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

The program, however, is about more than just sports. Through work in health, education, community building and sports, Special Olympics is addressing 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
2017 Unified Champion Schools Annual Conference
February 11, 2017

On February 7-10th, two Special Olympics Philadelphia’s staff attended the 2017 Unified Champion Schools Annual Conference in Columbia, South Carolina. Over 245 people from 47 U.S. States and 5 Canadian Provinces were in attendance. The conference was designed to be the premier professional development for Special Olympics State Program staff and key volunteers who implement […]

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Philadelphia has a new Athlete Leadership Chair
January 19, 2017

Philadelphia has a new Athlete Leadership Chair! Our Athlete Committee consisting of eight athletes Teddy Angerman, Raymond Anderson, Lisa Barbour, James Sheldon, Matt Grabowski, Sharon Quarles, Alison Ruitzer and Brian Stulz meet on a regular basis under the mentorship of Rosemary Duffy and Jon Garvey. The Athlete Leadership Council meets to discuss ways to get Philadelphia athletes more […]

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