We are pleased to announce that Special Olympics Pennsylvania will be returning to The Penn Stater for the 2019 Leadership Conference. The conference will take place from August 17th – 18th.
Please watch for an email to all managers in February for application instructions for the 2019 Annual Volunteer Leadership a Hall of Fame Awards for Special Olympics Pennsylvania.
These awards will be handed out during Leadership Weekend (August 17-18) at the Saturday night banquet. All programs should take the time to look at the people who have helped their program work towards SOPA’s goals and mission. Taking time to fill out nomination forms is the 1st step in showing all volunteers how valued they are to Special Olympics Pennsylvania & their local programs.
Hall of Fame*
Hall of Fame honors athletes and volunteers who have made outstanding contributions both on and off the field of competition. We have thousands of success stories of individuals who have benefited from participating in Special Olympics. But every other year we choose only a few athletes and volunteers who have demonstrated positive integrity and continued loyalty to the Special Olympics program, thereby upholding the honor of the organization.
The athletes who are honored must have participated in Special Olympics for a minimum of 10 years. They must have illustrated skill growth in a specific sport, exhibited outstanding sportsmanship, and recruited eligible athletes into the Special Olympics program. Likewise, all volunteers must meet strict requirements, including 10 years of ongoing involvement in Special Olympics, participation at various levels (such as coaching, games management), and the active recruitment of athletes and volunteers.
SOPA is also awarding the following awards at the 2019 Leadership Banquet:
- ATHLETE HALL OF FAME*
- VOLUNTEER HALL OF FAME*
- PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
- COACH OF THE YEAR
- FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
- MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
- VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - (Non-Management)
All nominations must be e-mailed by May 31, 2019. Those received after that date will not be considered. Thank you!