Recent News

To keep you up to date on the latest Special Olympics Philadelphia news, our most recent news stories are below. Stories include award winners, competition results, event recaps and other newsworthy stories!

Check out Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Blog too – Philadelphia is featured a lot! Click here for Special Olympics PA’s Blog.

A Chilly Leprechaun Run Warms Hearts
March 13, 2017

A Chilly Leprechaun Run Warms Hearts of Special Olympics Pennsylvania Philadelphia athletes and participants. The 2017 Leprechaun Run presented by TMNA Services was held on Saturday, March 11th at MLK Drive starting by the Philadelphia Musem of Art. As runners arrived, the temperature was already a chilly 20 degrees. The cold weather didn’t stop over 750 […]

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2017 Philadelphia IUS Bocce Championship
March 10, 2017

On Thursday, March 9th, 24 Philadelphia Unified Bocce Teams met to see who would be moving on to the PIAA State Championships in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Eight teams from all over Pennsylvania will advance to the PIAA State Championships, held at the Giant Center. One school from each county will advance, and schools looking to advance […]

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2017 IUS Bocce League Play Days
February 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 14 The 2017 IUS Bocce League Play Days kicked off on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14th. We were in love with the energy our athletes and partners brought to the first league play day. George Washington graciously opened their school to host Abraham Lincoln, Hill Freedman and Thomas Edison High school for the day. […]

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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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Second Annual Philly Plunge Huge Success
December 5, 2016

  The second annual Philly Plunge huge success! The Philadelphia Polar Plunge took place on Friday, December 2, 2016, outside of Drexel University’s Fitness Plaza. A total of four plunges were held on this day: A “Cool Schools Plunge” for high schools participating in Special Olympics PA’s Interscholastic Unified Sports program from 10:00 am to12:00 […]

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Jimmy Medal awarded to Michael Caporale
November 28, 2016

On Friday, November 25th the 137th Annual Philadelphia Charity Ball took place. That evening, the Jimmy Medal awarded to Michael Caporale. The Jimmy Medal identifies and celebrates individuals who make a positive difference in the lives of others. Through their actions, they exemplify the virtues of resiliency, humility, empathy, and loyalty.  Mikey, diagnosed with autism, preferred being alone […]

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Change the way you watch sports and support SOPA
November 14, 2016

Change the Way You Watch Sports & Support SOPA Do you know that you can raise funds for Special Olympics Pennsylvania just by watching sports and playing a game? Allow us to personally invite you into the world of FireFan. The hottest interactive Sports App community ever created. FireFan is a game changer! It’s way […]

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Journey Together and Discover the World
November 8, 2016

26 Philadelphia athletes took part in Villanova’s 28th Annual Fall Festival held between November 4 – 6. Philadelphia athletes competed in Bocce Doubles, 5v5 Soccer, 7v7 Soccer, and Volleyball Skills. Our Young Athletes also had a chance to show their stuff as they competed in a Relay Race around Villanova’s Oreo, which showcased their soccer and […]

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I Have a Voice
October 27, 2016

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, thirteen high schools came together for training to be student leaders in their respective schools at Special Olympics Philadelphia’s “I Have a Voice” Unified Youth Summit. The Philadelphia School District hosted the summit at their headquarters with support from HOBY, and The Philadelphia Foundation. Schools in attendance at the Unified Youth Summit were: Abraham […]

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