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The Special Olympics US national team traveled to Vermont from December 12-15 to train for the 2017 World Winter Games that will take place in Austria in March. Special Olympics USA consists of 150 athletes and an additional 60 coaches and management team members from all... More
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The 2016 Pittsburgh Polar Plunge & Festival weekend took place December 9 – 10 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA. Randy Baumann from 102.5 WDVE and Bob McLaughlin from 105.9 The X returned this year to host the festivities which welcomed nearly 900 plungers and raised... More
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The second annual Philadelphia Polar Plunge took place on Friday, December 2, 2016 outside of Drexel University’s Fitness Plaza. A total of four plunges were held on this day: A “Cool Schools Plunge” for high schools participating in Special Olympics PA’s Interscholastic... More
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) held its first annual Western Pennsylvania Unified Youth Summit on November 15th, during which it recognized Slippery Rock University as a “Unified Sports Center of Excellence.” Slippery Rock University graduate students from the Adapted... More
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Thank you to the more than 600 plungers that participated in the second annual Erie Polar Bear Plunge benefitting Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA that raised more than $75,000! This year’s guest emcee... More
Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s (SOPA) Fall Festival returned to Villanova University for the 28th consecutive year, November 4-6, 2016, and welcomed approximately 1,200 coaches, athletes and Unified Partners representing 39 Pennsylvania local Programs. Participants competed... More
The newly expanded Unified Fall Festival Torch Run for Special Olympics PA (SOPA), a segmented Marathon distance, non-competitive run (approx 26 miles in total), took place on Friday, Nov. 4th. The Unified Fall Festival Torch Run was led by members of the Philadelphia Police... More
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The Bucks County Believers hosted their 2nd Annual Flag Football Invitational on Saturday, Oct 29th at Neil Armstrong Middle School in Fairless Hills, PA. Teams from Bucks, Delaware and Monroe Counties came to compete, make new friends, and earn medals. Members from the local... More
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Special Olympics Unified Sports® creates an opportunity for people without intellectual disabilities to join in the sports experience by playing on a team with athletes with intellectual disabilities. Not only do the players all have fun, but attitude change and... 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.