All-Star Training Club (ATC) was established to provide an integrated sports program for individuals with or without disabilities where everyone, regardless of ability, is encouraged to participate on the field of athletic competition. ATC is a sanctioned Special Olympics organization and is the only program in a five-county area that offers such a unique approach to athletics where everyone is given the opportunity to become a rising star.
In early 2014, All-Star Training Club became the newest member of the United Disability Services (UDS) family. In his new role as athletic director, ATC Founder Dan Lancianese will continue to work closely with athletes, families and volunteers to promote the benefits of fun and fitness for everyone.
United Disability Services is celebrating 65 years of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing opportunities for full participation in the community. For more information about any of our other programs and services visit us at www.udsakron.org.
The 2014-15 bowling season is
under way! ATC bowling has more than 145 bowlers registered to bowl in this year's
league. This is the largest group ATC has ever had. ATC bowling has expanded
the number of teams competing from six to eight teams.
Spartans and Tigers have taken the
early lead in the team standings by sweeping their opponents. The Spartans were
led by Sean K. who rolled a 245 series which is 43 pins over his average. Ann
Marie D. led the Tigers with a 261 series which is 91 pins over her average.
John M. of the Panthers rolled the single game high of 208.
Click here to see the complete scores and team
The ATC Flag Football championships
proved to be very exciting and entertaining. In the consolation finals, it was
the Knights holding off the Griffins by the score of 49-46 to take the 3rd
place spot. The Knights had a 29-12 lead at one point and looked to be putting
the game away with another go ahead score when a pass got picked off in the end
zone by Ryan who then went 49 yards the other way setting up a score for the
Griffins to trim the lead to 3 points. Unfortunately for the Griffins they
could not stop the Knights ground game.
In the Championship game, the Irish
and Warrriors swapped the lead multiple times before Carl and Dustin both put
together long runs that gave the Irish a slim 48-46 lead. The Irish then held
the Warriors on downs. With 20 seconds left in the game, Colleen of the Irish
broke off a 35 yard run for a score to secure the lead and the win 54-46.
The UDS All-Star Training Club would like to thank all of the
coaches, and volunteers from Archbishop Hoban, Walsh Jesuit and St. Vincent -
St. Mary for all of the contributions to making this the best season we have
Congratulations to the Panthers and
the Bulldogs for being the 2014 Percentage Champions. The Panthers ended up
with a 4-2 record that was actually tied with the Rams and Vikings. However,
the Panthers win the Percentage title due to a tie breaker rule of difference
between strokes for and against.
The Bulldogs won the title outright
with a record of 5-1.
Congratulations to the Rams and the
Irish for winning the Invitational Titles on their respective days. The Rams
won the title on the Monday session with a score of 22 by Tom and Chris. The
Irish won the Thursday title with a score of 20 by Nick and Glenn.
This past weekend the UDS All-Star Training Club sent 60 athletes and 20 coaches to the Ohio Special Olympics State Championships in Columbus. ATC was represented in four different sports: unified bocce, two unified soccer teams, unified and individual track and field events, and bowling. Our representation at Special Olympics made us the sixth largest program in the State of Ohio!
Out of 44 events, ATC medaled in 38 for a total of 19 Gold, 11 Silver and 8 Bronze medals. Congratulations to all our athletes! A special thank you to all the coaches, partners and family members who came down to support all our stars!