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.
The 2016 Spring Schedule and Registration are now available for download!Click HERE to download your copy
We're very excited about the upcoming Spring athletic programs.
The schedule covers April through June.
Always check the 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!
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.
Join us for the 16th 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 & dance as well as fitness specialists. Skaters are encouraged to participate in the fitness & strength track to build muscles, increase balance and work flexibility for skating. 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. Dancers will participate in the fitness & strength sessions as well as the dance sessions. 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 GYMNASTICS, CHEER, DANCE & FITNESS STAFF • PEER COACHES • CHEERLEADING • CARDIOVASCULAR TRAINING • WATER AEROBICS • 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, Schaumburg & the Hoffman Estates Ice Arena; LaQuinta Inn in Hoffman Estates.
CAMP OPTIONS & FEES
$475: 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 NOW.
All fees must be paid by June 1, 2016. No refunds after June 1, 2016
Please make checks payable to PAT D'AVOLIO
The Elite Stars will take you as far as you want to go!
Download your 2016 Camp Registration and Consent to Travel Forms
Check out the highlights from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Elite STARS All Sport Camps
Join us on the Elite Stars Facebook Group
Make it a great day!
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.