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

BHS Special Olympics Club Sponsors

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

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

2017-2018 Special Olympics Club Executive Board Members

Thomas Ahlin
Jason Depretis
Josh Manning
Chase Mitchell
Claire Plunkett
Coline Poe
Chance Pryor
Madison Seitzinger
Alexis Shandor
Mackenzie Shandor
Natalie Zgurich


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 Classes

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 Class Application

Member Voting


Social Media


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Club Meeting Agendas

Upcoming Events

Holiday Social & Alumni Reunion
December 20, 2018
BHS South Cafeteria

2018 Special Olympics PA Winter Games
January 29 & 30, 2018
Seven Springs Ski Resort

For more info on this event, CLICK HERE

*To download the Registration Packet for this event, ,Click on the FORMS Tab above.

2018 Pittsburgh Polar Plunge
February 24, 2018
Heinz Field

To Donate to our team, CLICK HERE
To Join our Team, CLICK HERE