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.

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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2018 Philadelphia IUS Bocce Championship
January 24, 2018

The 2018 Philadelphia IUS Bocce Championship was held on Tuesday, January 23rd at Northeast High School. This year, Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia welcomed the most schools and teams to ever participate in the Bocce Championship – a total of 11 schools with 22 teams playing.  After weeks of training and competing in two league-play days, […]

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Ice Skating Social
January 19, 2018

The Young Professional Committee held an Ice Skating Social on Thursday, January 18th for athletes and their families. Especially for such a chilly night in January, there was such a great turnout of athletes, young professionals, and friends! The winter ice skating event was held at the Blue Cross RiverRink in Philadelphia and everyone had a blast! […]

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Third Annual Elementary/Middle School IUS Bocce Championship
January 17, 2018

After a snow delay which pushed the third annual Elementary/Middle School IUS Bocce Championship back a week, the championship was held on Tuesday, January 16th at Jefferson University‘s Gallagher Recreation Center. This year, Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia welcomed the largest amount of school teams to date with three elementary schools and five middle schools bringing […]

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2017-2018 IUS Bocce Season
December 15, 2017

The 2017-2018 IUS Bocce Season is the third year that Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia has had an IUS Bocce League. This year, nine Philadelphia schools are participating with the end goal of competing in Hershey, PA for the State IUS Bocce Championships. After a few months off, everyone was happy to start bocce again. Below […]

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SOPA – Philadelphia Seeks Director
December 5, 2017

SOPA – Philadelphia seeks Director. Special Olympics Pennsylvania seeks an enthusiastic leader to serve as Director of its Philadelphia program. This exciting leadership opportunity will require the Director to strategically evaluate the presence and impact of Special Olympics programming in the city and develop a solid business plan calling for growth in both school and […]

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2017 Philadelphia Polar Plunge
December 4, 2017

The 2017 Philadelphia Polar Plunge was a huge success! Prep for the event happened on Thursday, November 30th to ensure that the water would be nice and chilly for Plungers. On Friday, December 1, 2017, more than 500 Plungers took to the water during three different plunge times. The first temperature reading of the morning was a […]

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138th Philadelphia Charity Ball
November 27, 2017

The Philadelphia Charity Ball celebrated 138 years of tradition on Saturday, November 25, 2017. The mission of The Philadelphia Charity Ball is two-fold: to raise funds for non-profit organizations focused on youth in Philadelphia, and to inspire the young people of Philadelphia to make philanthropy a central part of their lives. It is a formal celebration and gathering that has raised millions of dollars for a variety […]

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2017 Fall Fest
November 13, 2017

The 2017 Fall Fest took us through time with the theme, Adventure Through Time. Fall Festival was held at Villanova University between Friday, November 10th – Sunday, November 12th. Fall Fest started with the Unified Fall Fest Torch Run, kicking off at Citizen’s Bank Park and weaving through the city for a mid-way stop at the Philadelphia Museum of […]

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