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2020 Fall Sectionals All Roads Lead to Inclusion
2020 SOPA Fall Sectionals
October 5, 2020

Because 2020 is a year unlike any other, we did something new for this year’s Sectionals… We combined the Western, Central, and Eastern Sectionals into ONE BIG SPECTACULAR EVENT, the 2020 SOPA Fall Sectionals!! DeSales University, Juniata College, and Slippery Rock University all came together to put on a virtual experience for our athletes including Opening Ceremonies, a Virtual […]

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Bocce at the Ballpark 2020
February 6, 2020

The Philadelphia Phillies hosted us for the second year in a row for Bocce at the Ballpark 2020. Our top two programs from the 2020 Philadelphia UCS Bocce Championship, Northeast High School and Parkway West High School brought their two unified bocce teams for some friendly competition with the Philadelphia Phillies front office. Unified bocce […]

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2019 Unified Sports Indoor Bocce Championship
March 22, 2019

Twelve champion teams who won their regional championship attended the 2019 Unified Sports Indoor Bocce Championship after winning in their region. Each team represented their high schools unified bocce team, where students with and without intellectual disabilities train and compete on the same team. Twelve different high schools from twelve different counties were represented: Centre […]

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2nd Annual Philadelphia Gymnastics Meet
March 11, 2019

On Saturday, March 9th, Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia held the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Gymnastics Meet. The meet was held at Temple University’s McGonigle Hall. Athletes from Lebanon, Montgomery, and Bethlehem county joined our Philadelphia athletes at this meet.  Opening Ceremonies started at 10:00 am and included a warm welcome from Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia […]

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Michael Jordan has joined the SOPA – Philadelphia Team
January 23, 2019

We are excited to announce that Michael Jordan has joined the SOPA – Philadelphia team as our new Manager of Interscholastic Partnerships! In this role, Michael will work with our Unified Champion Schools and manage Unified Sports, Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagements within the schools of Philadelphia. Michael will work closely with the School […]

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2018 Invitational Volleyball Tournament
October 29, 2018

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, volleyball teams from Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties competed against each other at the 2018 Invitational Volleyball Tournament held at Abraham Lincoln High School. Chase Trimmer, Director of Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, kicked off Opening Ceremonies with a warm welcome. Afterward, he introduced Global Messenger, Athlete Representative and member of SOPA […]

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2018 Eastern Fall Sectional
October 15, 2018

On Sunday, October 14th, our athletes took a drive to DeSales University for the 2018 Eastern Fall Sectional. Athletes from Area P, Berks County, Bethlehem County, Bucks County, Carbon County, Chester County, Columbia/ Montour, Delaware County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Luzerne County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, Northumberland – Snyder Counties, Philadelphia County, Schuylkill County and […]

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2018 Fall Sports Classic
September 17, 2018

Our three Philadelphia soccer teams made their season debut at the 2018 Fall Sports Classic. This event was hosted by Special Olympics PA – Area M on Sunday, September 16th in Hershey, PA. Over 800 Special Olympics athletes from across PA competed in Bocce, Long Distance Running/Walking, Powerlifting, Soccer, and Volleyball for the 15th Annual […]

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2018 MLS Exchange Game
August 13, 2018

Through the Unified Sports Soccer Exchange Program, Unified soccer teams from MLS cities travel to other MLS markets to compete in exhibition matches with their Special Olympics counterparts. Unified matches are scheduled in conjunction with MLS club matches, providing fans an opportunity to witness first-hand, the talents and abilities of Special Olympics soccer players. This […]

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2018 Summer Games
June 4, 2018

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 […]

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