Celebrating 50 Years: Journey Through The Decades
We're honored to celebrate 50 years of making this world more inclusive for people of all abilities. Take a journey with us through the last half century of Special Olympics Pennsylvania history.
Please also consider making a year-end gift by texting SOPA50 to 44-321.
Brief SOPA History
In May 1970, the first-ever Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) competition was held when 135 brave athletes participated in a small track and field competition at West Chester University. Fast forward 50 years, SOPA now serves nearly 20,000 athletes who participate in 21 Olympic-type sports and compete in more than 300 competitions annually. Through the years, SOPA has also created programming in the areas of Athlete Leadership, Healthy Athletes and Healthy Habits, Unified Sports, Unified Champion Schools, and Young Athletes. All of these initiatives have helped to grow the Movement in Pennsylvania and create inclusive communities.