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CLICK THIS BUTTON for GSO Improvement Survey - THIS IS FOR EVERYONE!! Please take a few minutes to help us improve GSO
CLICK THIS BUTTON for Winter Sport (Basketball and Swimming) Sign-up. Sign Ups will Close 10/11
CLICK THIS BUTTON for Volunteer Sign-up to help with Flag Football, Basketball and/or Swimming

VOLUNTEERS & COACHES NEEDED!!!  Please use the button above to sign up to help  AS A COACH/VOLUNTEER for BOWLING, FLAG FOOTBALL OR SWIMMING. 



Click here to sign up or Basketball and/or Swimming!

Sign-ups will close Friday, October 11th.  No athletes will be added after the sign-ups close.  


Season Start: Wednesday, November 6th
Time: 6:45 - 8:00 (subject to change)
Where: Royal Manor Elementary


Season Start: Sunday, November 3rd
Time: 4- 5:15 (subject to change)
Where: Gahanna YMCA

Football started this past Monday.  If your athlete is going to miss practice, please email Coach Heather at   


The athletes listed below are signed up for the bowling tournament on Saturday, October 19th at Holiday Lanes on Broad Street in Whitehall.  You must arrive by 9:10 a.m.  If your athlete is unable to attend, please notify Coach Tiffany as soon as possible at

  • Shalha Al-Mansour
  • Jessie Bickley
  • McKenna Carper
  • Ava Clous
  • John Davis
  • Arthur Devennish
  • Benjamin Ferren
  • Joseph Flaherty
  • Chase Fulmer
  • Seamus Ginnane
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Samantha Jones
  • John Jurca
  • Andrew Kidwell
  • Tyler Kolacheck
  • Jessica Komjati
  • Tyler Lutz
  • Hannah McCaslin
  • Madison Petry
  • Jennifer Rash
  • Kenyon Rice
  • Megan Ryan
  • Alex Sergakis
  • Grant Suchan
  • Andrew Terracina
  • Robert Thorne
  • John Weimer
  • Lydia Wilson

Important Dates:

October 16th: Last Practice
October 19th: Team Tournament at 9:10 a.m. at Holiday Lanes in Whitehall
October 23rd:  Pizza Party

If your athlete will miss a practice, please let Coach Tiffany know via email or text (614) 313-3728


Attention GSO Athletes, Families, Coaches, Friends, & Volunteers!

Would you like to look sporty and cool, like Stacy (pictured above looking so sporty and cool), while also supporting our new flag football team and the inaugural season of the Jim Siegel Memorial Flag Football Team?!?!


Would you like to rock this vintage inspired v-neck tee with cool arm stripes by standing with your hands on your hips like Coach Michael? Maybe pair it with a bright white hat like Coach Carl? Look like twins with some of the coolest flag football coaches in town*. 

The tees are cotton and feature the flag football season logo on the front and our GSO logo embroidered on the back, ranging in sizes from adult small to XXL, for $30. 

If you would like to order, please click on the link below. Please complete a separate order for each shirt. 
All orders are due by Friday, October 11 at 10:00 p.m.

Flag Football Shirt Order Form

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Heather at 

Phi Sigma Kappa is once again holding a fundraiser just for GSO!  Members of Phi Sigma Kappa also volunteered during our recent Cash Drop!

The 5K GSO Fundraiser will be held on October 27th. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the race begins at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets this year are $15 for a virtual runner and $20 running.

All of the details and registration may be found here:

We are very excited for the 4th annual Halloween Hustle!!

We are excited to welcome all GSO athletes, families and friends to the 2019 Fall Halloween Party.  


Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 
Time:  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Location:  Mifflin Presbyterian Church, 123 Granville Street, Gahanna, OH 43230 

Whether you just want to come see what we are all about or you have been a part of the organization for years, we would love to have you.  

Costumes, trick or treating, dancing, and snacks will be available.  

To help us prepare for the celebration, please RSVP HERE October 27th.  



