Patty Hermann, MsEd., CTRS
STARS CEO & Founder & USAG Professional
Patty holds an undergraduate and graduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Administration from Winona State University and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and USAG instructor with over 25 years of special needs program design and gymnastics coaching experience. She's coached 5 Special Olympic World Champions, 15 National Champions and has coached hundreds of special needs gymnasts. Patty represents the USA on the Special Olympics International Gymnastics Committee.
As a young child, Patty was a patient at Shriners Hospital in Oak Park . Throughout her stays in the hospital Patty learned that she had a unique touch for individuals with special needs. In the sixth grade Patty began to pursue her dreams and started her first fundraiser (a dance marathon) to fund create programs for special people. Throughout her teen and teen years, at age 15, Patty became the youngest member of the Muscular Dystrophy Associations Camp Staff. She served as the Muscular Dystrophy Activities Director for 9 years and held various volunteer positions that lead her to her chosen career in parks and Therapeutic Recreation.
In 2003, with the help of her family and friends, she founded her own Foundation (ELITE STARS) and works actively to secure funding for over 150 special needs athletes and their peer coaches. Today, the Foundation – ELITE houses a USAG club sanctioned gymnastics team, ISI Figure Skating Team and UCA Competitive Cheer Team, Competitive Dance Team and Competitive Strength & Power Team. Continuously raising the bar and creating opportunities for special individuals, Patty has made this her passion. Surrounded by her husband John, son Jake, mother Pat and brother Chris and his family, she has been able to create unique opportunities that enrich the lives of special athletes around the USA and has proudly defied the perception that special people cannot be highly trained competitive athletes.
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