Start Date: July 20 End Date: October 26  ** No training August 17 &24, September 7 & 21 

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 15, 2019

Central Fall Sectionals
Juniata College (1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA)
Sunday, October 6, 2019 

Bloomsburg Bocce Bash
Bloomsburg University ( 400 E.2nd Street, Bloomsburg, PA)
Sunday,  October 20, 2019

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 1-3, 2019

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
2019 Schedule: Tuesday’s 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Start Date: August 13       End Date: October 1, 2019

ABC East Lanes (1001 Eisenhower Blvd. Harrisburg, PA)
Head Coach: Rich Tezak 717-648-5407 rtezak@swataratwp.com 
2019 Schedule: Sunday’s 13:30pm -3:00pm
Start Date: August 4  End Date: October 20, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ** No Training: August 25th, September 1 & 29th

Trindle Bowl (4695 E. Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA)
Head Coach: Louise Bell 717-566-0311 areamvolunteer@msn.com
2019 Schedule: Sunday’s 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Start Date:August 11  End Date: October 20, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   * o No No Training: September 1st, 15th, and 29th        

Valley Bowl, Elizabethville ( 4865 State Drive, Elizabethville, PA 17023)
Head Coach: Ruth and Ricky Shiro 717-451-5382 rutheshiro@gmail.com
2019 Schedule: Tuesdays  6:30pm-8:00pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Start Date: August 20  End Date:  October 15, 2019
** No Training September 17th

Competitions: Area M Local Bowling Tournament

Trindle Bowl (4695 E. Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday, November 10, 2019

Central Bowling Sectionals
All Local Houses
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Special Olympics PA Indoor Winter Games
York County Expo Center
March 7-8, 2020

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: Brenda Kateluzos kateluzos@aol.com
2019 Schedule: Tuesday’s 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Start Date: July 30th  End Date: October 22                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ***Time changes to 5:30pm-7:00pm starting October 1, 2019  **No Training on August 6, 2019

Carlisle Barracks Army Heritage
Head Coach: Eddie Wright 717-701-2474 eddie3335@yahoo.com
2019 Schedule: Thursday’s 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: August 08  End Date: October 24

Wiconisco Park(798 Water Company Road, Millersburg)
Head Coach: Mark Himmelreich 717-580-3263 himmy01@gmail.com
2019 Schedule: Thursday’s 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: August 15 End Date: October 24

Competitions:

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Central Fall Sectionals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Juniata College                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sunday, October 6, 2019

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 1-3, 2019

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:

Fourteen-Forty Strength
Crossfit717(836 Market Street, Lemoyne, PA)
Head Coach: Charity Poleshuk 717-636-2582 bcshuks@embarqmail.com
2019 Schedule: Sunday’s 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Start Date: July 21 End Date: October 27, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ***No Training September 1, and 29 

Competitions:

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Central Fall Sectionals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Juniata College                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              October 6, 2019

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 1-3, 2019

 

 

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
2019 Schedule: Monday’s 6:30pm-8:30pm
Start Date: June 10 End Date: October 28, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ***NoTraining every third Monday of the month

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 1-3, 2019

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
2019 Schedule: Monday’s 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Start Date: July 29, 2019  End Date: October 28, 2019

***No Training September 2 and 16

Competitions:

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Central Fall Sectionals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Juniata College (1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  October 6, 2019

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 1-3, 2019

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
2019 Schedule: Wednesday’s 6:30pm-7:45pm
Start Date: August 21  End Date:  October 30, 2019

Otterbein United Methodist Church(647 Forge Road, Carlisle)
Head Coach: Tracy Porter 717-713-5716 englandsrose68@aol.com
2019 Schedule: Wednesday’s 5:45pm - 7pm
Start Date: August 14  End Date: October 30,2019

Newport Family Life Center (27 W. Shortcut Road, Newport)
Head Coach: Deb Kinney 717-648-6497 dkinney@pa.net
2019 Schedule: Monday’s 6:30pm - 7:45pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Start Date: August 26  End Date: October 28                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ***No training September 2, 2019

Competitions:

Area M Fall Classic
Hershey High School
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Central Fall Sectionals
Juniata College (1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA)
Sunday, October 6, 2019

Special Olympics PA Fall Festival
Villanova University
November 1-3, 2019

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 

2019 Schedule  

Fort Hunter Park  (5300 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA)

Saturday's 10:00am-noon

Start Date: August 17 End Date: October 26th

No Training: August 31, 2019

 

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 ( Orrs Bridge Road, Mechanicsburg)
Contact: Shannon Pechart 717-732-6756 areamsports@specialolympicspa.org

2019 Schedule

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

Start Date: 

No session:

Special Olympics PA Area-M

P.O.Box 382

Summerdale,Pa 17093

Tel:717-732-6756

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