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Elite Special Athletes Foundation

Rating: 4.96 stars   46 reviews 1,550

Nonprofit Issues:

Philanthropy, Sports

Address:

1331 Colwyn Dr Schaumburg IL 60194 USA

Mission:

STARS Athletics is proud to offer a unique program for individuals with special needs from 4 years of age and up. Specialized training designed especially for individuals with developmental and physical limitations. Designed by a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Personal Trainer and United States Association of Gymnastics Professional, UCA Cheer Professional and ISI/UFSA Skating Professional, the STARS program promises to develop athletes both physically and mentally while maximizing the fun! Recreational programs promise fun, fitness, socialization and a learning opportunity for families to gain an understanding of healthy lifestyles and the opportunities available to those individuals with special needs. The competitive programs are one-of-a-kind programs that offer elite coaching, great facilities and year-round training and competition opportunities to athletes with special needs. Athletes receive superior certified coaching support and have the opportunity to take part in the outstanding peer coach program, outings, clinics, camps, special events, trips and meets and competitions (locally & across the USA). STARS Athletics is home to several Special Olympic World Champions, numerous State and District Champions and many other titles in the sport of special needs gymnastics, cheerleading and figure skating. Superior and above the rest, the STARS are the elite for athletes with special needs. Founder Patty Hermann serves on the Special Olympic International Committee representing the USA in the sport of special needs gymnastics. The goal of the program is to train athletes in both USAG/UCA/ISI skills and Special Olympic routines; therefore, empowering all athletes to reach their highest possible potential both physically and mentally. Education, training, diet, nutrition, fitness, wellness and community involvement are all a part of this unique training program that works to develop athletes as a whole person. STARS Athletics is about more than just gymnastics, cheerleading, figure skating, and strength and power, it’s about getting more, doing more and being more.

Results:

Our programs have grown to over 150 athletes this year. We have also added numerous volunteer peer coaches to assist with our programs. We have also added the new program of strength and power. We continue to strive for providing the best programs and opportunities for special needs athletes, that aren't readily available in their communities.

Target demographics:

We help Special Needs athletes starting at age 4 and going well into their 20’s.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

In 2003, with the help of her family and friends, Patty founded her own Foundation (ELITE STARS) and works actively to secure funding for over 150 special needs athletes and their peer coaches. Today, the Foundation – ELITE houses a USAG club sanctioned gymnastics team, ISI Figure Skating Team and UCA Competitive Cheer Team and Competitive Dance Team. Continuously raising the bar and creating opportunities for special individuals, Patty has made this her passion. Surrounded by her husband John, son Jake, mother Pat and brother Chris and his family, she has been able to create unique opportunities that enrich the lives of special athletes around the USA and has proudly defied the perception that special people cannot be highly trained competitive athletes. She works tirelessly to provide opportunities and life changing experiences to special needs athletes. Her programs grow every year. These programs create incredible opportunities for these special needs athletes.

Geographic areas served:

Our Athletes come from 26 different suburbs in and around the Chicagoland area.

Programs:

Unique athletic programs for individuals with special needs. We offer gymnastics, dance, figure skating, cheer and strength and power.

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Reviews for Elite Special Athletes Foundation

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My daughter has been an athlete with the Elite Stars for 3 years now. She looks forward to her time there and never wants to miss a practice. Elite Stars families, Patty, and all the peer coaches really are an extension of our own family. This is so much more than an Athletic organization. There are yearly event happenings that everyone anticipates, like the annual swim party at the coaches house, the Christmas party that has everyone in the house dancing until the place is forced to shut us down. My daughter has many opportunities for growth with the Elite Stars, she travels with her team where she is taught independence and self reliance. The are so many facets to this program and I can't be more grateful that we are able to give my daughter this experience. I would highly recommend anyone that is raising a child with special needs to give Elite Stars a try. It's been said, once an Elite Star, always an Elite Star!

