Leadership Conference


The 2020 Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Leadership Conference & Athlete Congress will be held on Saturday, August 29th - Sunday, August 30th at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College. We are very excited to return to this beautiful location once again! The Leadership Conference committee is hard a work planning many amazing sessions and activities for the weekend. 

We hope you will find this weekend to be beneficial both on a personal and professional level. We are looking forward to seeing all of our programs in attendance.

Hotel Reservations


Hotel reservations will be open as of April 15, 2020 

  • All payments will be made through a credit card; PREFERRED METHOD - SOPA issued credit card 
  • No invoices for the hotel or conference fees will be issued after the conference.
    • If your program does not have a SOPA card, please contact the finance department. 
  • Hotel Rate - $129.00 per room


Due to low staffing at the Penn Stater as a result of to the pandemic, we are asking that all reservations go to reservations@psu.edu.

  • Please reference - GROUP CODE – PSOL20C. 
  • Within your email, please include the list of name(s) by room and the dates they are staying. For Example:
    • Room 1 – Jane Smith & Karen Taylor; Check-in – August 29th / Check out August 30th
    • Room 2 – Mr. & Mrs. Mike & Liz Johnson; Check-in – August 28th / Check out August 30th
  • Please fill out the attached Credit Card Authorization form and send it to the Penn Stater. 
  • Reservations must be made by July 27th to ensure rooms are available. 
  • Any changesor cancellations must be made 48 hours before arrival to avoid being charged for a full stay. 
  • If changes or cancellations are not made and there is a “no show,” programs will be responsible for the room charge.
  • Payment will be made to the hotel from the programs at check-out. 

Please take the time to discuss who in your program will be able to attend and make your reservations as soon as possible. Conference & Athlete Congress Registration will be out in May with information on sessions, meals, and activities. The conference cost is $120 per person. 

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you 

Carolyn Kushner, Manager of Volunteer Services

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