The NEW 2016 WInter schedule and Registration are now available for download!

Click HERE to download your copy

We're excited about the upcoming Winter programs.
This schedule covers January through March.
Always keep an eye on the website 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!
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.

Sweet Profits!

The Fannie May Chocolate Bars are in!

Everyone is welcome to sell them.  We have variety cases (4 boxes/209 bars) and Solid Chocolate cases (4 boxes/36 bars).  Case Cost for Variety is $129 you profit $80 per case; Case Cost for Chocolate is $89 you profit $55 per case-- WE HAVE TONS so there is no timeline---sell for your fees, camps, uniforms, trips... 

Patty will bring cases to the gym on Saturday or you can pick up from Patty's house.

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

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 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)

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

Elite Stars Volunteer Form
(required for everyone)

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


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.

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 —
— 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!

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!

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.
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.