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Patty Hermann and the entire Elite Stars staff continue to set the bar high for these challenged athletes and yet show compassion and caring while encouraging them to reach their goals. Our athletes grow as athletes and individuals, learning to be more independent adults along the way.

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Elite Stars is a terrific organization. My daughter has benefited tremendously since joining the team 3 years ago. I am very impressed with the variety of athletic opportunities for special needs children and young adults. My daughter is involved with the dance and cheer teams and she has blossomed as a result of her participation. Recently, my other daughter has been volunteering as a peer coach with Elite Stars. Elite Stars is an organization that is part of our family.

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Patty Hermann's Elite Stars is an incredible organization. Our daughter Diana has been dancing competitively for 4 years now. Diana loves the competitions and talks about the Elite Stars summer camp every year. The Elite Stars coaches continually push the athletes to achieve then push again. My wife and I are shocked with what our daughter can do physically. We never imagined the balance and dexterity she has attained.
Elite Stars not only has competitive dance but gymnastics, ice skating and cheer leading. Diana has made many new friends with coaches and athletes. At the 5 day summer camp (NO Parents Allowed) athletes from all sports and coaches stay at a local hotel, working out every day, then doing various things in the evening, from concerts in the park, to visiting swim parks or special nights to restaurants. This year they went to a Chicago Bandits softball game at night and spent hours with the team during the day.
This organization has been wonderful for Diana. It has filled a void for Diana since graduating high school 8 years ago. She looks forward to her lessons, new routines, meeting new athletes and coaches and is constantly mapping out the competitions once they are announced. Diana keeps up her own calendar to remind us when it is time for class, competitions and especially camp.

We are extremely lucky to live where our daughter can participate with Elite Stars.
Sincerely,
John Filler & Jeanne Vivirto

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Patty D'Avolio Herman has founded Elite STARS, it's a foundation for Special Needs Children, they learn gymnastics, cheerleading, swimming, baseball, many activities. Patty and her group also take the children out of town to compete against other teams, her cheerleading group has won many awards, Patty gets so many people including her family involved in her many activities to support her passion. She puts on an annual golf outings as well to raise funds, puts in many many hours for her kids. She should be on Channel 7 for "Someone You Should Know".

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My daughter has been in Elite Stars for two years. She absolutely loves it. The coaches and volunteers are wonderful. She learns what it is to be part of a team and work together. And work hard they do! She has learned good food choices, discipline and most of all self esteem. If you put your mind to it you can do anything.
This organization enables their strengths not their disabilities. We are lucky to have such organization.

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As a volunteer coach with the Elite Stars I have experienced a lot of life changing lessons that I might not have learned without the help of this wonderful foundation. Patty is an inspiration to many and continues to support and encourage athletes, no matter their difference to branch out, try their best, and always move forward. Just watching what she does with these children makes you love her even more. Without her fire and passion the Elite Stars wouldn't be the same. Although the althletes we work with have special needs, never once have we treated them as if they do. We push them just as hard as we would any other child and that's what makes us different from the rest. Every single athlete loves being around everyone apart of the Elite Stars. It's more of a family than a team. The athletes are more excited for the accomplishments of their peers than for their own achievements and that's what makes it a joy to work with the Stars. Being apart of the Stars has impacted me more than anything. The attitudes of the athletes are impeccable. No matter the obstacle, big or small, nothing is impossible to them and when they do fail, they get back up and just keep on going. These athletes are an inspiration to not just me but anyone who has had the opportunity to be apart of the foundation. I have never been apart of such a loving and accepting community and without the stars I would be lost. This foundation deserves an endless amount of support wether it be donations, attendance to their events or just a simple word to help inform more people of what we do. The Elite Stars deserves recognition for their amazing talent and warm hearts. Nothing beats waking up at 8 am on a Saturday morning to walk into the gym and see the athletes bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to work.

