Hamilton Area YMCA

SKOR and SOAR

Personal goals and individual achievement — that’s the focus of our SKOR (Special Kids Organized Recreation) and SOAR (Special Organized Adult Recreation) programs, which provide quality programming for individuals with intellectual, physical, and/or emotional disabilities.

These programs promote peer and family interaction in a fun, healthy, and safe environment. Participants ages 5 and up can enjoy a variety of instructional, social, and sports programs ranging from Aquatics to Zumba, each designed to meet their individual needs, interests and capabilities.

For more information about SKOR/SOAR programming, please contact Janice Nastasi, Director of SKOR/SOAR, at 609.581.9622 ext. 114 or jnastasi@hamiltonymca.org.

The Hamilton Area YMCA is committed to an inclusive environment. For more information regarding our inclusive program offerings and accommodations, please contact Tyler Koerber at 609.581.9622 ext. 121 or tkoerber@hamiltonymca.org.

As with any program of this nature, volunteers play an important and vital part. “Buddies” engage with our program participants and are there to provide help with learning different skills as well as just being there to talk to when needed. If you or someone you know would enjoy this experience, click on the Volunteer Registration link under "Downloads" to get involved.

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Program Dates

Summer: June 24 - August 25

Registration Dates

Facility Member Registration: 
  • Monday, June 10
Program & New Member Registration:
  • Monday, June 17

Instructional Programs

Instructional programs meet on a weekly basis and focus on the personal goals and individual achievements for all participants. Our programs focus on the importance of appropriate social interaction and demonstrating proper social skills. All programs promote peer and family interaction in a fun, healthy, and safe environment. Membership to the Hamilton Area YMCA is required for most programs. See each program for details. Program fees apply. Parent participation may be required if the participant cannot work within ratios listed.

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Alley Cats Bowling (ages 5+)

Participants and their families enjoy a fun afternoon of bowling at Hamilton Lanes located at 1200 Kuser Road. Bowling ramps and bumpers are available upon request. Participants must be able to work with a 5 to 1 ratio.

Drop-ins and non-members welcome. Contact Janice Nastasi at jnastasi@hamiltonymca.org for details.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    We 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM 1SKJACB1 $55 / $55 / $55

BASKETBALL (ages 5+)

Basketball season runs for 8 weeks beginning in January.
  • Ages 5-15
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  • Ages 16+
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Dance (ages 13+)

Learn different dance moves to some of today’s favorite music. While you’re at it, you will also learn some of the popular line dances so you can keep up on the dance floor all night! Participants must be able to work with a 7:1 ratio, and be able to follow instructions. Parents may be asked to assist if the participant cannot work independently within the ratio.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Mo 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1SKJD JKR -JKR Branch $56 / $46 / $15

Pickleball (ages 3+)

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, ping pong, and racquetball.  It is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It’s a Low impact game that’s easy to learn, great exercise and A LOT of fun!

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    Fr 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1SKSPB SAWMIL-Sawmill Branch $56 / $46 / $15

Strength Training (ages 16+)

Participants learn exercise techniques, body positioning, nutrition information, and more while working with some of the most current equipment available. Participants MUST be able to work with a 7 to 1 ratio, follow instructions independently, and understand the importance of safety for themselves as well as other members working out.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM 1SKJST JKR -JKR Branch $49 / $41 / $15

SOAR Strong II (ages 18+)

Get your fitness goin’ on as a certified YMCA Trainer introduces participants to Cardio, Body Weight, Resistance, and Flexibility activities. Learn the importance of stretching and flexibility and transition into different physical activities to promote health and fitness. Participants must be able to work within a 7:1 ratio and be able to follow instructions and understand the importance of safety as part of the program will take place in the fitness center working on different machines.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    We 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM 1SKJSS2 JKR -JKR Branch $56 / $46 / $15

Zumba (ages 5+)

Zumba classes are rockin’, high-energy fitness parties packed with specially choreographed, friendly routines and a variety of music including 80’s 90’s and current favorites. The positive effects it has on kids include increasing their focus and self-confidence, boosting metabolism and enhancing coordination. Participants must work on a 7 to 1 ratio.

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    Tu 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM 1SKJZ JKR -JKR Branch $56 / $46 / $15

Special Events & Social Nights

The Hamilton Area YMCA SKOR-SOAR Program offers many special events throughout the year. Events may include dances, Family picnics, Moonlight Bowling, movie nights, and more! These events are open to all individuals with disabilities ages 5 and up and their families. Membership to the Hamilton Area YMCA is not required. A minimal fee and registration form are required to attend. Other restrictions may apply depending on the event. 

If you have an idea for a special event, contact Janice Nastasi at 609.581.9622 ext. 114 or jnastasi@hamiltonymca.org

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Pizza, Pic, and Play

Registration information coming soon!
Hang out with your friends while you get a chance to play basketball, watch a movie, and eat pizza! Members and non-members are welcome!

Participants should be able to work within a 7:1 ratio. Parents must stay in the building for participants under the age of 13 and/or for those that are unable to work independently within the ratio. All participants MUST have a registration form completed.

