Athletes must be at least eight years of age and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required special instruction.

Sports Seasons and Registration

Winter Sports

Basketball- Registration begins on August 15-October 1. Practices begin in November, and Lakota teams begin December*.

Bowling- Registration begins October 15-December 15. Practices begin in January. There are three locations: Hamilton Columbia Lanes, Northwest Lanes, and Mason Bowl (Lakota)*.

Spring Sports

Volleyball- Registration begins December 15- February 15. Practices typically begin in March.

Track and Field- Registration begins December 15-February 15. Practices typically begin in March.

Bocce- Registration begins December 15- March 1. Practices typically begin in the end of March or early April.

Summer Sports

Golf- Registration begins April 1- May 15. Practices typically begin the end of May or early June.

Fall Sports

Swimming- Registration begins June 15- August 1. There are three levels of swimming we offer. Team swim is for advance swimmers that can independently swim 25 meters without touching the bottom. Instructional level is for swimmers that can swim 25 meters but need to develop stroke technique. Developmental swimmers are beginning swimmers with little to no experience swimming. These swimmers are looking to improve techniques and improve stamina.

Bocce- Registration begins July 15- September 1. Practices typically begin in September.


*(NOTE: Lakota programs are only for students ages 8-22 that are still enrolled in Lakota schools. They must all still register online through Butler County.)

Advisory Board Members

All members of our Advisory Board are volunteer individuals dedicated to the development of Special Olympics in Butler County.

Tonja Pohlman

Local Coordinator 

Connie Sullivan

Treasurer/ Secretary 

Diana Weeks

Parent Representative

Jim Brueschaber

Coach Representative

Larry Tischler

Board President

Mary Swagler

Parent/Coach Representative

Scott Mann

Coach Representative

Matt Patterson

Coach Representative

Erica Bowling


Bobby Zeisler

Athlete Representative

Gail Reihl

Coach Representative

Kristen Snyder

Coach Representative