They’re not the typical stars you may see on the big screen. Instead, they are a group of teens with special needs.
“Even before COVID, you know, there’s not a whole lot of fitness and sports that are out there for people with special needs,” Minko said.
That’s why he created Spectrum Sports alongside James Paoletti. Both are special needs teachers in South Jersey.
“This population really needs it. After school, we found out that they really didn’t have anything like this,” Paoletti said. “Dan and I wanted to fill that need.”
The program started four years ago, but was reimagined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Minko and Paoletti now hold classes three days per week in public spaces such as Knight Park in Collingswood.