Every two years, thousands of Special Olympics athletes worldwide come together to showcase their athletic skills and celebrate the spirit of Special Olympics in alternating World Summer and World Winter Games. The first Special Olympics World Games took place in 1968 and since then have evolved into a world-class sporting event similar in size and scope to the Olympic Games, attracting a wide range of sponsors, supporters and media.
Following the Olympic ideals, Special Olympics World Games are abundant in tradition. All World Games feature Opening and Closing Ceremonies, a Torch Run public awareness event prior to the Games, cultural activities, and world-class sports competition.
MINIMAL WORLD GAMES ATHLETE EXPECTATIONS:
Special Olympics Selects Kazan, Russia to Host Landmark World Winter Games in 2022
From January 22 – 28, 2020, Kazan will host 2,000 athletes from 108 nations along with 3,000 volunteers. Athletes will compete in seven sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, floorball, short track speed skating, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
Kazan is largely considered the sports capital of Russia having hosted a number of premiere, international sporting events. It will serve as the launching pad for Special Olympics Russia’s vision to expand inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities throughout the country, the region, and the world.
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For more information, visit https://sokazan2022.com/
2022 World Games Selected Athletes:
Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s 2019 Winter Games and 2019 Indoor Winter Games served as the qualifying events for the 2021 World Winter Games.
S athletes were selected from Pennsylvania to participate in Special Olympics USA Team Trials for the opportunity to compete at the World Games during our 5th Annual Philadelphia Polar Plunge on December 6th.
- Brooks Trimble, Lancaster County – Alpine Skiing (Novice)
- Ricky Eutzy, Area M – Alpine Skiing (Advanced)
- Lydia Wert, Beaver County – Alpine Skiing (Novice)
- Robert “Bobby” Snively, Blair County – Speed Skating 2
- Morae Ford, Erie – Cross Country Skiing 2
- Justin Grimley, Chester County – Snowshoeing 3
- Lisa Robinson, Chester County – Speed Skating 1
2022 World Games Selected Coaches & Staff:
Amanda Katelozus, Area M – Speed Skating Assistant Coach
Lester Loner, Lycoming – Snowshoe Assistant Coach
Kristie Reid, Allegheny – Alpine Assistant Coach
- Lauren Saulter, UCS Manager – Assistant Sport Manager for Speed and Figure Skating
The 2019 World Games took place in Abu Dhabi from March 14-21, 2019.
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PA World Games Athlete Medal Count
Our athletes brought home some hardware after very successful competitions. We couldn't be more proud of how they represented Pennsylvania as a part of Special Olympics USA!
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Check out a World Games Video Recap of our athletes via Facebook!
2019 WORLD GAMES ATHLETES:
- Delina Rodriguez, Carbon County
VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Clinton County Hawks
CLINTON COUNTY ATHLETES:
CLINTON COUNTY COACHES:
- Aaron Keller, Luzerne County
- Wenona Sutton, Former SOPA Marketing & Communications Manager
Chief David Mettin To Participate In Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg
Before the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 kicks off in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, an elite group of individuals will serve as the “Guardians of the Flame” and escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope on a journey to heighten awareness and take the message of Special Olympics every corner of the United Arab Emirates. Chief David A. Mettin from the Slate Belt Regional Police Department is among those who will make up the prestigious “Final Leg” team for the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) at the 2019 World Summer Games.
Mettin has been involved with the Torch Run for nine years. He has served as the Director for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, and now is the Assistant Director for the State.
He has been with the Slate Belt Regional Police Department for 4 years and served as the Chief of Police of the Pennridge Regional Police Department prior to joining his current force.
Mettin has 30 years of Law Enforcement experience, and lives in Bucks County, PA, with his wife Jenny and their three children.
World Games Athletes Honored by the Senate
Pennsylvania members of Special Olympics USA’s contingent for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games visited the State Capitol in Harrisburg on April 29th where they were honored on the Senate floor! The Senate payed tribute to our PA athletes for their achievements while competing in the World Games held in Abu Dhabi from March 14 - 21.