2021 Virtual Summer Games
Thousands of athletes, coaches, families, and friends representing all corners of Pennsylvania usually participate in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s (SOPA) annual Summer Games at Penn State University in State College, PA. This year, however, the Games will be held virtually and take place throughout the month of June. #VirtualSummerGames
The 2021 Virtual Summer Games will be a celebration of SOPA and YOU – all of the athletes, coaches and volunteers that make this organization great! Join us for a fun and unique look into everything that SOPA has to offer: sports training and competition, Athlete Leadership, Unified Champion Schools and Health initiatives. Tune in for all segments for a chance to win some awesome prizes, including an X-box!
Virtual Summer Games Events:
All of the events will be streamed on our Facebook page and accessible on our other social media platforms, like YouTube! You do not need a Facebook or YouTube account to tune in. And, check out our Facebook Event page!
Opening Ceremonies @ 7:00 P.M.
Opening Ceremonies will prove to be an energetic and celebratory tribute to the spirit of competition and the power of inclusion, featuring special guests, entertainment and more.
Virtual Block Party @ 8:00 P.M.
Join DJ Eric from Fireside Events LLC and all of your closest SOPA buddies for a night of dancing, celebration and friendship! To join, simply go to www.mixcloud.com/live/fireside-events at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 13!!
JUNE 14TH – 18TH @ 7:00 P.M.
Online Talk Show
A brand new online "Talk Show" will focus on the components of Special Olympics, using storytelling to highlight the importance of what we do. Hosted by athletes, the talk show will include interviews, trivia/games, athlete talent, sponsor involvement and more.
June 14: Episode #1 – Get Off the Sidelines at 7:00pm
June 15: Episode #2 – Athlete Leadership at 7:00pm
June 16: Episode #3 – Healthy Athletes at 7:00pm
June 17: Episode #4 – Cities of Inclusion at 7:00pm
June 18: Episode #5 – Unified Sports & Sheetz Award at 7:00pm
JUNE 19TH @ 2: P.M.
Fitness Heptathlon Awards
Virtual Awards Ceremony to acknowledge the success of athletes who participated in our Spring Fitness Heptathlon, an event comprised of 7 different fitness exercises (chosen from a full menu of 26 options). For competition, participants earn points based upon their performance improvement level in each exercise.
JUNE 21TH – 27TH
Be a Healthy Athlete: Get Ready for the Sports Season!
Get ready for the sports season by meeting with volunteer healthcare professionals and students to answer health questions, receive health education tips, and learn about resources in your local community. Click here to learn more! Check out our Facebook Event page.
We will close Virtual Summer Games with a show of thanks and appreciation for our coaches/volunteers and a dance party to celebrate athlete success.
Closing Ceremonies/USA Games Drawing at 2 P.M.
The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will take place in Orlando, Florida from June 5-11, 2022. Team PA will consist of 122 athletes and 34 coaches from 14 sports. Pre-qualified spring sports athletes will be announced during Summer Games Closing Ceremonies on June 27th.
Victory Dance at 7 P.M.
To join, simply go to www.mixcloud.com/live/fireside-events at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 27!!
Our Sport Venue Coordinators will provide us with fun games, videos, messages from the key volunteers and more for our athletes to enjoy! Click here to learn more. Resources are Coming Soon!!!
Our online Olympic Village will be filled with fun and interactive activities for athletes and their families to enjoy.
- Pirates Problem Escape Room - 10-30 minutes - EASY
- Marty and the Thief in the Night - Total Escape - 10-20 minutes - EASY
- Hogwarts Digital Escape Room - 10-15 minutes - EASY
- Harry Potter Digital Escape Room (UTS Quidditch Society) 60-90 minutes - MEDIUM
- Spy Apprentice Digital Escape Room 30-60 minutes - DIFFICULT
- Hidden Objects - Can you find the items in the pictures? Use your superior skills to find the hidden items as quickly as you can!
- Spot the Differences - Each puzzle has two versions of the same picture. Can you find all the differences in the pictures? Here is a link to over 50 online games. HAVE FUN!
Healthy Habits Videos
Check out our Healthy Habits interactive education videos that will help build awareness of how healthy habits affect sport performance and everyday life.
Healthy Habits Videos Coming Soon!
- Sun Safety
- Proper Stretching Before and After Exercise:
- Eat a Rainbow
- Ways to Increase Your Steps Throughout the Day
- Sugar in Sweetened Beverages:
- Activities to Help Relax When Stressed:
- How to Add Flavor Without Salt
- Healthy Eye Tips
- Healthy Summer Desserts
Sheetz Family Award of Excellence
The Sheetz Family Award of Excellence was created to capture the great sporting moments that distinguish our athletes at the Summer Games. The award recognizes the athlete whose determination and effort can only be understood by the power of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and inspire greatness. The award distinguishes the athlete who may not win, but whose courage, sportsmanship, effort and determination is award winning. During the 2021Virtual Summer Games, the Sheetz Award will also recognize athletes who have exhibited resilience and willpower during this time of uncertainty by continuing to participate in various “Commit to Fit” offerings (SONA Stride/Move Challenges or the Fitness Heptathlon).
Please complete this online form to nominate an athlete(s). Applications need to be submitted by Monday, May 31st. Delegations/coaches can nominate more than one athlete. The successful athlete will be announced during our SOPA Talk Show segment on Friday, June 18th.
2020 Virtual Summer Games Recap
Thank you for celebrating with us during our 2020 Virtual Summer Games! After our athletes trained and competed from home, everyone came together virtually to celebrate their success through a series of events that aired on Facebook and YouTube from June 12th – 14th.
Thank You To Our Partners:
Financed in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of PA, Dept. of Community & Economic Development
Child Development Foundation / C.W. & Marjorie J. Schrenk Family Foundation / The Robert Y. Moffat Charitable Trust / Samuel & Edith Justus Charitable Trust / McCormick Family Foundation / May Emma Hoyt Foundation / Rossin Foundation