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WHO WE ARE

Special Olympics offers year-round training and competitions in Olympic-style sports to high school athletes with intellectual disabilities. Our individual and team sports include Unified Soccer, basketball, aquatics, track and field, and bowling. WV Special Olympics ensures that everyone has the chance to exert themselves to the fullest, to reach beyond their own limits, and to feel proud of their achievements. Students volunteer as peer coaches to assist with the different sports seasons as well. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Partner, please check the information under PEER PARTNERS in the menu bar.

WHAT WE DO

Special Olympics at Waubonsie Valley High School offers high schoolers with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competitions in Olympic-style sports. Our individual and team sports – aquatics, basketball, Unified Soccer, track and field, and bowling - provide quality training and well-matched sporting events. Win or lose, the goal is always to be brave in the attempt! WV Special Olympics ensures that everyone has the chance to exert themselves to the fullest, to reach beyond their own limits, and to feel proud of their achievements!

 

Team of Coaches

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Mr. Ruiz started college in Mexico and continue his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) majoring in Philosophy. He then returned to UIC to obtain a master's degree in Special Education. He has been at Waubonsie Valley since 2007. He joined Special Olympics as assistant coach in the Fall of 2015 coaching soccer. He grew up playing and loving soccer; soccer is an integral part of his life. Mr. Ruiz enjoys running (3 Half-marathons), listening to Jazz, reading, and playing soccer.

Head Coach

Alfonso Ruiz

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Mr. Berardi received his Bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University in Special Education in 2013. He first started coaching/volunteering Special Olympic basketball in 2010 with the DeKalb Special Recreation Association where he quickly grew to love the relationships that he was able to build with the athletes. 2016 was his first season coaching Special Olympic basketball at Waubonsie Valley and could not have enjoyed it more! In his free time, he is an avid sports fan. Mr. Berardi specifically follows the White Sox, Bears, Bulls, and Hawks on a daily basis.

Assistant Coach

Dan Berardi

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Mrs. DeMar graduated from Illinois State University in the fall of 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Special Education, and recently finished up her Master's Degree in Educational Technology from Aurora University. She has worked with Special Olympics through SEASPAR (Special Parks and Recreation), and is looking forward to using that experience with students here at WV. In her free time Mrs. DeMar enjoys singing, kickboxing, and hanging out with her family, friends, and two Goldendoodles. Fun Fact: Mrs. DeMar graduated from Waubonsie in 2009! Once a Warrior, always a Warrior!

Assistant Coach

Michelle Demar

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Mr. Van Overbake graduated from Illinois State University in the fall of 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in history/social studies education. He received his LBS1 endorsement from the University of St. Francis in the summer of 2014. He student taught at Waubonsie in 2011, became a D204 substitute in 2012 and a teaching assistant at Waubonsie in 2014. Becoming head coach of Special Olympics was the perfect opportunity for Mr. Van Overbake to continue to work and build on the relationships he and the students built together in the classroom while he was a TA. Mr. Van Overbake enjoys skateboarding, music, movies, the great outdoors, food, animals, Da Bulls and Da Bears!

Assistant Coach

John Van Overbake

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