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.

Seeking Management Team Volunteers
May 1, 2017

Our program is growing and we need your help! Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia is Seeking Management Team Volunteers! Our management team will be comprised of volunteers who are dedicated and passionate about SOPA Philly to help us grow in a variety of areas. These individuals will work on the administrative/back-end of SOPA Philly and […]

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Unified Bocce Champions Showcase
April 5, 2017

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, SOPA Philly hosted a Unified Bocce Demonstration at the School District of Philadelphia Head Quarters (440) in the atrium for all to see! The two winning teams from our Philadelphia Unified Bocce Championship championship that did not advance to Hershey – a team from Thomas Edison and another from George […]

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2017 Eastern Bowling Sectional
March 27, 2017

On Sunday, March 26th, 23 athletes represented Philadelphia at the 2017 Eastern Bowling Sectional. Our athletes joined 299 other athletes from the eastern part of the state, which includes Area P, Bethlehem City, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia/Montour, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland/Snyder, Schuylkill, Union, and host, Lehigh County for a day filled with strikes, spares, […]

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2017 Interscholastic Unified State Bocce Championships

After finishing first at the 2017 IUS Philadelphia Bocce Championship, two George Washington teams an a team from Thomas Edison were placed into a hat to see who would represent Philadelphia at the 2017 Interscholastic Unified State Bocce Championships.  At the end, one of the teams from George Washington Eagles moved on to represent Philadelphia. Members […]

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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 Museum 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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28th Annual Bowling Tournament
February 27, 2017

119 athletes from all around Philadelphia met at Erie Lanes on Sunday, March 26th for the 28th Annual Bowling Tournament. Five bowling teams took over the 48 bowling lanes at Erie Lanes. Athlete, Sharon Quarles helped kick things off as she emceed Opening Ceremonies along with Special Guest, Joe Conklin. Each team participated in the Parade of Athletes and […]

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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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