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I have been a peer coach for Elite Stars for a few years now. I think that this organization does an amazing thing for all the athletes involved. I help coach the figure skating team, when i am home from college, and seeing the improvement in each and everyone of those skaters is a truly amazing feeling, which is one of the reason I love to coach. I think that this organization, no matter what team you are on, does truly remarkable things for their athletes. It not only creates friendships between the athletes, but it also builds confidence in them. These athletes know that when they go to practice for Elite Stars that they are going to a safe place that accepts them for who they are.

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I am proud to be a fan of the Elite Stars! What a wonderful organization! My sister has been involved with dance and workout sessions! She lovessss it! I enjoy going to the dance competitions and supporting all of the athletes who have practiced so hard. :-) LET'S GO STARS!

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After 28 years in the field of servicing individuals with special needs I continue to be amazed with what has been accomplished with the Elite Stars program. Superior in all aspects of training, coaching, facilities and development, our program continues to soar attracting athletes from over 26 different suburbs. I am elated to have developed and created a program that continues to defy the perception that athletes with special needs cannot be competitively treated and trained like others. The Stars continue to grow in sport, spirit and splendor each day. I am blessed to be surrounded by the countries best athletes and coaches. Go Stars!!

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WHY STARS ATHLETICS?
STARS Athletics is proud to offer a unique program for individuals with special needs from 4 years of age and up. Specialized training designed especially for individuals with developmental and physical limitations. Designed by a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Personal Trainer and United States Association of Gymnastics Professional, UCA Cheer Professional and ISI/UFSA Skating Professional, the STARS program promises to develop athletes both physically and mentally while maximizing the fun!

Recreational programs promise fun, fitness, socialization and a learning opportunity for families to gain an understanding of healthy lifestyles and the opportunities available to those individuals with special needs. The competitive programs are one-of-a-kind programs that offer elite coaching, great facilities and year-round training and competition opportunities to athletes with special needs. Athletes receive superior certified coaching support and have the opportunity to take part in the outstanding peer coach program, outings, clinics, camps, special events, trips and meets and competitions (locally & across the USA).

STARS Athletics is home to several Special Olympic World Champions, numerous State and District Champions and many other titles in the sport of special needs gymnastics, cheerleading and figure skating. Superior and above the rest, the STARS are the elite for athletes with special needs. Founder Patty Hermann serves on the Special Olympic International Committee representing the USA in the sport of special needs gymnastics.

INDIVIDUAL GOALS. WORLD CLASS RESULTS
The goal of the program is to train athletes in both USAG/UCA/ISI skills and Special Olympic routines; therefore, empowering all athletes to reach their highest possible potential both physically and mentally. Education, training, diet, nutrition, fitness, wellness and community involvement are all a part of this unique training program that works to develop athletes as a whole person. STARS Athletics is about more than just gymnastics, cheerleading and figure skating, it’s about getting more, doing more and being more.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
STARS Athletics specializes in this inclusive training track for a population which is currently not training and/or competing in USAG/UCA/ISI/UFSA skills and events. High intensive “normal” competitive training experiences with extended social opportunities in a “non-segregated” atmosphere is the priority. Certified and trained adult coaches, top notch training environments, trained and highly skilled peer coaches and professionally trained dance instructors are part of the foundation which makes this the place “where champions come to train.” Parents and family members are invited and encouraged to take part in the STARS Parents Club, assist with competitions, and participate in special events and fundraisers.

ARE YOU READY TO MAXIMIZE YOUR POTENTIAL?
Great facilities, fun social environment, certified adult coaches, skilled peer coaches, skilled dance instructors, special events, community shows, outings, specialty clinics, camps, parties, competition opportunities, both local and across the USA, and being a part of a superior sport family. STARS Athletics invites you to join our family where the only thing “special” in our programs is what we offer and the way we do things.

For additional information please contact:
Patty Hermann, CEO & Founder
phermann@elitestars.org or elitestars.org
847-804-3545

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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