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Check out Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia in the news! Here is where Special Olympics Philadelphia and our Philadelphia athletes have been featured on the web, in the news or on TV! If you found an article or TV clip that is not listed, please send the article or TV clip to and it will be added.

May 21, 2019: Kristen A Graham for The Philadelphia Inquirer: Who are Philly’s best teachers? Here are 60 who shine.

May 7, 2019: Daily Times: Roxborough High excels at Special Olympics

April 28, 2019: CBS3 Philly: Special Olympics Spring Games Held At Penn Charter High School


October 24, 2017: Song-Binh Ngo for The Villanovan: Annual SPOlooza concert celebrates student, athlete unity

October 16, 2017: Special Olympics PA: 2017 Philadelphia Polar Plunge PSA

October 16, 2017: Penn Athletics: Penn Athletes Partner With Special Olympics Unified Games

September 22, 2017: Special Olympics PA: 2017 Unified Soccer Championship

August 13, 2017: Brian Cunniff for ShoreNewsToday: North Wildwood Beach Patrol Inspired by Cheerful Spirit of its Special Friend

August 9, 2017: Ashton Leber for Philadelphia Union: Philadelphia, FC Dallas Special Olympics Unified teams compete in special match following first-team game

August 7, 2017: Trey Madara for Trey Madara Photography: Special Olympics // Philadelphia Union vs FC Dallas

July 18, 2017: MLS Works: Special Olympics All-Star Soccer Match presented by MLS Works & ESPN

July 10, 2017: The ESPYS Celebrate Our Founder

July 10, 2017: 6ABC: Local athlete wins honorary ESPY

May 2, 2017: Rick Cawley for Digital First Media:  PHOTOS: Special Olympics holds annual Philadelphia Spring Games at Penn Charter in East Falls

April 30, 2017:  Kristen Applegate for Temple University: 40th Annual Philadelphia Spring Games – SOPA

April 18, 2017: Special Olympics to hold 40th annual Spring Games in East Falls

March 27, 2017: Chris Shipley for The Morning Call: PICTURES: Special Olympics Eastern Bowling Sectional

February 12, 2017: Epic Church: A Night To Shine

January 27, 2017: Eldon Graham for Philadelphia Public Record: Special Olympics Find South Philly Home


December 4, 2016: Cause and Celebration: 137th Philadelphia Charity Ball

December 2, 2016: Breakfast on Broad: Sarah Baicker Does Polar Plunge

December 2, 2016: CBS Philly: Plungers Take Dip In Icy Water For Special Olympics Pa.

November 28, 2016: Fox29: Special Olympics PA MedFest 2016 – Fox29 Coverage

November 22, 2016: John McDevitt for CBS Philly: Philadelphia Zoo’s Polar Bear ‘Coldilocks’ Helps With Very Special Cause

November 7, 2016: Anne Neborak for Media Line Media: Athletes feel the love at Special Olympics Fall Festival

November 6, 2016: Anne Neborak for Delco Daily Times: Athletes feel the love at Special Olympics Fall Festival

November 1, 2016: The Legal Intelligencer: People in the News—Nov. 2, 2016—Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads

July 27, 2016: MLS: Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star soccer match recap

July 27, 2016: MLS: MLS Works/Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match

June 20, 2016: Philadelphia Union YouTube: Special Olympics Pennsylvania

June 9, 2016:  Kristen Hatfield for PHL17: SOPA Philly celebrates the Fourth Annual Unified Soccer Championship

June 8, 2016: Colorado Rapids: Colorado Rapids and Philadelphia Union Special Olympics Athletes take the pitch

June 1, 2016: John Babiak for Current of Colorado: Soccer-filled weekend at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (3:55 – 4:00 in the video)

June 1, 2016: MLS WORKS/Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match

June 5, 2016: Kendrick Special Olympics Dominates the Podium at 2016 Summer Games

May 31, 2016: Marisa Pillar for  A once in a lifetime experience with Special Olympics Pennsylvania

May 28, 2016: Alicia Rodriguez for MLS: Colorado Rapids 1, Philadelphia Union 1 | 2016 MLS Match Recap

May 6, 2016: Hadas Kuznits for CBS Philly: ‘R-Word Campaign’ Spreads To North Philly School

March 23, 2016: Bill Gusler, Sons of Ben President, for the ‘nack: ‘Stache Bash 2016

March 18, 2016: CBS 21 Web Staff: State Hosts high school Bocce championship at Hershey

March 17, 2016: ABC6 Action News: WeTrain Special Olympics

March 15, 2016: Kristen Hatfield for PHL17: Another successful year for the Special Olympics of Philadelphia at the 2016 Leprechaun Run!

