Elite Special Athletes Foundation
Rating: 4.96 stars 46 reviews
Issues: Philanthropy, Sports
Location: 1331 Colwyn Dr Schaumburg IL 60194 USA
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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I started coaching for STARS a couple years ago and I can honestly say that it has been one of the best experiences thus far in my life. Working with children with disabilities has opened my eyes to many amazing things and caused me realize how fortunate I am. The children I've coached are just like any other person and truly do have the kindest of hearts! It is such an amazing feeling knowing that these children look up to you in so many ways not only as a coach but a friend as well. Patty Hermann is also such an inspiring woman and devotes so much of her life to this program that means so much to so many families and volunteers. This organization means the world a lot of its athletes!
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