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We provide adaptive sports and recreation programs for individuals with special needs ages 5 and up regardless of diagnosis. We teach basic fundamentals for basketball, football, soccer, ice skating and many more activities. We encourage positive peer interactions. In 2021 expanded our programs and added social and recreational programs as well. Contact us for more details!

Special Sports at a Glance

A Bit of Background

Here at Special Sports, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. Our adaptive sports and recreation camps are open to all children with special needs ages 5 and up. We strive to provide quality programming and make a positive impact on all of our athletes.

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Our Programs

Special Needs Basketball

With our organization's mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for planning our camps.  Our team is working daily, to plan activities and drills specific to the sport of basketball.


Adaptive Flag Football

Teaming up with local high school football players, makes this a camp the kids really enjoy! Our adaptive flag football camp is always in the Spring and runs for 4-5 weeks.

Special Skate Ice Skating Program

New in 2022, we developed a partnership with the Mentor Ice Arena and will offer a 6 week adaptive ice skating program 2 times a year. Our next session starts Sept.13th, 2022 and registration will be available in the Fall.

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Board of Directors

Mindy Bakos 


Mindy is experienced, trustworthy, and fun. Mom of two boys, one teenager with ASD and Epilepsy. Works in healthcare as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Has over 25 years working in adaptive sports, was a former National Classifier for the United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association and worked at the Cleveland Clinic as a Recreational Therapist for 10 years.

Tony Bakos

Vice President 

Tony is co-founder, husband to Mindy and our head coach. He brings years of coaching experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.

Laura Lekson


Laura joined Special Sports with the vision and drive to improve upon our Nonprofit Organization, and has focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.

Michael Trivisonno 


With us since our founding, Michael is one of our veteran team members. He brings years of experience to our team. 

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Connect with Special Sports

Get in touch with Special Sports to learn more about our work, how you can get involved, and how you can donate. Special Sports, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and all donations are tax deductible per Ohio law.

Mentor, Ohio

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