Parent Corner

Disability Mentoring Day

The Center for Disability Empowerment and Gahanna Inclusion for Teens and Young Adults are coordinating 'Disability Mentoring Day' on Wednesday, October 18 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites-OSU at 3031 Olentangy River Road.  The day long event is for 14-22 year old students with disabilities who will be paired with a mentor in the student's field of interest. For details, call 614-575-8055 or email.

Research Opportunity

The Ohio State University is looking for volunteers to help with a study to make research more accessible for adults with intellectual disability.  Adults with intellectual disability can participate and will receive a $30 gift card and $20 for travel costs.  For details, contact Jesse Strickler at 614-398-2214 or


Special Olympics Night At Columbus Blue Jackets is back on Saturday, October 19th, 2019, where the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the New York Islanders! The game starts at 7:00 PM and the doors open at 6:00 PM. Tickets are only $40.00 ($41.75 with the Columbus Admissions Tax) and every ticket includes a CBJ gift, post-game photo and opportunity to sit in the penalty box for warm-ups! There will be multiple activities going on during the night, and tickets will be on the Scott’s Turf Terrace, as in previous years. Seats will be assigned!
A portion of every ticket will go back to support your Special Olympics organization!


Autism Society Central Ohio
Register Now!
Trick or "Suites"!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Embassy Suites in Dublin
5100 Upper Metro Place 
Dublin, OH 43017

(We are back at our original location)

Please join us for our 5th Annual Trick or "Suites"! We are partnering with Embassy Suites to provide a fun and safe environment for special needs individuals of all ages and their families to enjoy trick-or-treat. 
Activities include:
*Trick or Treat Booths
*Music by John Cary
*Photo Room

We are offering two time slots (5-6 pm and 7-8 pm) this year.

CLICK HERE to Register for 5-6pm!

CLICK HERE to Register for 7-8pm!

This Event is FREE!
Trick or "Suites" is an Open House Style Event - Activities take about 45 minutes
Participants must be accompanied by an adult at all times during this event.
Autism Society Central Ohio
 The A to Zzzz's of Sleep Training
Join Autism Society Central Ohio and Autism Learning Partners  
 Wednesday, November 6, 2019 
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Martin de Porres Center 
2330 Airport Dr 
Columbus, Ohio 43219

 This seminar is designed for families who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other related behavioral disorders who are facing the common challenges related to sleep. Though the prevalence of sleep problems among children with ASD varies, 50-80% of these children experience sleep-related difficulties compared to only 25% of their typically developing peers (Kotagal & Broomall, 2012). 

These challenges include problems falling or staying asleep, non-compliance with nighttime routines, and problem behaviors which occur after saying goodnight which interfere with sleep onset. This seminar will provide information about common sleep problems and discuss strategies based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to increase appropriate sleep behavior.

Join us for a discussion on sleep training and how to support your child in developing these crucial socialization skills.
This Workshop is FREE! 
Please RSVP Here by November 1, 2019


Housekeeping Items
Medical & Other Forms

Athletes below have medical forms expiring in the next 6 months.  Once these forms expire, athletes will not be allowed to participate until new forms are submitted.  All forms can be found on the ATHLETE section of our website AT THIS LINK.  Please note there are two forms needed:  the medical form (pg. 5 is the SOOH release form) and the Code of Conduct is all that is needed.
  • T. Kolacheck - 11/2019
  • J. Komjati - 11/2019
  • D. Spiegel - 11/2019
  • K. Peck - 12/2019
Organizational Directory:
•    Eric Turner (Coordinator):
•    Heather Turner (Track Head Coach, Advisory Committee Member & Team Finish Line Founder):
•    Natalie Hicks & John Carper (Swim Head Coaches):
•    Tiffany Stewart (Bowling Head Coach & Advisory Committee Member)
•    Jackie Komjati (Advisory Committee Member, Athlete Leadership Mentor)
•    Amy Dubin (Advisory Committee Member, Social Chair - Awards Night, Halloween Party, 4th of July Parade):
•    Carl Lonsbrough (Golf Head Coach):
•    Jason Rush & Nick Zofcin (Basketball Head Coaches):             
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