Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia program provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Philadelphia.

The program, however, is about more than just sports. Through work in health, education, community building and sports, Special Olympics addresses inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities. We give our participants skills they can use at home, in school, and at work.

Special Olympics Philadelphia envisions a world where people with intellectual disabilities lead healthy, vibrant lives grounded in ongoing sports and physical activities, sound nutrition and a deeply held commitment to improve, compete, achieve and demonstrate their personal bests to themselves and their communities. 

Special Olympics Philadelphia envisions a world where people with intellectual disabilities – and their families — know the best ways to optimize their health and well-being. We want to make sure that accessible information, resources, systems, and policies exist at the individual, community, national and global levels that support them in realizing healthy and productive lives.

Special Olympics Philadelphia envisions a world in which people with intellectual disabilities are leaders in engendering and sustaining acceptance and respect within schools and communities. We do this through Special Olympics’ inclusive sports, fitness and youth activation programs.


News & Events
28th Annual Bowling Tournament
February 26, 2018

Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia held their 28th Annual Bowling Tournament on Sunday, February 25th at Erie Lanes in Philadelphia. Over 125 athletes brought their A-Game to Erie Lanes with hopes to advance to the 2018 Eastern Bowling Sectional on Sunday, March 25th in Allentown, PA. Opening Ceremonies kicked off the event with athlete, Lisa Barbour acting […]

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New Partnership with YMCAs
February 1, 2018

Special Olympics PA (SOPA)  announced a new partnership with YMCAs across the Philadelphia region; Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, YMCA of Greater Brandywine and the YMCA of York and York County. Both organizations have the shared mission to work towards improving the quality of life and well-being for the community. Through this partnership, Special Olympics local programs will be able […]

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