WHAT: New and returning Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes are invited to obtain access to free medical screenings needed to participate in Special Olympic programs.
WHO: Sponsored by Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health
WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2023 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
WHERE: AHN MONTOUR JUNCTION SPORTS COMPLEX
WHY: Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) have a significantly higher risk of suffering from levels of disease and preventable health conditions than those without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics is the largest global public health organization and is dedicated to serving people with ID. As part of this mission, Special Olympics Pennsylvania is excited to provide Health and Sport Clinics around the state for new and returning athletes to gain access to free screenings and healthcare.
REGISTER AT: https://forms.office.com/r/ZLekKFsBSH
Pittsburgh, PA –Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) invites individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) to participate in a local Health and Sport Clinics – a new initiative to provide individuals with ID free and accessible healthcare. The Clinic will feature a variety of health services, including physical, podiatry, vision, dentistry, and audiology exams, as well as organized sports activities and information regarding signups for upcoming SOPA sports and events.
“We are thrilled to add Health and Sport Clinics to our list of offerings as an organization,” says Andrew Fee. “As a leading public health organization, we take our athletes’ health very seriously, and want to offer them and other individuals with intellectual disabilities healthcare that may otherwise be inaccessible. We are excited to see new and familiar faces at these clinics as we all work helping our athletes lead more healthy lives on and off the playing field.”
Healthcare can often be expensive and harder to access for those with ID and the aim of the Health and Sport Clinics is to combat these barriers. Persons with ID run a higher risk of suffering from levels of disease and preventable health conditions than those without ID, so it is critical for them to have opportunities to obtain routine exams and affordable healthcare. Additionally, it is required to complete a yearly physical exam to qualify as a participating SOPA athlete, which is made easy through the Health and Sport Clinic initiative.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Three Rivers Region is proud to serve 4,000 athletes and partners and provide year-round training in 24 sports. Individuals who are interested in becoming a Special Olympics athlete or volunteer with our region can come out to the Health and Sport Clinic or visit our https://specialolympicspa.org/ to learn more.
About Special Olympics Pennsylvania
Special Olympics Pennsylvania provides year-round training and competition in 21 Olympic-type sports to more than 13,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities. For more information about how you can join “The Inclusion Revolution,” visit www.specialolympicspa.org.