We provide an environment which allows
people with special needs to build
self-esteem, confidence, and friendships
through sports by providing opportunities
to socialize, compete, and exercise
both their motor and life skills.
The mission of Hi-5 Sports is to provide sport training, competition, and social events for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. Hi-5 Sports is an organization that gives those with special needs the opportunity to learn the positive values of recreational athletics. With an encouraging attitude, Hi-5 Sports focuses on the education of the social, emotional and mental health of its participants. In a variety of organized athletic events, individuals with special needs, as well as their parents and/or guardians, are able to experience the thrill of competition and learn the value of teamwork. With the help of primarily student volunteers from the community, children and young adults from all walks of life are able to socialize and compete with one another in a controlled and positive environment.
The team at Hi-5 Sports is committed to making each athletes' experience positive and will make appropriate accommodations to suit the needs of the individual athlete. The lessons sports teach know no barriers.
We are committed to the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA: www.positivecoach.org). PCA refers to a positive coach as a Double-Goal coach. In addition to the basic goal of any coach to improve the athlete's performance, the Double-Goal coach has a second goal that is even more important - to use the sports experience to help young people learn "life lessons" and positive character traits that will help them be successful throughout their lives.
We help our athletes to maximizes their effort, to continue to learn and improve, and manage "mistakes" and not let them (or the fear of them) hold the athlete back. We create an environment that encourages individual and team goals. We promote honoring the game through a commitment to fair play and respect for each athletes.
Meet the Team
President & BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER
Coach Murph is the President of Hi-5 Sports, a Board of Directors Member and the Director of Sports Programming. He has been engaged in coaching youth sports in various capacities for more than 30 years. He is a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach and Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach. Both of his children, Jenn and Rachel, were active student volunteers. Coach Murph is an Engineering Manager at Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation in West Milton, NY.
VICE PRESIDENT & DAILY OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
As the Daily Operations Director, Jodi communicates, organizes and manages the daily tasks of Hi-5 Sports. She is the contact person for the Hi-5 Sports emails and the social media accounts. Along with these responsibilities, Jodi co-chairs the Hi-5 Sports Bowling Fundraiser in May and will continue to support any future fundraising opportunities. Jodi is a Hi-5 Sports Mom to athlete Paul and a draftsperson for GE - EC/IS.
Treasurer & Board of Directors Member
Chris is Hi-5 Sports’ Treasurer as well as a Board of Directors member. He co-chaired the Inaugural Hi-5 Sports Bowling Fundraiser in May 2015. Chris manages the sports equipment, too. He is a Hi-5 Sports Dad to athlete Paul and the Senior Service Manager for the Empire District for GE Energy Connections - Industrial Solutions.
Sports Director & Coach
Coach Frank is the director of baseball and fishing events. He coaches all programs, and is one of our most dedicated fundraising supporters. Coach Frank is currently employed as a Client Relations Specialist with Velocity Marketing Asset Management in Scotia, NY. He pursued his education at Mohawk Valley Community College and the State University of New York at New Paltz, earning a degree in advertising and marketing management, with a minor in graphic design and fine arts. Coach Frank resides in Clifton Park with his wife, Maureen, and two children, Zachary and Grace. He is an avid fisherman, and enjoys all aspects of the outdoors – camping, hiking, fishing and canoeing.
board of directors member & Grant Director
Kathleen Hill is a Director with Hi-5 Sports, engaged in researching and applying for grants and funding for our organization. She is an active volunteer with the golf and social programs. Kathleen is a legal assistant at McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. in Albany, NY.
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE RELATIONS
Bradley Egner moved to the Capital Region in 2014. His son, Tommy, benefited greatly from his involvement in Hi-5 Sports programs inspiring him to take a more active role in the organization. In Chicago, Bradley was the political advocate for Autism Speaks. He also facilitated legislative support for the ABLE Act. As the District Manager for Safelite Autoglass and now as Hi-5 Sports - Director of Corporate Relations, Bradley will leverage local and national connections in order enhance the Hi-5 Sports experience for the athletes and their families.