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More than 50 athletes joined hundreds of friends, family members and coaches for the annual SOPA Day at the 76ers on Sunday, March 19th. The athletes participated in a basketball clinic on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center prior to the Sixers vs. Celtics match up that... More
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Governor Tom Wolf and Other Leaders Joined Special Olympics PA Athletes for a Reception & Bocce Competitions Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) hosted the first ever Unified Government Sports Challenge in the East Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA... More
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On Friday, March 10, 2017, members of our PA Unified Youth Committee presented on social inclusion during the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Annual Conference at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA. The Committee and Special Olympics PA’s... More
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On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Villanova University Men’s Basketball hosted the first ever Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Night at Nova Hoops. The evening was highlighted by a halftime Unified Sports exhibition game featuring Villanova students and members of the... More
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More than 500 plungers participated in the fifth annual Lehigh Valley Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Scott Park in Easton, PA. The event, thanks to our plungers and generous sponsors, raised more than $95,000! PhotoCredit: Sue Beyer for... More
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Special Olympics athletes, leaders, and family members converged on Capitol Hill for Special Olympics’ 15th annual “Capitol Hill Day” on February 15, 2017. Throughout the day, Special Olympics athletes from across the nation held more than 250 face-to-face meetings with their... More
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On Saturday, February 4th, our plunge season continued with two plunges: the York County Polar Plunge and the Winter Games Polar Plunge. Sixth Annual Winter Games Polar Plunge The sixth annual Winter Games Polar Plunge was held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Canoe Creek... More
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A special thank you is extended to all of the athletes, coaches, volunteers, and members of law enforcement who helped make our 40th Annual Winter Games a success despite the intense wintry weather. Thanks, Seven Springs Mountain Resort and the Kirk Nevin Arenafor being... More
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The ninth annual Eastern Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) was held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, PA. More than 500 plungers participated in the event which raised over $100,000. Image pictured above is... More
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Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of School and Youth Leadership Coordinator School and Youth Leadership Coordinator Major Function The School and Youth Leadership Coordinator position will play an important role in the... More

 2016 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

Leadership TextSpecial Olympics Pennsylvania's (SOPA) held its 2016 Leadership Conference from September 10  – 11 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, PA. The Conference, designed to provide ongoing training and recognition for Special Olympics athletes and volunteers, offered several sessions. Below are many of the PowerPoint presentations and handouts shared with Conference attendees.

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OPENING:

BUILD POSITIVE ATTITUDES:

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IMPROVE ATHLETE PERFORMANCE:

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BUILD CAPACITY:

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