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A Unified Flag Football Championship held at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia on November 19th culminated Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s inaugural flag football season and featured gold and bronze medal match ups between athletes on Unified teams (individuals with and without intellectual disabilities) from Montgomery, Chester, Bucks and Delaware Counties.

A brief Opening Ceremonies was emceed by Matt Cord, 95.7 Ben FM DJ and Special Olympics PA (SOPA) Celebrity Ambassador, that introduced the competing teams, featured remarks by SOPA President & CEO Matt Aaron, and officially kicked the games off with the arrival of the Flame of Hope carried with pride by Special Olympics athletes and members law enforcement.

After some stiff competition, Montgomery County received gold, Chester County took silver, Delaware County won bronze, and Bucks County came in fourth. Outstanding job by all!


The NFL and Special Olympics teamed up to provide opportunities for athletes of all abilities to ‘PLAY 60’ through the expansion of Special Olympics Unified Flag Football. PLAY 60 is the league's youth health and wellness platform to get kids across the country active for 60 minutes a day.

NFL Foundation grants fund Special Olympics Unified Sports®, which builds inclusive communities by enabling people with and without intellectual disabilities to play on the same team. Flag football, which is one of the fastest growing sports in Special Olympics across the country, is the focus of the new NFL-Special Olympics partnership. The grants will enhance Unified Sports programming, increase participation of athletes, partners and coaches and support Special Olympics Unified Sports’ online education and training course.

The partnership builds on a longstanding relationship between the NFL and Special Olympics. NFL teams have supported Special Olympics in a variety of ways, including hosting youth football clinics and competitions.