The 2015 Brand NEW Spring Schedule & Registration are now available for download!

Click HERE to download.

We have another great session in store for all of our Athletes.
This schedule covers April through June.
Always keep an eye on our website for updates, changes and important announcements.

Payments are due the first week of the session.
Please remember, checks should be made payable to...
PATTY HERMANN FBO STARS ATHLETICS.

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!

Join us for the 15th 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
$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, 2015.  No refunds after June 1, 2015

Please make checks out to "Patty Hermann FBO STARS"


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


For more information contact Patty Hermann 847-804-3547 or eMail Patty

phermann@elitestars.org

Download your 2015 Camp Registration and Consent to Travel Forms
CLICK HERE


Check out the highlights from the 2012 and 2013 Elite STARS All Sport Camps


Join us on the Elite STARS Facebook Group

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,
EVERYONE 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 HERE

Special Olympics Minor Class A Volunteers Form
(required for those under 18)
CLICK HERE

Elite Stars Volunteer Form
(required for everyone)
CLICK HERE

Return these completed forms to Patty ASAP
Thank 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.
Congratulations to our Gymnastics Team for an amazing showing
at the 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships in Marietta, Georgia on May 3 and 4, 2014.

We are very proud of their accomplishments.
Amazing!

Click here to see a Video of highlights from their trip.
Nice job STARS!
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
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 —
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.