The 2016 Fall Schedule and Registration Form are now available for download!Click HERE to download your copy
Sign up today for the upcoming Fall athletic programs.
The schedule covers September through December.
Always check this website often for updates, changes and important announcements.Payments are due the first week of practice.
Please remember to make checks payable to:
Make it a great day!
Dear Elite Stars Families & Friends,
It's time to get your Tootsie Roll Drive Volunteer Slot confirmed. The chapters that are confirmed to work with us to date & their representatives are listed below. Please contact them directly.
Don't forget to tell them you are representing the Elite Stars Foundation
. Let's get everyone locked in early so we don't have to hound you.
We put forth a challenge to you all! The family that logs the most volunteer hours for the weekend will receive FREE programs
for Fall, Winter & Spring Sessions! Must put in a minimum of 16 combined hours to be eligible. So, bring your aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, get a sports team to help, classmates, form teams & get the peer coaches involved on your team… Tootsie Roll Drive Information:
Families are required to volunteer for a minimum of 2-3 hours for the Tootsie Roll Drive on September 16 & 17
. When you contact the chapter you select ask them their specifics. They will report back to us with the names of our volunteers.
We have partnered with several councils & you can go to which ever you choose. Each chapter has been very generous to us over the years so we hope that we can continue to work with them. We tried to get locations in various suburbs to spread ourselves out. We did this to provide more access for families to get their relatives & friends to help out. We average $50 per hour per person; therefore, if you cannot donate 2-3 hours of your time we are asking for $150 donation to the program in exchange for your hours.
We do not have corporate sponsors, a grant writer or receive large donations to subsidize what we do; therefore, the few things that we do ask you to participate in are the only things we do as an organization to keep us going. If you’d like to volunteer to increase our fundraising efforts—we welcome you with open arms!!! When you contact these individuals you need to tell them that you are with the Elite Stars & the following: 1.
What day 2.
Corner or store or church 3.
Morn, Mid-day or afternoon/evening 4.
Thank you for your cooperation and participation and allowing us to continue providing top notch services for special athletes and peer coaches across the Chicagoland area. Click HERE To download the above information and all of the K of C Contacts.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our generous supporters!
Knights of Columbus
Holy Ghost Council 4977, Palatine, Illinois
Holy Rosary Council 4484, Arlington Heights, Illinois
Fr. John Dussman Council 3731, Glenview Illinois
Hoffman / Schaumburg Council 6964
St. John Council 3738, Westmont, Illinois
Each year, volunteers from the Elite STARS Family, athletes, Family members and friends alike, help the Knights during their Annual Tootsie Roll Drive. In appreciation for the STARS Family service, we have received generous donations from the four area councils listed above. The Knights of Columbus support many agencies for those with intellectual disabilities.
Marlene Brandwein (Retired STARS Board Member) & Stephanie Brandwein (Retired STARS Athlete)
A generous donation was made by Marlene and Stephanie in memory of Christine Motyka.
The Elite STARS Family is forever grateful for these generous donations and continued support.
It saddens the STARS Family to share the loss of a 17 year veteran team member, Christine Motyka. She was a gymnast, skater, and part of our AAA program. Christine was born March 18, 1981, in Park Ridge, she passed away suddenly, February 16, 2016 in Elk Grove with her loving Family by her side. She will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched.
We remember and pay tribute to our long time friend and supporter of Elite STARS, Doug Baxter. Doug was Patty's childhood friend and premier supporter of the Hacker's Classic. He was also a very close, dear friend of the D'Avolio and Hermann families. Doug was passionate about helping Patty live her dream with Elite STARS. If you have ever golfed or attended the Hacker's Classic over the past 22 years, you have enjoyed Doug's smile, his laugh and his entire crew that he would bring annually to support our athletes. He supplied us with over 60% of our raffle items annually and took great pride in helping us. Please pray for him and his family. Doug, we will miss you terribly and the Hacker's will never be the same without you.
We are forever grateful for your friendship and support.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to two big supporters of Elite STARS.
Blue Cross Blue Shield.
We received a generous donation from Blue Cross, because they chose to support our mission of providing equal opportunities and expanded services for individuals with special needs.
The Knights of Columbus.
Every year, volunteers made up of STARS athletes and family member alike, help the Knights during their Annual Tootsie Roll Drive. In appreciation for our service, we have received generous donations from four area Councils. The Knights provide support to many agencies for those with intellectual disabilities.
