Katie Spencer Recieves Award of Excellence
Katie Spencer, pictured in the lower right-hand corner with her mother Diane, is presented the Award of Excellence by Adam Sheetz, the EVP of Operations for Sheetz, Inc. Her father and sister, Tom and Barbara Spencer, joined her for this special announcement.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) and Sheetz are proud to announce that this year’s 2021 Sheetz Family Award of Excellence recipient is Katie Spencer, a SOPA athlete from Montgomery County. Awarded on Friday, June 18th, during Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Virtual Summer Games, Spencer was honored due to her distinguished sportsmanship and perseverance throughout the Games.
The Sheetz Family Award of Excellence is given to an 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. As a result of the pandemic, this award has also recognized athletes who have exhibited resilience and willpower during this time of uncertainty by continuing to participate in various virtual sports and fitness competitions.
A six-sport athlete, Katie Spencer participates in basketball, soccer, bocce, floor hockey, bowling and unified softball. During COVID-19, she became a Global Messenger and recruited 50 athletes and coaches to participate in SOPA’s Fitness Heptathlon, an event that enabled athletes to compete in seven different fitness exercises and earn points based upon their performance improvement in each. Due to that hard work, she was able to form a Fitness Heptathlon team with three of her fellow soccer players.
Spencer was also selected to virtually participate in Special Olympics’ Capitol Hill Day to encourage continued funding in support of inclusive education and health initiatives for people with intellectual disabilities. For those efforts, she was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Madeleine Dean. Additionally, Spencer became part of the Montgomery County Athlete Leadership Team. She has been checking-in on fellow athletes to see how they are doing, encouraging them to exercise and to get vaccinated, and continues to make a positive difference in their lives.