March 13, 2016: Villanova Television: Spread the Word to End the Word

March 12, 2016: Andrew Kramer for CBS Philly: Hundreds Lace Up For Annual Leprechaun Run To Benefit Special Olympics

March 11, 2016: CBS Philly: Top Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events In Philadelphia

March 11, 2016: Kristen Hatfield for PHL17: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and help the Special Olympics of PA

March 9, 2016: ABC 6 Action News2: WeTrain Special Olympics 

March 3, 2016: Love Run: Get to Training

February 12, 2016: Fox 29 News: Night to Shine prom held in Philadelphia


December 4, 2015: NBC10: Many Plungers Into Outdoor Pool to Raise Money

2015 Fall Festival:

November 9, 2015: Over 100 Temple Student-Athletes Volunteer at Special Olympics Fall Festival

November 6, 2015: Jan Carabeo for CBS Philly: Villanova Hosts Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Annual Fall Festival

October 6, 2015: Special Olympics PA YouTube:  Special Olympics MLS Unified Exchange Sizzle Reel

August 28, 2015: Philadelphia Union YouTube: Unified by Soccer: Philadelphia Union Special Olympics

August 4, 2015: Special Olympics PA YouTube:  Special Olympics Pennsylvania Interscholastic Unified Sports

August 1, 2015: Jason Iapicco: Red Bulls Union put on Special Olympics Unified Match

July 15, 2015: MLS Works/Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match

June 15, 2015: discover PHLSPORTS: John Wanamaker Athletic Award Winners

June 12, 2015: Post from Need In Deed’s Facebook Page

June 11, 2015: Adjua Fisher for Be Well Philly in Philadelphia Magazine: Weekend Guide: Find Out How Many Push-Ups You Can Do, a Run That Ends With Root Beer Floats, and More

June 6, 2015: Frank Ready for Centre Daily Times: As games close, Special Olympics brings hope, camaraderie

June 1, 2015: Neema Roshania for NewsWorks: Special Olympics soccer at MLK High School unites students across disability divide

May 29, 2015: Special Olympics Soccer Kicks Off In Northeast Philly

April 24, 2015: Maramont Corporation on Market Wired (Press Release): Maramont Corporation Partners With Special Olympics Pennsylvania at it’s 35th Annual Spring Games

2015 Leprechaun Run:

March 13, 2015: Mary Ann Fiebert for Daily Times Blogs: Top 10 for Friday: The 10 best upcoming events

March 12, 2015: Emily Leaman for Be Well Philly, Philadelphia Magazine: 7 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

March 12, 2015: Caralyn Dienstman for Ticket, Philadelphia Magazine: 7 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in and Around Philly

March 11, 2015: Tracey Romero for Roundup: St. Partick’s Day 2015 races in Philly area

March 10, 2015: Jillian Wilson for Uwishunu Philadelphia: St. Patrick’s Day In Philadelphia — A Guide To Parades, Food And Drink Specials, Tours, Shows And More

Deb Dellapena for Philadelphia Family: Lucky You! 4 Philly Area St. Patrick’s Day Events


November 19, 2014: Andrew Kramer for CBS Philly: Hear Philly: Dinner And Dancing For A Wonderful Cause Thanksgiving Weekend

November 17, 2014: Nicole Fasolino for Conigent: Conigent “Steps Up” For The Special Olympics

November 9, 2014: Villanova Television: Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival 2014

November 6, 2014: Adjua Fisher for BeWell Philly in Philadelphia Magazine: Could You Run 53 Flights of Stairs? Do It for a Good Cause on November 16th

October 22, 2014: Kenny Brown for Huffington Post Blog: My Brother Is Not Less Than

October 3, 2014: The Philadelphia Union Foundation: Unified by soccer: Special Olympics inaugural match a success on every facet

June 24, 2014: Catherine Arnst for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Culture of Health: Special Olympics Holds Lessons, and Inspiration, for All of Us

June 21, 2014: Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer: New Jersey hosting USA Special Olympics

Special Olympics Maryland: Beyond the Podium – Team MD Shines Brighter Than Medals at 2014 USA Games

Comcast SportsNet: Dadly Thenor leaves his walker behind to play net at the Special Olympics

June 11, 2014: Nick Cammarota: My Friend – The story of Dadly Thenor

May 30, 2014: Unified Soccer Championship Kicks Off

May 16, 2014: Special Olympics: Athlete Montinez Myers

May 8, 2014: Ben Liken Gets Ready To Compete In The Special Olympics

March 14, 2014: Andrew Kramer for CBS: Hear Philly: Leprechaun Run Goes The Extra Mile For Special Olympics PA

March 14, 2014: Hannah Feinberg for Ticket, Philadelphia Magazine: 7 St Patrick’s Day Festivities in Philly

March 12 2014: Jillian Wilson for Uwishnu Philadelphia: Roundup: Our Picks For St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations In The Philadelphia Region In 2014


November 23, 2013: PRNewswire: Wodify Sponsors Step Up for Special Olympics

June 20, 2013: Special Olympics PA Blog: SOPA and Philadelphia School District Partner for Unified Sports

June 5, 2013: PhillyEducation YouTube: Special Olympics

March 14, 2013: Jillian Wilson for Uwishunu Philadelphia: Roundup: Traditional And Alternative St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations In Philadelphia

March 4, 2013: Lindsey Murray for Be Well Philly, Philadelphia Magazine: Go Green: 12 St. Patrick’s Day Races Near Philadelphia

February 13, 2013:  Lindsey Murray for Be Well Philly, Philadelphia Magazine: To Do: Philadelphia Leprechaun Run


March 5, 2012: Julianne Mele for Be Well Philly, Philadelphia Magazine: Nine St. Patrick’s Day Races Near Philadelphia


July 17, 2011: Dante Anthony Fuoco, Inquirer Staff Writer: As the word turns


April 16, 1992: Drew McQuade, Daily News Sports Writer: ‘More Fun Than Christmas’ This NE Teen Gives Special Olympics a Blue Ribbon


May 4, 1990: Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer: A Special Olympian Among the Thousands Competing in Tomorrow’s Philadelphia Special Olympics May Games will be One Teenager for Whom the Starting Line Represents a Stunning Victory.