Weekly practice every Monday and Wednesday from 5:00-6:15
North Kansas City High School Track, behind Norclay Building; 620 E 23rd Ave, NKC MO 64116
Season ends with SOMO State Games in early June
New to track? Athletes and unified partners of all skill levels are welcome!
April 17 - KC Metro Area Track Meet, Campbell Middle School, 1201 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO
June - SOMO State Summer Games - to be announced
Head Coach - Emma Bastarache
Northstars Team Rep: Carmen Zirjacks - firstname.lastname@example.org - 816-788-1649
frequently asked questions
What happens at practice? Each practice is primarily skill building. We participate in the regional and state Special Olympic tournaments. If you know your athlete will not compete in those tournaments, please let the Team Rep know as soon as possible early in the season. First or second practice is primarily an info session where the head coach gives an overview of the season and the athletes work on some basic skills. Your key contact for all team information during the season is the Team Rep..
My child has never done track or a group sport. I’m wondering if this may be too high level? You will be in good company at Northstars! Very few of our athletes have done any group or competitive sports before Northstars. They just don't have those opportunities through other channels and that's why Northstars was started and is so popular. We have athletes at all levels of skill and ability and there's no pressure to "win". We hope you'll come with your athlete and check us out see if it might be a fit.
Do you need volunteers to help with the teams? Yes. A big need is unified partners who are typical peers of our athletes. Unified partners play alongside our athletes and help them with skill building, building friendships and having fun with the game. UPs include siblings, friends, classmates, relatives and neighbors.
When are SOMO tournaments? The regional tournament is typically late April on a Saturday (morning/afternoon) in the KC area. The State tournament is typically early June and the location of the Games varies year to year. Teams come from across Missouri to participate. SOMO tournament information can be found at www.somo.org
What's the cost to register for track?
There's no cost to participate in Special Olympics.
Athlete and unified partner families are asked to join the Northstars Booster Club so we can continue to offer these opportunities.
Family membership is $30 calendar year with options for higher levels of support. See details here.
What's the cost to compete in the SOMO State Games?
The NKC School District provides funding for athletes who participate in Special Olympics.
Sometimes additional registration or travel fees apply for State Games participants. You will be notified of those costs in advance so you can choose how to participate.
If this is something you need help paying for, please contact your coach immediately. We are here to help!