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More than 800 Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) athletes traveled to DeSales University for the 20Eastern Fall Sectional, held on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Athletes from a number of eastern Pennsylvania programs will compete in team and individual events in five sports including bocce (doubles & Unified Sports® doubles), long-distance walking/running, powerlifting, soccer (Individual skill, 5v5, 7v7, and 11v11), and volleyball (team, unified and individual skills). 77 athletes from Philadelphia joined over 800 athletes from 18 other counties for the Eastern Fall Sectional.
After the lighting of the flame of hope—which represents the determination of the athletes—the games began. Athletes were put to the test in five events: soccer, volleyball, powerlifting, bocce ball, and cross country running/walking. The Eastern Fall Sectional is the University’s largest service event of the year where hundreds of students—including the entire freshman class—volunteer. Nearly100 freshmen served as a local program host—guiding a specific county of athletes around campus for the day and cheering them on.
Congratulations to all of our athletes and thank you to all of our coaches who have helped our athletes get this far. Now on to Fall Fest!
*Indicates the individual or team will advance to Fall Festival!
|Team 1||Pam Galone & Kevin Karcher||1st Place|
|Team 2*||Alivia Sciarra & Tracey McGarvey||1st Place|
|Team 3*||Kirstyn Cantres & Christina DiVergilis||2nd Place|
|Strikers United (Unified 7v7)*||Joseph Rynkiewicz, Matthew Grabowski, Ryan Bogan, Brian Stulz, Angel Rodriguez, Charles Zisette, Danny Charlton, Sam Fiorvanti Jr, Carl Irvis, Jesse Rose, Jason Bixby, Michael Castillo, Matthew Beckman||2nd|
|All-Stars (7v7)*||Mitchel Stahl, Ian Capacio, Michael Castillo, Justin Martinez, Sam Fioravanti Jr, Jesse Rose, Carl Irvis, Matt Beckman, Charles Zisette, Derrick Jackson, Jason Bixby||3rd|
|Stars and Stripes (5v5)*||Allison Davidson, Jackie Lutts, Danny Amrik, Emmett Abdo, Heather Lutts, Lisa Barbour, Kristie Walls, Eddie Glover||3rd|
|Philly Rocket Serves*||
Allison Ruitzer, Carlyn Robinson, Kelly Dluzniewski, Stanley Dluzniewski, Latif, Marissa Williams, Francis Bradshaw, Jabari Patterson, Joe Barut
|Cyla Bradshaw*||1st Place|