Special Olympics

The Baldwin High School Special Olympics Club is dedicated to promoting inclusion & awareness of all individuals with all types of disabilities. As the largest club at Baldwin High School, the Special Olympics Club takes part in numerous events throughout the school year such as the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge, the S.T.A.R.S. Volleyball Tournament, the All-S.T.A.R.S. Baseball Tournament, the Special Olympics PA Winter Games, and the Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign as well as many others in addition to being a Project UNIFY School & hosting the Special Olympics Allegheny County Summer Games each May. New members are welcome until the January meeting of each school year. Please contact one of the club sponsors or student executive board members for more information.


Executive Board

Club Sponsors

Mr. Tim Laughlin
412-885-7500 ext. 8441

Mr. Eric Jankoski
412-885-7500 ext. 8076

Club Executive Board Members

Adia Achtzehn
Thomas Ahlin
Madison Ernst
Emilee Gruntz
Ashley Hertrich
Kayla Lidey
Chase Mitchell
Claire Plunkett
Alexis Shandor
Amanda Shiflet
Amanda Wood


Please visit the following sites to learn more about the following organizations that our club interacts with and supports.

Special Olympics Allegheny County

Special Olympics Pennsylvania

Special Olympics

Project UNIFY

Pittsburgh Polar Plunge

Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign

Autism Speaks

Autism Society

Miracle League of the South Hills

Partners Physical Education

The Partners Physical Education Class first began here at Baldwin High School during the 2002-2003 school year. Since its inception at Baldwin, the program has blossomed into other neighboring districts in a variety of ways. Other districts have started their own Partners Physical Education Classes or even taken concepts from our program to embed into their own similar programs.

As an extension of the Partners Physical Education Class, Baldwin has teamed up with a group of our neighboring school districts to bring together our Life Skills students to participate in either social or athletic activities on a recurring basis. The experiment first launched over 5 years ago with about 4 school districts participating a few times during the school year. The trend still continues to this day as we all take turns hosting everything from basketball, volleyball, or soccer tournaments to Christmas and Valentines Dances. We have now multiplied to as many as 20 school districts attending various events at a given time each month and have formed a group called Schools Together with Athletes Reaching Success (S.T.A.R.S.). As word has spread about our group's innovative endeavors, we continue to receive requests from new school districts who want to participate. Each event provides an excellent opportunity for the Life Skills students to socialize with newly made friends from neighboring districts, prepare for an upcoming competition with Special Olympics Events, or merely try something new they haven't tried before.

2015 PA Transition Conference Presentation on Partners PE

Partners PE Application

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