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Thank you to the 10 teams that participated in our 2nd Annual Unified Government Bocce Challenge on April 16th at the PA State Capitol! Senators Pat Stefano, Michele Brooks, and Jay Costa, as well as representatives from Governor Tom Wolf’s Office, the PA Department of... More
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) seeks qualified candidates for the positions of Director of Individual and Major Gifts (Full-Time; Western, PA) and Development Coordinator (Full-Time; Western PA). Special Olympics is the world’s leading voice in elevating awareness of the... More
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2018 State Champions, North Penn High School Students with and without intellectual disabilities participated in a Unified Indoor Bocce Championship at the Camp Hill Sports Center in Camp Hill, PA on Friday, March 23, 2018. The competition date was changed from Thursday,... More
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Congratulations to the athletes that competed in our Eastern, Western and Central Bowling Sectionals. Athletes from across the state showed their skills in bowling. WESTERN BOWLING (#SOPABowlingWest) March 17, 2018 Erie, PA Multiple Venues: Eastway Lanes (Erie), Greengarden... More
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Special Olympics athletes, Program leaders, Unified partners, and family members from all 50 states and the District of Columbia converged on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on February 13th for Special Olympics’ annual “Capitol Hill Day.” This was the first time in the... More
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Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) and three local Y organizations announced increased fitness and training opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Effective February 1, 2018, the partnership will link athletes to 27 YMCA facilities across the... More
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Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) is pleased to announce that Souderton Area High School has been named a National Banner Unified Champion School! On Thursday, November 30, 2017, Souderton Area High School hosted a special banner presentation in their gymnasium from 9:30... More

2018 Leadership Awards

Below are all of the applications for the 2018 Annual Volunteer Leadership Awards for Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA). These awards are handed out at Leadership Conference during the Saturday night banquet. Please distribute these forms to your program.  All programs should take the time to look at the people who have helped it work towards the goals and mission of SOPA. Taking time to fill out nomination forms is the first step in showing all volunteers how valued they are to our movement.

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Please return all applications as the following: Award Name_Program Name_Applicant Name_Year

(For example) Coach of the year_Bucks_Smith_2018

SOPA will be awarding the following awards during the 2018 Leadership Banquet: 

Please note the following instructions:

  1. Awards are based on the previous program year.
  2. Only one nominee per category per program.  Do not submit multiple nominations for each award category.
  3. Type in Black Ink only.
  4. You may not submit a nomination in a category where your program had a winner last year.
  5. Paid Managers should not submit nominations.  While they may provide input into the nomination process, in the interest of fairness, we request that they do not complete or submit the nomination forms. 
  6. Limit responses to the space provided.
  7. Only provide supporting documentation when specifically requested.  No videos/letters of support will be accepted.
  8. Faxes/handwritten submissions will NOT be accepted.

All nominations must be e-mailed by June 4, 2018.   Those received after that date will not be considered.  All Program Nominations should be collected (except Manager of the Year) and sent in one e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Check Out Leadership Session Materials From Previous Conferences:

2017 Leadership Conference Session Materials

2016 Leadership Conference Session Materials


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