• District 200 Special Olympics 

    Our Special Olympics philosophy revolves around one primary premise; that young people learn life lessons through participation on a team, during both practices and games. Lessons involving team work, work ethic, leadership, fair play, and responding to adversity are reinforced at all times. While the development of sport specific skills and winning is important, they never supersede the life lessons we strive to teach. While other teams may choose to play more skilled athletes in an effort to gain an advantage, we will not. In addition to athletes and coaches, parents and family members also play an important role in the program. Our hope is that all members of the District 200 Special Olympics Program work together to support and teach those invaluable lessons to our athletes and enjoy the experience along the way.
     
    All Athletes must have an updated medical application.  This application needs to be updated every two years and the date goes by the last date of the doctor visit.  See below for the application and instructions.  Applications must be valid through the date of the Special Olympics event and prior to their cut of date for accepting applications. 
     
    BOWL FOR THE TORCH FUNDRAISER:
    District 200 Special Olympics hosts an annual fundraiser at Fox Bowl in Wheaton during late winter early spring.  All program funds come from the fundraising efforts of staff, parents, students and the community. Donations to Special Olympics will help to change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and provide opportunities they would not otherwise receive.  Please contact danielle.nigro@cusd200.org for more information or if you are interested in donating to District 200 Special Olympics.
     
     
    Volunteer Opportunities
    Peer Partners are an integral part of the District 200 Special Olympics Program. Peer Partners are high school students who assist coaches and athletes at practices and games. The addition of Peer Partners has allowed our athletes to develop positive peer relationships and work on social skills while at practices. Anyone interested in becoming a Peer Partner should contact Megan Burress.
     
     
     
    Head Coaches:
    Danielle Nigro
    Special Education Coordinator
    Special Olympics Athletic Director
    630-393-9413 x4516
    danielle.nigro@cusd200.org 
     
    Basketball - Students in High School and Transition
    Basketball was the second sport added to the District 200 Special Olympics Program. The team is comprised of athletes who work on developing their skills and compete against other teams with similar athletes. The team name is the Flying Tigers to encompass both sides of town (Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South).  
     
    Practices begin at the beginning of October at Hubble MS on Tuesday nights. The skills of the athletes will be assessed and teams will be formed within the first few weeks of the season if there are enough athletes to have multiple teams. Athletes will have a chance to practice their skills in dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, basic offense and most importantly teamwork. Games will begin in late October on Tuesday nights. In late January, the team will participate in Regional games where the will play for a chance to qualify for the State Games held in March at Illinois State University.
     
    We also host a Holiday Tournament in mid-November at WWSHS for other local High School Special Olympics Teams. The games are refereed by the Varsity Boys Basketball Teams from Wheaton-Warrenville South. Volunteers are always needed for the tournament.
     
    Coaches:  
    Ali Pouliot, alibob182@gmail.com 
    Kevin Gatto, kgatto83@gmail.com
     
    Bocce Ball - Students in Middle School thru Transition
    In 2012, Bocce was added as the 4th sport for District 200 Special Olympics Program. Practices begin in July and run through September at Hubble MS. The season ends with a State Qualifying Tournament in Mid-September. Athletes who receive a gold medal at the qualifying tournament in September qualify for the Summer Games in June at Illinois State University.
     
    Coach: Julie Lovelace, julie.lovelace@cusd200.org
     
    Bowling - Students in Middle School thru Transition
    In 2010, Bowling was added as the third sport to the District 200 Special Olympics Program. Practices begin in February and run through May at Fox Bowl in Wheaton. The season ends with a Tournament in mid-July at Stardust Bowl in Addison. Athletes need at least a 15 game average in order to be eligible to compete in the tournament.
       
    Coach: Mark Gordon:  mark.gordon@cusd200.org 
     
    Track - Students in Middle School thru Transition
    In spring 2005, track was the first sport offered in the history of District 200 Special Olympics. Athletes are able to compete in a total of 2 events (2 track, 2 field, or a combination of both). Events are available for runners, walkers, and athletes in wheelchairs. Practices begin indoors in early February and are held at WNHS.  There are outdoor invitational events in April, and lead up to the Spring Games. The Annual Spring Games Qualifying Meet is held every year at North Central College in Naperville in late April. Athletes who receive a Gold Medal in their events at the Spring Games qualify for the Summer Games in June at Illinois State University.

    Running Events
    50M, 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M, 1500M, 3000M

    Walking Events
    50M, 100M, 400M, 800M

    Field Events

    Tennis ball Throw, Softball Throw, Standing Long Jump, Running Long Jump, Shot Put 

    Pentathlon (athletes compete in all five events)

    100M Run, 400M Run, Shot Put, High Jump, Running Long Jump
     
    Coaches: