Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program
Meet Our Founder

Steve Cuomo - “Thunder Chief”

“The only time I want to know an athlete’s challenges is when I first meet him or her, So I can put together a personalized  training program. After that I only want to know how fast he or she can run. At Rolling Thunder, we focus on each athlete’s abilities and accomplishments, not on their disability” - Coach Steve When Coach Steve brought his challenged son to run at Special Olympics, in the mid 1990’s, he was astounded to find out his younger son was not allowed to participate too. Coach Steve envisioned a running club where challenged individuals and their siblings and parents could all train together, an inclusion program. From this vision Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program was born. As an elite high school runner, Penn Relay Champion, and high school cross - country and track official, Coach Steve had just the right background for pioneering the first ever inclusion based running club in the U.S.A Coach Steve, Rolling Thunder’s Founder, President and Head Coach, has brought the from its origin in 1998 to earn the national recognition and respect it holds today. Coach Steve is a USA Track and Field certified running coach. He exhibits enormous passion and dedication and has immense experience for working with developmentally and physically challenged athletes of all ages and ability levels. Coach Steve has trained both abled bodied and wheelchair athletes for all levels of mainstream competition. Coach Steve has coached Rolling Thunder athletes in highly competitive national events, including the 2009, 2010 and 2011 USA National Junior Olympics, the 2010 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, and in many USA Championships. Each year, her also coaches athleres in dozens of regional place in the top in mainstream ational competitions! Steve Cuomo has served as USA Track and Field’s Chair for Athletes for th Disabled since the position’s inception in 2009. One of Coach Steve’s first accomplishments as chair was to include challednged athletes with thier peer in qualifying to compete in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics. Over the past years. Coach Steve has been working tirelessly to creat Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program chapters across the country. He envisions all challenged individuals, not just those livingon Long Island, having the opportunity to experience the sport of running or wheelchair racing in a mainstream and inclusion based setting. In December 2010, Coach Steve Cuomo was recognized fro his unmatched dedication to the sport with the USA Track and Field President’s Award.
Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program
Meet Our Founder

Steve Cuomo - “Thunder Chief”

“The only time I want to know an athlete’s challenges is when I first meet him or her, So I can put together a personalized  training program. After that I only want to know how fast he or she can run. At Rolling Thunder, we focus on each athlete’s abilities and accomplishments, not on their disability” - Coach Steve When Coach Steve brought his challenged son to run at Special Olympics, in the mid 1990’s, he was astounded to find out his younger son was not allowed to participate too. Coach Steve envisioned a running club where challenged individuals and their siblings and parents could all train together, an inclusion program. From this vision Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program was born. As an elite high school runner, Penn Relay Champion, and high school cross - country and track official, Coach Steve had just the right background for pioneering the first ever inclusion based running club in the U.S.A Coach Steve, Rolling Thunder’s Founder, President and Head Coach, has brought the from its origin in 1998 to earn the national recognition and respect it holds today. Coach Steve is a USA Track and Field certified running coach. He exhibits enormous passion and dedication and has immense experience for working with developmentally and physically challenged athletes of all ages and ability levels. Coach Steve has trained both abled bodied and wheelchair athletes for all levels of mainstream competition. Coach Steve has coached Rolling Thunder athletes in highly competitive national events, including the 2009, 2010 and 2011 USA National Junior Olympics, the 2010 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, and in many USA Championships. Each year, her also coaches athleres in dozens of regional place in the top in mainstream ational competitions! Steve Cuomo has served as USA Track and Field’s Chair for Athletes for th Disabled since the position’s inception in 2009. One of Coach Steve’s first accomplishments as chair was to include challednged athletes with thier peer in qualifying to compete in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics. Over the past years. Coach Steve has been working tirelessly to creat Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program chapters across the country. He envisions all challenged individuals, not just those livingon Long Island, having the opportunity to experience the sport of running or wheelchair racing in a mainstream and inclusion based setting. In December 2010, Coach Steve Cuomo was recognized fro his unmatched dedication to the sport with the USA Track and Field President’s Award.