team fun for individuals with special needs

About

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.

Our Mission

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.

Coaching Philosophy

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

Jodi Eaves

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, Mom to fur-kids George and Hazel, and a draftsperson for ABB, Inc. Jodi’s favorite sport is football.

Chris Eaves

Treasurer & Board of Directors Member

Chris is Hi-5 Sports’ Treasurer as well as a Board of Directors member. He co-chairs the Hi-5 Sports Bowling Fundraiser in May. Chris also makes sure we have the equipment we need for the various sports we offer. He is a Hi-5 Sports Dad to athlete Paul and is a life-long Phillies fan. His day job is being the Senior Technical Sales Manager for ABB, Inc. – EPIS Lifecycle Solutions.

Frank Mancini

Sports Director & Coach

Coach Frank is the director of baseball and fishing and coaches all sports. He pursued his education at Mohawk Valley Community College and SUNY 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.

Kathleen Hill

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.

Bradley Egner

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 Bradley 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.

Michelle Boegel

Social Activities Director

Michelle is the Social Activities Director, looking for ways to increase social opportunities for our athletes. Both her children have participated in Hi-5 Sports as volunteers and athletes. In addition to Hi-5 Sports, Michelle has also been active volunteering in other organizations such as the Epilepsy Foundation, PTA for special needs parents and EBC Therapy. With a background in technology having worked for companies such as Microsoft, she is currently a school media specialist in Brunswick CSD and an adjunct at Hudson Valley Community College.

Lou Walsh

Sports Director & Coach

Coach Lou is the Director of Golf and coaches Baseball, Basketball and Soccer. Coach Lou is currently employed as a Plan Administrator at Ayco, a Goldman Sachs Company, within their Wealth Strategies Group in Albany, NY. He pursued his education at Siena College and earned a degree in Marketing with a minor in Psychology. Coach Lou resides in Clifton Park, is a scratch golfer and enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Tim Murdick

Coach

You will find Coach Tim out on the baseball fields in the spring with Coach Frank and Coach Lou. Coach Tim is married and lives in West Sand Lake. He is a huge sports fan. And he is employed by the Department of Defense. Currently Coach Tim serves as Executive Director of “Nopiates,” a local organization dedicated to bringing education and advocacy in the battle against heroine and opioid addiction.