The Special Sports Program provides a positive sports experience for mentally and/or physically challenged school aged children, five and up, throughout central Indiana, and has been a part of the Carmel Dadsí Club for approximately twenty-eight years. Each Saturday throughout the school year, participants get together to play a rotating sports schedule, featuring T-ball, soccer, basketball, bowling, tennis and volleyball. In addition, participants also have the opportunity to take part in an annual soap box derby, in which they are paired with professional drivers for a thrilling ride down soap box hill. Our program is an excellent stepping stone for those who might choose to participate in Special Olympics. Everyone participates according to his or her interest and ability, and the rules of each sport are modified to meet each individualís ability level. T-shirts for the athletes have been graciously provided by Gordon Homes of the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning. Please click on the schedule tab for our current season's calendar.
Due to monies raised through seven years of Special Sports Food and Wine Fests, a special fund (The Rod Richardson and Carrie Hutnicke Fund for Special Sports) was established with the Carmel Dadsí Club. This fund will continue to provide the resources necessary for all Special Sports activities to remain free forever for our participants. A registration form can be filled out on the first day of participation or may be downloaded off of the Carmel Dadsí Club website by clicking on the registration tab.
Coaches and volunteers are an essential part of our programís success. We are always in need of energetic individuals, age 13 and up, and welcome both individuals and teams who have a desire to be involved in this very worthwhile endeavor. If you would like more information about participating, or volunteer opportunities with the Special Sports Program, please contact Suzanne Mandel at 317-595-9016 or via e-mail at email@example.com. We welcome and appreciate sponsorship donations.