The Rochester Flyers Special Olympics Team serves over 250 athletes with intellectual disabilities, ages 8 and up in the Rochester, MN area. Through sports, our athletes celebrate their abilities, not their disabilities. Their world opens with acceptance and understanding. They become confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They make new friends, and live the Special Olympics Motto—Let Me Win. If I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
The Rochester Flyers offer year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic sports for athletes of all ages. Special Olympics Minnesota offers 17 sports, and our athletes can compete in 8 of these sports year round including Aquatics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Flag Football, Golf, Poly Hockey, and Track and Field. Any athlete, regardless of ability can successfully compete in Special Olympics year round. The competitions are broken into divisions so that athletes can compete successfully with other athletes with similar skills and abilities.
Rochester Flyers is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers—parents, friends, and families of our athletes. This group spends countless hours coaching, training, planning, and organizing the practices, competitions, fundraising and fun events for our athletes. The Flyers wouldn’t exist without the 60+ volunteers that run the organization, coach our athletes, and volunteer at our events! We’re always looking for more volunteers to join the Flyers community.
Leadership Team Members
Our delegation is run by a Local Sports Management Team (LSMT). This structure involves a greater number of volunteers in the management of a delegation, each of whom has a specific responsibility. This is commonly the structure used in larger communities with more athletes and sports offerings and with Community-Based Programs.
For more information, suggestions, concerns, or to get more involved, please use the Contact Us form .
Co-Head of Delegation: LeAnn Bieber
Secretary: Jessica Balcom
Athletes as Leaders (ALPs) Chair: Macey Tesmer
Coaches Chair: Jan Roth
Facilities Chair: Karen Meyer
Family Representative: Angel Hutchins
Finance Chair: Shari Koepsell
Medical Records Chair: Jennifer Kemppainen
Special Activities Coordinator: Emme Herzog
Transportation Coordinator: Macey Tesmer
Uniform Chair: OPEN
Volunteer Chair: OPEN
Website Coordinator: Andrea Light