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.

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.


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Athletes Dove in as Athletes and Emerged as Champions
November 10, 2015

Villanova University’s campus turned into an underwater adventure land – with the theme of Dive in as Athletes, Emerge as Champions! Our athletes dove in and with a lot of hard work, left with treasures and stories to tell. Our athletes dominated the field/court in Soccer (5v5, 7v7, and skills), Volleyball and Bocce! We even […]

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2015 Step Up Philly a climbing success!
October 26, 2015

Yesterday, October 25th, Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Philadelphia held Step Up for Special Olympics, presented by PECO and challenged participants up 53 grueling flights of stairs at the BNY Mellon Center (1735 Market St.). Marc Zumoff, sportscaster for the Philadelphia 76ers on Comcast SportsNet, kicked off the event by welcoming participants and reminding them to take this challenge by the […]

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