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Virtual Winter Games

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Hundreds of athletes, coaches, families, and friends representing all corners of Pennsylvania usually participate in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s (SOPA) annual Winter Games in Seven Springs, PA, and Indoor Winter Games in York, PA.  This year, however, both winter events have been combined to form a Virtual Winter Games series that will take place on weekends from February 27th to March 13th#VirtualWinterGames

Virtual Winter Games will celebrate the nearly 800 athletes and coaches that participated in SOPA’s Commit to Fit initiative. Through Commit to Fit offerings, athletes trained and competed in a Fitness Heptathlon comprised of 7 different fitness exercises and earned points based upon their performance improvement level in each exercise. Additionally, athletes engaged in Floor Hockey at-home skills activities facilitated by a coach.

Schedule of Events:

Click here to download a schedule of events.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH

EPISODE #1

  • Olympic Village Opens at 12 noon
  • Polar Pop Culminating Event/VWG Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m.
    Polar Pop Virtual Winter Games

On Saturday, February 27th at 7 p.m. we partnered with Fireside Events LLC for a Polar Pop Celebration and a kickoff to our 2021 Virtual Winter Games! This unique and fun event combined highlights from our Polar Pop with the Opening Ceremonies for our Virtual Winter Games. We relived the excitement from the Polar Pop while simultaneously traveling to the mountains of 7 Springs and the competition venues of York, PA to celebrate our athletes' successes during their winter competition. If you missed it, don't worry... click here to view our celebration!


Friday, March 5th

EPISODE #2

  • Competition Sports Desk – Singles at 7:30 p.m.

Join us as we talk with some of our fitness heptathlon athletes, share videos and build excitement around the Virtual Winter Games!

We would LOVE to receive your fitness heptathlon and floor hockey videos and photos!  Please submit your entries by using our Virtual Winter Games Dropbox.


Saturday, March 6th

EPISODE #3

  • Young Athletes Exhibition – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.SO YA Lockups 04

Young Athletes helps lead children into a bright new world of sports and social skills, pride and possibility. Children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 2-7, are invited to join us for dancing, child-friendly exercises from Special Olympics PA’s Fitness Heptathlon and home bowling!

This Virtual Winter Games Exhibition will take place via Zoom. All participants and their families can register here. **Parents/Guardians and siblings are also invited to take part in these activities!**

All registered Young Athletes participants will receive a t-shirt in the mail prior to the event! If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Schubert at jschubert@specialolympicspa.orgClick here to download an event flyer.


Friday, March 12th

EPISODE #4

  • Competition Sports Desk – Doubles/Unified Sports Experience at 7:30 p.m.

Join us as we talk with some of our fitness heptathlon athletes, share videos and build excitement around the Virtual Winter Games!

We would LOVE to receive your fitness heptathlon and floor hockey videos and photos!  Please submit your entries by using our Virtual Winter Games Dropbox.


Saturday, March 13th

EPISODE #5

  • Awards Celebration at 5 p.m.

EPISODE #6

  • Dance – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

To join the dance the night of, simply follow this link!


 Olympic Village

Healthy Habits

Presented by:

WellSpan Health

The team at WellSpan is very excited to provide Winter Games athletes and volunteers with a series of healthy sessions. You can click on each session at your own convenience.

Each session has an overall theme. We hope viewers will participate virtually by supporting each day’s theme and posting your pictures using #SOPAWinterGames. On Friday, March 13th, we will post a virtual awards celebration for all of the athletes that participated.

Warm-Up/Cool Down

Theme: Sports Jersey Day

Today’s session will concentrate on the importance of warming up prior to exercise and cooling down after. We will be sharing some of our favorite exercises with you!

The following worksheet will outline the important information shared in each session. Be sure to check the worksheet out, as it may have fun at home activities for you to try!

Virtual Winter Games Sponsors

 

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