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49th Annual Summer Games

Congratulations to the more than 2,000 athletes that competed in our 49th Annual Summer Games at Penn State University from May 31st - June 2nd.  Athletes competed in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis.

To watch our brave, inspiring Special Olympics athletes in action is to fall in love with sports all over again. If you were able to join us as a volunteer or spectator during the Games, thank you for helping us to orchestrate a successful 49th Annual event!  Please share your positive experiences with us via social media by using #PASummerGames.

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Summer Games 2018 Results:

3v3 Basketball

5v5 Basketball

Athletics

Bowling

Golf Level 2

Golf Level 4

Golf Skills

Gymnastics

Gymnastics - Rhythmic

Softball

Softball Skills

Softball Unified

Tennis Skills

Swimming (Aquatics)

Check Out Our Event Media Coverage:

WTAJ (Media Partner)

Highlights from the Opening Ceremonies for the Summer Games of the PA Special Olympics

WJAC

The 2018 Special Olympics has officially kicked off in Happy Valley

Special Olympics Centre County Athlete Braden Meckley

Penn State News

The 49th annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games (Photos)

The Daily Collegian

A recap of the 2018 Special Olympics PA opening ceremony (Video)

WESB NewsRadio 1490

McKean County Special Olympians Earn 20 Medals

The Express

Lydia Wert wins gold at 49th annual Special Olympics

Bristol Herald Courier

Lindsey Madden Awarded The Sheetz Family Award Of Excellence At The 2018 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games

The Times Herald

Montgomery County athletes shine at Special Olympics PA Summer Games at Penn State

 


2018 SHEETZ FAMILY AWARD AWARD WINNER, LINDSEY MADDEN

2018 Sheetz Award

Sheetz Family Award recipient, Lindsey Madden from Chester County, pictured with Sheetz, Inc. Public Relations Manager Nick Ruffner.

We are pleased to announce the winner of this year's Sheetz Family Award of Excellence, Lindsey Madden from Chester County! 

The Sheetz Family Award of Excellence was created to capture the great sporting moments that distinguish the athletes at the Summer Games. The award recognizes the athlete whose determination and effort can only be understood by the power of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and inspire greatness. It distinguishes athletes who may not win but whose courage, sportsmanship, effort and determination is award-winning.

Lindsey, 29, has competed in tennis for 13 years. Despite having Cerebral Palsy, wearing two leg braces, and having limited use of her left arm and hand, she comes to practice with a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She always has a kind word or a word of encouragement for everyone, and enjoys every moment that she is on the court. Even though Lindsey rarely medals, she never complains. Instead, she encourages her teammates to do better and be the best that they can be.

Two years ago when her team was limited in the number of athletes who could compete at Penn State University, she volunteered to stay home and shared the opportunity with a new athlete who had never competed on the state level. She simply stated, “I have done that and they need to try.”

Lindsey’s determination and effort has never failed despite having a complicated home life and an ill mother. Although she may not always win, she has the courage to try, compete, and shows great determination and effort to improve her skills. And, last year Lindsey earned her first gold medal in tennis and was over the moon with excitement!!!

Read the Sheetz, Inc. Press Release

Summer Games Logo 2018