STEM Nights

Registration information coming soon!
Participants will be able to build, design, and test their own experiments and inventions! Thank you to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Medical Staff for sponsoring!

STEM Night is open to all individuals with disabilities age 10 and up who are able to work with a volunteer and follow instructions. Participants should be able to work within a 5:1 ratio. Parents must stay in the room for those participants that are unable to work within the ratio and any participant under the age of 13. We will have volunteers on hand to assist, but we can always use the extra hands to help out.

STEM Night Dates:
Stay tuned for upcoming dates!

Membership to the Hamilton Area YMCA is NOT required. All participants MUST have a registration form completed. Please see the "downloads" section in the upper righthand corner of the page for the registration form.

Please complete the form (print neatly) and give the bottom half to the desk upon registering. Registration can be done at the JKR Branch Member Service Desk or by mail to:

 Hamilton Area YMCA
Attn: SKOR/SOAR STEM Night
1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Checks payable to Hamilton Area YMCA.

Diverse Abilities Swim

View our Aquatics page or contact Nicole Bizuga at 609.581.9622 ext. 128 for more information.

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Diverse Abilities Swim - Water Acclimation (ages 3 - 12)

Increases comfort with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1SKJAC1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Th 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1SKJAC2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Diverse Abilities Swim - Water Movement (ages 3 - 12)

Encourages forward movement in water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1SKJMV1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Th 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 1SKJMV2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Diverse Abilities Swim - Water Stamina (ages 3 - 12)

Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM 1SKJST1 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15
    Th 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM 1SKJST2 JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Diverse Abilities Swim - Stroke Introduction (ages 3 - 12)

Introduces basic stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and reinforces water safety through treading water and elementary backstroke.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM 1SKJIN JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Diverse Abilities Swim - Teen (ages 13+)

Non-swimmers and beginners who have basic skills in the water will learn technique and build confidence through various activities. Instructors work on individual needs in a group setting.

  • DaysHoursCodeLocationProg / Fac / Fac+
    Th 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM 1SKJTEEN JKR -JKR Branch $78 / $56 / $15

Sports Programs & Leagues

Our Sports Programs contain a variety of sports that meet on a weekly basis throughout each season and provide different levels of instruction for all participants.

Sports programs are available for individuals ages 5 and up. Teams are put together by age and ability level to the best of our ability. Participants will go over the skills and rules, from the very basics to more in depth instruction, as well as participating in non-competitive scrimmages each week. Membership is required and additional one-on-one support may be available.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for or sponsoring one of our Sports Programs, please contact Janice Nastasi at jnastasi@hamiltonymca.org.

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BASKETBALL (ages 5+)

Basketball season runs for 8 weeks beginning in January.
  • Ages 5-15
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  • Ages 16+
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Pickleball (ages 10+)

Pickleball runs Friday nights from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Sawmill Branch located at 185 Sawmill Road in Hamilton.

This program is designed for athletes who want to learn basics of playing pickleball, as well as those who are a little more experienced. Pickleball is also a good way to get some great exercise while having some fun. If you aren’t sure what pickleball is, think tennis meets life-size ping pong! Athletes must be able to follow instructions and work within a 5:1 ratio. Athletes should wear athletic type clothing and proper athletic type shoes. Those not dressed properly will not be permitted to participate. Athletes should bring their own water in a plastic water bottle labeled with their name.

SOCCER (ages 5+)

Participants will practice different skills and drills throughout the season with some help from local athletes from Hamilton Girls Soccer Club. They will also have the opportunity to play non-competitive controlled scrimmage games.

Soccer season runs for 8 weeks beginning in September.

  • Ages 5-8
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  • Ages 9-15
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  • Ages 16-21
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  • Ages 22 +
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TRACK & FIELD (ages 5+)

Participants will practice with our Special Olympics Athletes in different events including:

  • 50 Meter Dash
  • Standing/Running Long Jump
  • Tennis Ball Throw
  • Softball Throw
  • Mini Javelin Throw

Track and Field season runs for 8 weeks beginning in March.

  • Ages 5-8
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  • Ages 9-15
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  • Ages 16-21
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  • Ages 22-35
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Special Olympics Competition Sports are a more competitive option for individuals ages 8 and up. Participants compete in the Special Olympics New Jersey Sport Competitions. Membership to the Hamilton Area YMCA is not required. Participants must be able to work independently without a one-on-one and must have a valid Special Olympics New Jersey Medical.

All Team sports (i.e. basketball, softball, soccer) will meet on a weekly basis for practices and competitions. All individual sports (i.e. powerlifting, track & field, bocce, snowshoeing) will meet on a weekly basis for practices and will have a few competitions throughout the season. Practice dates, times, and location will be determined at a later date based on SONJ scheduling.

The 2018 - 2019 registration form can be found in the "downloads" box in the upper right-hand side of the page. More information on each sport can be found on the Special Olympics page of our website.

Programs

  • Miracle League

  • Inclusive programming

  • National Inclusion Project

 

*SKOR Programming is funded in part by the Office of the Disabled, County of Mercer.