More Than Sports

Athlete Leaders

The goal of Athlete Leadership is to empower athletes to develop leadership skills and utilize their voices and abilities to assume meaningful leadership roles, influence change within the Special Olympics movement, and create inclusive communities around the world.

Athlete Leadership

Commit to Fit

Commit to Fit: Be Active in a New Era is an overarching campaign for the four fitness and training opportunities that SOPA athletes can participate in: A SONA Move Challenge, Fitness Heptathlon, and Athlete Performance.

Commit to Fit


Special Olympics is the world’s largest public health organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID), providing access to free health services for a population with significant, unmet health needs. Many of our athletes come to us with neglected health problems. Our goal is to provide them with health education and wellness resources.

Health Programs

Young Athletes

Young Athletes™ is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children ages 2 to 7 enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics.

Young Athletes

Creating Social Inclusion in Schools

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools engages schools to create climates of inclusion, acceptance, respect, and human dignity for all students with and without intellectual disabilities.

Unified Champion Schools

Special Olympics College

Special Olympics College Clubs function as an official clubs on campus and connect college students and individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport to build friendships and help lead the social justice movement of Special Olympics.

SO College

Guardians of the Flame

Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of local competitions. They also carry it into Special Olympics State, National, Regional and World Games. The flame symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe. 

Torch Run has grown over the years and now includes many fundraising platforms. These platforms include: Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, Beaver Stadium Run and more.

Law Enforcement Torch Run