Everyone Can FLY

GENETIC ALLIANCE BY SHARON ROMELCZYK “Freedom.” When asked to describe the experience of paragliding in one word, Chris Santacroce chose “Freedom.” Mr. Santacroce is the founder of Project Airtime (www.projectairtime.org), a nonprofit organization located in Utah that provides adapted tandem paragliding rides to kids and adults with a range of special needs, free of charge. Chris and his team have provided hundreds of individuals with the opportunity to lift high in the sky and feel […]

How Team Sports Benefit Students With Special Needs

BY HELENE SCHORR, M.S. AND ERIN VLASAK, M.S. HOW CAN WE ENCOURAGE AND MOTIVATE SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM, TO MAKE SOME TYPE OF EXERCISE OR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PART OF THEIR WEEKLY ROUTINE? Many students with special needs have had a hard time throughout their schooling when it comes to physical education, especially organized team sports. This negative feeling towards sports and physical activity can carry over through adulthood. As we […]

Are You and Your Child Coachable?

BY TOM CURRY Colleges today may want to recruit a certain student athlete to fit into their program. But remember that the student and parent must be able to fit in with the program. The other day, we had an assistant college football coach in our athletic department recruiting one of our players. As I sat in and listened to his discussion with our football coach, he asked a number of questions. The last one he asked became the idea for […]

The Perfect Gift: Putting The “KID” Back In Youth Sports

COACH’S CORNER BY TOM CURRY – In an age where seven- and eight-year-old “travel teams” are chosen and play full schedules… it is important to listen to our own children and watch for clues that are given off by the child warning us of the need to back off. Much has been talked and written about the right age to begin youth sports and the direction parents need to take when dealing with youth sports in general. As […]

Good News, Bad News

FROM THE COACH’S CORNER BY TOM CURRY Despite efforts to curb Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, these issues still make their way to our headlines each season. What can you do to protect your child from such incidents? I have been in the coaching profession since I was 18 years old. Starting as a volunteer at our local church coaching the 8th grade basketball team, I also coached the Babe Ruth league baseball in our town, […]

Special Olympics Narrows Health Gap Faced by People with Intellectual Disabilities

Thousands in nine countries received free health care through Healthy Communities initiative. Global campaign to expand to 100 Healthy Communities by 2025 announced. Washington, D.C. – 19 November 2014 – Special Olympics released data today outlining the results of its successful two-year old Healthy Communities initiative and announced that it will expand the program from 14 to 100 sites by 2025. Healthy Communities provides essential health services to people with intellectual disabilities, a population that […]

Linebacker Sacks Ewing’s Sarcoma

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON Because of his passion for the game of football, Herzlich passed on the surgery and began a grueling seven-month routine of chemo and radiation. Ewing’s Sarcoma (“ES”) is a very rare and highly aggressive form of bone cancer that forms from a certain kind of cell in bone or soft tissue surrounding the bone. It occurs most often in adolescents, especially boys ages 10 to 20, and is […]