2018 Summer Games

More than 2,000 athletes descended upon Special Olympics PA‘s 49th Annual Summer Games at Penn State University from Thursday, May 31st to Saturday, June 2nd to compete in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Philadelphia sent a delegation of 64 athletes to compete in athletics, aquatics, basketball, basketball skills, bowling, and gymnastics after weeks of training. 

To advance to Summer Games, athletes compete for at least 8 weeks and qualify from local competitions and sectional events. Our Philadelphia athletes qualified for Summer Games through the Eastern Bowling Sectional, Eastern Spring Sectional (athletics, aquatics, and basketball), or the Philadelphia Gymnastics tournament. Athletes are guided by their coaches, and assistant coaches and supported throughout the season by their family and friends.

When athletes arrived, some sports participated in preliminary competition to determine their weekend schedule. Athletes then grabbed some dinner and prepared for Opening Ceremonies. The Opening Ceremonies started with the Parade of Athletes where athlete Jackie Lutts carried in the Philadelphia banner along with Head of Delegation, Rosemary Duffy. Included in Opening Ceremonies were many welcoming remarks from various members of the Penn State community, spectacular performances and an celebratory introduction to Team PA who will represent Pennsylvania at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, Washington.

After a remarkable Opening Ceremonies, our athletes got to rest before intense competition started. On Friday, our athletes headed to their respective venues to compete and show Penn State what they have been training for. Our athletes shone on the track, in the field, in the pool, on the court, in the lanes, and in the gym. After a day of long, intense competition, athletes enjoyed a sports festival and dance where they could kick back and enjoy time with friends.

Saturday we saw final competition for many of our athletes and got to see the joy on our athletes’ faces when they received their ribbons or awards they earned throughout the weekend. We loved watching our brave, inspiring Special Olympics athletes fall in love with sports all over again.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our coaches who have prepared our athletes for this event with endless hours of training and support and our families who continue to offer support and guidance off the playing field.


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Raymond Anderson50M Walk:17.102nd
 100M Walk:32.302nd
 Shot Put (Men 4Kg)8802nd
Keith Collins50M Walk:26.602nd
 100M Walk:55.005th
 Softball Throw21581st
Emmanuel Cook50M Walk:21.702nd
 100M Walk:46.802nd
 Softball Throw
Michael Earland III100M Dash:14.794th
 200M Dash:30.252nd
 Long Jump4081st
Eddie Glover50M Walk:31.101st
 100M Walk1:11.302nd
 Softball Throw13155th
Tyrell Hargrave100M Dash:15.581st
 200M Dash:31.342nd
 Shot Put (Men 4Kg)2701st
Kendall Harris-Burton100M Dash:15.303rd
 200M Dash:30.012nd
 Shot Put (Men 4Kg)4072nd
Wesley Hicks50M Walk:21.271st
 100M Walk:43.735th
 Softball Throw10543rd
John Kulpa100M Dash:16.304th
 200M Dash:34.235th
 Shot Put (Men 4Kg)7295th
Isabel Kurtz25M Dash:11.401st
 50M Dash:16.104th
 Softball Throw6185th
Sharon Quarles50M Walk17.303rd
 100M Walk:40.401st
 Softball Throw13042nd
Eugene Riley50M Walk:17.001st
 100M Walk:34.103rd
 Softball Throw22501st
Sheila Stevens50M Walk:22.202nd
 Softball Throw8491st
Sadika Smith100M Dash:17.152nd
 200M Dash:34.576th
 Shot Put (Men 4Kg)3783rd
Michael Walker100M Walk:27.401st
 400M Walk2:35.111st
 Shot Put (Men 4Kg)5531st

Coach: Miguel Diaz

Joseph Barut25M Freestyle:34.063rd Place
 50M Freestyle1:25.168th Place
 50M Backstroke1:56.595th Place
Edwin Ian Capacio200M Butterfly3:07.381st Place
 200M IM3:07.071st Place
 800M Freestyle12:51.282nd Place
Kelsey Greenewald200M Backstroke4:32.341st Place
 400M Freestyle8:07.651st Place
 200M Freestyle3:43.161st Place
Katelyn Joyce100M Backstroke2:26.554th Place
 50M Butterfly1:21.092nd Place
 100M Freestyle2:29.092nd Place
Jackie Lutts400M Freestyle9:08.162nd Place
 50M Freestyle:49.786th Place
 100M Backstroke2:23.571st Place
David Norris50M Freestyle:59.974th Place
 50M Backstroke1:21.221st Place
 100M Freestyle2:16.532nd Place
James Parfitt100M Freestyle1:27.622nd Place
 100M Backstroke2:07.972nd Place
 400M Freestyle7:21.972nd Place
Anthony Powell50M Breaststroke2:03.033rd Place
 50M Butterfly2:04.031st Place
 50M Backstroke1:48.002nd Place
Ramsey Robinson25M Freestyle:24.032nd Place
 25M Backstroke:37.902nd Place
 50M Freestyle:54.131st Place

Coach: Karen Aviso

Philly Rebels (5v5)

Nyger Smith, Lavar Gladden, Davon Clements, Abdul Muhammad, Anthony Flanigan, Nicole Stanley, Denzel McFadden, Chris Ray, Michael Henderson

William Holman

2nd Place
Philly Dragons (5v5)

Matthew Everett, Brian Stulz, Charlie Zisette, Derrick Jackson, Mitchell Stahl, Corey Sweet, Benjamin Liken, Daniel Charlton, Carl Irvis, Jason Bixby

Jaclyn Bixby2nd Place
All-Stars (5v5)

Samuel Fioravanti, Dionte Davis, Joshua Harris, William Strauser, Ronald Atkins Jr., Matthew Beckman, Stephen Helverson, Jaryd Lee, Arthur Church

Walter Beckman2nd Place
Rebounders (3v3)

Zachary Hollinger, Francis Bradshaw, Lisa Barbour, Kelly Dluzniewski, Stanley Dluzniewski

Rosemary Duffy

4th Place
Basketball Skills

Cyla Bradshaw – 1st Place

Shane Darrah – 1st Place

Patrick Kulick – 3rd Place

Coach: Monica Bradshaw

Bowling: Singles

Porscha Blake – Score: 1282 – 5th Place

Coach: MaryEllen Zisette

Luke JonesLevel 2A – All Around 1st Place
Megan MurphyLevel 3H – All Around139.71st Place
GeSana AccooeLevel 1A – All Around100.43rd Place

Coach: Ariel Mankin