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Special Olympics Pennsylvania will bring its new Indoor Winter Games to York County starting in March 2019, with hundreds of athletes expected to showcase the power of the human spirit and the joy of sports during two days of exciting competition.

The Indoor Winter Games will feature floor hockey, figure skating, speed skating and bowling. It combines events that were previously held on a standalone basis, or as part of Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s annual winter or summer games.

Special Olympics Pennsylvania will host the inaugural Indoor Winter Games on March 2-3, 2019, and the first weekend of March in 2020 and 2021.

About 950 athletes, coaches and staff/officials from across Pennsylvania are expected to participate, with competitors ranging from 8 to more than 80 years old.

The York Expo Center will provide an integral hub. It will host the Opening Ceremony, a dinner and a dance for the athletes, as well as the floor hockey competition.

Figure skating and speed skating events, previously part of the Special Olympics’ Winter Games, will take place at the York Ice Arena. While bowling has traditionally been part of the Summer Games, Special Olympics Pennsylvania will move it under the banner of the Indoor Winter Games to better align it with the training season. The bowling competition will take place at Colony Lanes North and Laser Alleys.

Check Out Media Coverage from the Press Conference:

Central Penn Business Journal

York County to host Pa. Special Olympics Winter Games

York Daily Record

PA Special Olympics to hold Indoor Winter Games in York County starting in 2019

Fox43.com

York County to host Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s New Indoor Winter Games

ABC 27 News

York County to Host New Special Olympics Indoor Winter Games