The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games are held each year at Penn State University in State College. The event brings together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. Our largest event of the year, Summer Games features three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of our athletes, coaches and volunteers.
The 2019 Summer Games will take place from June 6 - 8, 2019.
Summer Games 2018 Recap:
2018 SHEETZ FAMILY AWARD AWARD WINNER, LINDSEY MADDEN
We are pleased to announce the winner of this year's Sheetz Family Award of Excellence, Lindsey Madden from Chester County!
The Sheetz Family Award of Excellence was created to capture the great sporting moments that distinguish the 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. It distinguishes athletes who may not win but whose courage, sportsmanship, effort and determination is award-winning.
Lindsey, 29, has competed in tennis for 13 years. Despite having Cerebral Palsy, wearing two leg braces, and having limited use of her left arm and hand, she comes to practice with a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She always has a kind word or a word of encouragement for everyone, and enjoys every moment that she is on the court. Even though Lindsey rarely medals, she never complains. Instead, she encourages her teammates to do better and be the best that they can be.
Two years ago when her team was limited in the number of athletes who could compete at Penn State University, she volunteered to stay home and shared the opportunity with a new athlete who had never competed on the state level. She simply stated, “I have done that and they need to try.”
Lindsey’s determination and effort has never failed despite having a complicated home life and an ill mother. Although she may not always win, she has the courage to try, compete, and shows great determination and effort to improve her skills. And, last year Lindsey earned her first gold medal in tennis and was over the moon with excitement!!!
Sheetz Family Award recipient, Lindsey Madden from Chester County, pictured above with Sheetz, Inc. Public Relations Manager Nick Ruffner.