Year Round Program Descriptions
The Center of Hope added Cheerleading in July of 2011. This program will run weekly throughout the summer and into the fall. Athletes will learn routines and will demonstrate their skills at Gillette Stadium at the end of the season.
Team Hook, Line and Sinker beings practicing in June at Westville Dam. Each athlete should bring their own fishing pole to practice. Athletes will compete with other teams at Quabbin Reservoir at a date to be announced.
Team Triple S will participate in a weekly practice offered on Thursday to meet work schedule needs at the YMCA in Southbridge (during program) for one hour. With the assistance of two coaches, the athletes will work on three lifts: bench press, dead lift and the squat, based on athlete ability. Each athlete is responsible for purchasing singlet and gloves, required for participation.
Senior Sports is available to athletes 40 and over and includes race walking, horseshoes and Bocce. There are also Assisted Walk Events and Wheelchair races. Athletes compete on the Cape during a weekend in October. The program begins in August.
Track & Field
Starting in the beginning of April, those who have signed up to participate in Track & Field will be transported weekly to Bentley Athletic Complex in Woodstock, Conn. for practice. Athletes will select one track event and one field event to participate in. In May athletes will attend State Qualifiers for the purpose of grouping athletes in the division that best suits their ability. This event is held on a Saturday or Sunday in May prior to State Games in June. Athletes are selected to attend State Games, a weekend-long event, by the Special Olympics committee.
Since January, 2012, the Center offers Unified Basketball. Practice is held weekly and all teams compete at a regional qualifier in February and the State Games in March, which is an overnight weekend.
Unified Flag Football
The Center of Hope added Unified Flag Football Teams back in August 2011. This non-contact football program is a Unified Sport. The program will culminate with the State games in November at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
Unified Softball Teams
The Recreation Program offers three Unified Softball Teams. A unified team combines athletes with volunteers without intellectual disabilities (partners). This is a slow-pitch softball game. Try-outs for Softball are held in May and team determination completed by June. Being a part of a softball team requires athletes to attend weekly practice, Qualifiers and the State Games. Qualifiers are held in July. The purpose of Qualifiers is to place teams in the division that matches their ability. State Games are a weekend-long event held in August with each team playing several games against other teams in their division.
In 2012, the Center of Hope started a new sport, Volleyball!! Volleyball is a summer sport which begins Practicing in Early March with qualifiers in April and state games in June. Volleyball is played with a unified team, comprised of 3 athletes and 3 partners on the court at any time. Sign-ups for Volleyball will begin the first week of March with practices starting the second week of March. (Date and time TBD) Keep your eyes out for a flyer!!