The NEW Spring Schedule and Registration are now available for download!

Click HERE to download

Thanks so much for a great year so far!
We're excited about the upcoming Spring and Summer.
This schedule covers April through part of June.
Always keep an eye on this website for updates, changes and important announcements.

Payments are due by the 2nd week of practices.
Please remember, checks should be made payable to:
PATTY HERMANN FBO STARS ATHLETICS.


Make it a great day!
Join us for the 14th annual STARS overnight elite fitness & sports camp for individuals with special needs ages 6 years & older. We promise that this experience will be a great one! The staff has prepared an unbelievable camp filled with intense workouts, crazy activities, and plenty of sweat. Exceptional coaching staff filled with certified coaching professionals in all our sports: gymnastics, cheerleading, skating & dance as well as fitness specialists. Camp will offer everything from dance clinics to daily aerobics to balance exercises to studying form and body mechanics. This years' camp offers a fitness & sport specific track for athletes who have a greater interest in strength & body, a gymnastics track & a cheer track to improve core strength, fitness, tumbling & stunting.

Aspire to train and be the best you can be in this specialized training program. Designed to provide the highest level of normalcy and inclusion, athletes are trained utilizing a peer coach program to shadow teach and to improve overall body strength & well-being. Individual training & fitness goals will be assessed and set by the coaching staff & worked on throughout the week.

All athletes are given the opportunity to improve themselves over the course of the week while having a great time achieving new highs. Maximize potential and develop skills appropriate for all aspects of life. Work on social development, goal setting, confidence, body awareness, fitness, nutrition, decision making & individual skill development. We are offering your athlete the chance to step outside of the normal scope of training & experience an extensive and ELITE training program.

• CERTIFIED STAFF • PEER COACHES • ICE SKATING • CHEERLEADING
• CARDIOVASCULAR TRAINING • WATER AEROBIC • FITNESS PROS • SWIMMING
• DANCE CLINICS • EVENING OUTINGS • PERSONAL TRAINERS • NUTRITION
• AWARDS CEREMONY • CAMP SHOW • NEW FRIENDS *MUCH MORE!


TRAINING & HOUSING LOCATIONS
Gymkhana, Hanover Park, The Academy of Athletic Advancement, Mount Prospect & the Hoffman Estates Ice Arena; LaQuinta Inn in Hoffman Estates.

CAMP OPTIONS & FEES
$450: full camp overnight option
$375: day camp only (workouts & activities--participates in everything except sleeping over)
 
We do fill up, so to hold your spot we need a $75 deposit by Feb. 25.
All fees must be paid by June 1, 2014.  No refunds after June 1, 2014

 
The Elite Stars will take you as far as you want to go!

For more information contact Patty Hermann
847-804-3547 or email her at...
phermann@elitestars.org

Click HERE to download all of the registration forms
1. STARS Camp Registration 2014
2. STARS Consent to Travel and Meds 2014
3. STARS Volunteers 2014

Join us on the Elite STARS Facebook page
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
Two of our very own Elite STARS gymnasts have been selected to represent Team Illinois
in the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games. The Games will be in Princeton New Jersey, the week of June 14-21. Other athletes from around the United States will be competing in the sports of aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, golf, artistic gymnastics, powerlifting, volleyball and Unified soccer.
This is quite an honor for Elite STARS to have two of its gymnasts chosen to participate in this great event.
The games will have 3,500 Athletes, 1,000 Coaches & Delegates, 10,000 Volunteers,
70,000 Spectators & Families!

Congratulations again to Karlee Darow, Sabrina Walega and all the 2014 USA Games Athletes!


Click HERE to check out more about the Games.
Check out the article about Elite STARS written by Patty and published in
Family Time Magazine • Special Needs Guide 2014
pages 16-17

— Click HERE to see the magazine —
or
— Click HERE to download the magazine —
We've discovered a great way to raise funds — The Fundinco Solution.
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For every dollar spent at Amazon.com, Elite STARS will receive a commission on the purchase!
There are no additional costs to you, no logins, and no strings attached.
Please support Elite STARS fundraising goal to financially support all of our athletic programs and services.
This fundraiser will have impact on our athletes, peer coaches and families.
The money we earn will make a huge difference.

Make sure to add this Fundinco link, http://www.fundinco.org/orghome.php?orgid=1080
to your favorites (a.k.a. bookmarks) so that you can come back anytime you shop online and raise money.
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There also is an Amazon icon on every page of this website, in the left hand column for your convenience.

Happy Shopping and Many Thanks for your Support!
Make it a great Day!!

The new schedule of all the important events and competitions is now available on the "Calendar" page of our website or you can download a PDF from the "Downloads" page of our website.

Lots of great events and important dates coming up, so be sure to mark your calendars.
We don't want you to miss out!


Once again this year, thanks to all of the amazing reviews we received,
we have won the 2013 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 2013 Top-Rated Page,
The Huffington Post, TakePart and Parade Magazine.

We're proud to tell the whole world about STARS!
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!

Important
for Special Olympics Gymnsatics
NEW Artistic Gymnastics Compulsory Routines and Music 2012-2019


Our coaching staff has been trained for these new routines.
Our athletes and parents may want to view the videos and read through the new rules to become familiar with the changes that will take affect immediately.

Below is the video link for the new routines.
The music downloads are also available at the bottom of videos at this link.
Also available on this site is a PDF of the new rules for Artistic Gymnastics.

Click Here for VIDEOS
SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Artistic Gymnastics Compulsory Routines & Music 2012-2019

Click here to download NEW Special Olympics Artistic Gymnastics RULES
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.
The 'NEW ELITE STARS Strength & Power Team" will be the first
Special Needs "strong man" team in the country.

Click here to see our Athletic Performance Trainer, Jason Domnanovich's Profile.
Click here to see the Training Facility's Website.
Click here for directions to our Training Facility.
Click here to see our Training Calendar.

e-Mail us about this NEW Program at strength@elitestars.org.

We are very excited to be able to offer this awesome program to Special Needs Athletes.
Won't you join us?

We'll take you as far as you want to go!
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.