We in the Elite STARS Family are forever grateful to both of these organizations for their recognition and support!
Once again this year, thanks to all of the amazing reviews we received,
we have won the 2014 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonProfits.org
Please feel free to write your own review or tell your story about your experience with STARS.
This award will give us exposure on the GreatNonProfits.org 2014 Top-Rated Page,
The Huffington Post, TakePart and Parade Magazine.
We're proud to tell the whole world about STARS!
In order to increase our documentation on volunteers and for the safety of all; we are requiring
involved in STARS to complete a couple forms.
There is a form from Special Olympics and one form from STARS.
These must be completed by all
volunteers in order for them to make contact with any of our athletes
during our training times.Special Olympics Adult Class A Volunteer Form
(required for those 18 and older)CLICK HERESpecial Olympics Minor Class A Volunteers Form
(required for those under 18)CLICK HEREElite Stars Volunteer Form
(required for everyone)CLICK HERE
Return these completed forms to Patty ASAPThank you in advance for complying with this request.
Make it a great day!
Representing Elite STARS on Team Illinois, Karlee and Sabrina competed in the
2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey from June 14th through June 21st.
During that week Karlee and Sabrina reached incredible achievements earning them medals and new friendships with athletes from all over the USA.
We are proud to say....
Sabrina brought home,
Gold in Vault, Gold in Uneven Bars, Gold in Balance Beam, Silver in Floor Routine, Gold in All Around
Karlee brought home,
Silver in Vault, Silver in Uneven Bars, Bronze in Balance Beam, Silver in Floor Routine, Fourth in All Around
WAY TO GO GIRLS!!
The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games was the largest national games undertaking ever in the United States.
Nearly 3,500 athletes competed in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports.
The athletes were supported by 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and over 70,000 spectators.
Check out the interview with our very own Patty Hermann, CEO and Founder of Elite Special Athletes Association;
Team Illinois Gymnasts, Karlee Darow and Sabrina Walega; Gymnastics Coach, Ally Sprengel; and
Deb Walega, Mother of Sabrina.Click HERE to View
Congratulations to the Elite STARS
Gymnastics Team for an amazing showing
at the 2013 USA Gymnastics Championships in Marietta Georgia on May 4 and 5, 2013.We can proudly say that we came home with
11 National Champions and 17 National Titles!
WOW!!Click HERE to see a Gallery of highlights from their trip.Great job athletes! Incredible!!
In recognition for Pat's outstanding volunteer efforts in our community, HandsOn Suburban Chicago has appointed a Selection Committee which has selected Pat as a recipient of a 2013 Lead with Experience Award.
Every year HandsOn Suburban Chicago identifies volunteers who deserve special recognition for the
positive impact they have made on the lives of others.
The Lead with Experience Impact Award, sponsored by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), recognizes a volunteer age 55 and better who consistently uses his/her experience and leadership skills to inspire and mobilize others to make a difference.
Way to go Pat!
We are very proud of you and are grateful for your awesome leadership!
Our staff prepared an unbelievable camp filled with intense workouts, crazy activities, and plenty of sweat.
We provided an exceptional coaching staff, filled with certified professionals in all of our sports: gymnastics, cheerleading, skating, and dance as well as fitness specialists.
This year's camp offered a fitness and sport specific track to improve core strength, fitness, tumbling and stunting.
All athletes were given an opportunity to improve themselves over the course of the week, while having a great time achieving new highs. They were all able to maximize potential and develop skills appropriate for all aspects of life. We worked on social development, goal setting, confidence, body awareness, fitness, nutrition, decision making and individual skill development. Each athlete was offered the chance to step outside of the normal scope of training and experience an extensive ELITE training program.
On Saturday, April 21, 2012, the Elite STARS Dance Team
comprised of special needs dancers took the stage for their first
competition of the season at Northside Preparatory High School in
Chicago. Receiving 1 of the 3 "Spirit Awards" from the judges, the team
soared. The team received the "High Score" in their division, "Judges
Top 5 Award" and an amazing standing ovation from a packed venue.
Following the awards ceremony the STARS were approached by the girls
from "Dance Moms" Abby Lee Dance Studio to take pictures. "Dance Moms"
is a reality show on Life Time TV. The show was being filmed during the
competition and will be utilizing various clips from the days'
performances. The Abby Lee Dancers Tweeted about their meet and greet
with the STARS and drew thousands of followers for our program.
Congratulations to all the STARS dancers and their coaches on a great
showing or their first major competition.