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2018-19 Season

Soapbox Derby date has been set.  It is September 15th at 9:00 am.  This is a fun activity offered to our group in memory of Mr. Ford Wilson who started the Soapbox Derby Program in 1999 for our children to experience.  It’s a chance for our kids to drive/ride in a soapbox car along with a professional driver who sits in the back seat of the car as it goes down the hill.  Please note there is an age requirement of “ages 8 and older” that can ride in the soapbox cars.  A separate registration form for the Soapbox Derby will be emailed to participants in the CDC Special Sports Program.


Click here to download a pdf copy of the schedule 

SPORT DATE TIME                          LOCATION
T-BALL/SOCCER             8/18, 8/25, 9/8                 9:30-11:00 AM              Cherry Tree Elementary School
13989 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel, IN 46033
(NO GAMES on Saturday, September 1 - Labor Day Weekend)   

SOAPBOX DERBY 9/15                              9:00 -  3:00 PM ??                    Wilbur Shaw Soap Box Derby Hill
30th and Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN
Age Requirement:  8 years and older
Separate Registration Form required for this event.                              

TENNIS/VOLLEYBALL  9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 11/3, 11/10 9:30 - 11:00 AM        Cherry Tree Elementary School
(NO GAME on Saturday, 10/13 due to Fall Break)                                 

BASKETBALL 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10 9:30 - 11:00 AM              Cherry Tree Elementary School                                   

BOWLING TBD Later                  9:30-10:30 AM                        Woodland Bowl
96th and Keystone Ave, Indianapolis, IN                                     

NO Blackout Date - TBA  

1. Cherry Tree Elementary School   13989 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel, IN 46033
2.  Woodland Bowl is located at 96th and Keystone Avenue, Indianapolis, IN.
3.  Wilbur Shaw Soap Box Derby Hill is located at 30th and Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN.
4.  Carmel High School, Cafeteria is located at 520 East Main, Carmel, IN.   THIS HAS TO BE CONFIRMED FOR NEXT YEAR

Special Sports Program Overview

Welcome to Special Sports! 

Click here for a 2018-2019 registration form. 

Click here for a welcome letter to the Special Sports Program


It is that time of year again to sign your child up for another exciting season of Carmel Dads’ Club Special Sports.  In order to do this, registration is necessary and must be completed
EACH YEAR.  Please take a moment upon receiving this letter and fill out your registration form.  Mark all the activities you anticipate your child will want to participate in.   Also, note the start date for the first sport is Saturday, August 19  Mail form to:

Carmel Dads’ Club Special Sports
Chris Ollier, Secretary
6046 Manning Road
Indianapolis, IN 46228-1048

Volunteers are always needed for the CDC Special Sports!  If you know of any teens (age 13 or older), groups, or adults that would like to help out with our program on Saturdays, please have them contact Kelly Donley at the e-mail address below.  It’s a fun and rewarding way to get service hours too!  Also, if you know of any special events that would benefit our group and kids, e-mail Kelly Donley at [email protected] and our parents will be notified via e-mail.  Thanks for your help!

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 Dads’ Club for approximately thirty-one years.  

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 individual’s ability level.  Please click on the schedule tab for our current season's calendar. 

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. 

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 Dads’ 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 Dads’ Club website by clicking on the registration tab.

Be a Special Sports Volunteer

Coaches and volunteers are an essential part of our program’s 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.

Please contact Kelly Donley at [email protected].

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Please contact the Carmel Dads' Club Office at (317) 846-1663

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