Special Olympics

Special Needs Olympics

It’s a labor of love. At Schafer Sports Center, young gymnasts train weekly as part of Special Olympics New Jersey under the expert guidance of Shannon Schafer, owner and Director of Special Needs. A national Special Olympics coach in 2014, Shannon has also run the New Jersey Special Olympics summer games for years.

Special Olympics gives children with intellectual disabilities opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

Children ages 2 through 7 prepare for sports through the the Young Athlete™ program’s games and activities, which are based on a progression of early childhood motor skills. From age eight through young adult, individuals with intellectual disabilities can train for competition at the regional, state and national level.

Please complete the intake form so that we can better understand your child and their needs. This will allow us to work with you in creating a program that fits their needs.

Special Olympics Teams

SATURDAY

10-10:45 am | Developmental Team; by invitation only
11-12 am | Girls Team; by invitation only
12-1 pm | Boys Team; by invitation only

Special Olympics YAP Gymnastics

SUNDAY

9:45am-10:15 | YAP Gymnastics Movement and Motion; age 2-4
–– session 1: 10/16-11/20
–– session 2: 1/22-2/26
–– session 3: 3/5-4/9
10:30-11:15 | YAP Gymnastics Movement and Motion; age 5-7
–– session 1: 10/16-11/20
–– session 2: 1/22-2/26
–– session 3: 3/5-4/9

Special Olympics YAP Soccer

All free programs through special olympics NJ, athlete must be registered with SONJ prior to enrollment.

SUNDAY

11:30-12:30 am | Lil Kickers Junior Division Soccer; age 6-9
–– Starts Sept. 18 and ends Oct. 30.
9:30-10:00 am | YAP Soccer Skills and Drills; age 2-4
–– session 1: 10/16-11/20
–– session 2: 1/22-2/26
–– session 3: 3/5-4/9
10:15-10:50 | YAP Soccer Sills and Drills; age 5-7
–– session 1: 10/16-11/20
–– session 2: 1/22-2/26
–– session 3: 3/5-4/9

“All children deserve to develop to their greatest potential and their families deserve the joy that comes from seeing their children accepted and respected. Special Olympics is our way of giving back to the community that gives so much to us.”
Shannon Schafer, owner and Director of Special Needs