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.

2021 Capitol Hill Day
February 12, 2021

 Special Olympics programs from across the United States took part in a virtual 2021 Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday, February 10th, and Thursday, February 11th. This is the 19th year Special Olympics has organized the event, which included over 500 delegates representing 48 states. This is the first year that this event has been held […]

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Commit to Fit Journey
November 19, 2020

Throughout the pandemic, Special Olympics PA has launched Commit to Fit, a series of at-home workouts to keep our athletes engaged and healthy. One of our athletes, Lisa Barbour, has taken part in our Commit to Fit program and has seen great results while meeting her goals! Below, Lisa shares her Commit to Fit Journey. […]

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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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Sayre host Pep Rally
December 16, 2019

As part of a Whole School Engagement initiative, Sayre host Pep Rally for inclusion. The event was held on Friday, December 13 where the main focus was to introduce to the schools the athletes in the school who would represent Sayre in a variety of sports throughout the school year. All students and staff in […]

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2019 Summer Games
June 10, 2019

Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) held the 2019 Summer Games at Penn State University in State College, PA, from Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, June 8, 2019. This year marks the 32nd consecutive year that Penn State University will host Summer Games, and the 27th successive year that Sheetz, Inc. will serve as a state-wide corporate […]

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2019 UCS Soccer Championship
May 24, 2019

The 2019 UCS Soccer Championship was held on Wednesday, May 22 at George Washington High School. This soccer championship marked the 7th Annual Unified Soccer Championship in Philadelphia with more than ten schools participating. George Washington students Ronald Pierre and Manny Molina joined PHL17 anchor Demetria Green as emcees for Opening Ceremonies. George Washington band […]

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Why I love Special Olympics
May 1, 2019

Emmett Abdo, a Philadelphia athlete was featured in SOAR’s 2019 edition. SOAR is the Special Olympics Athlete Review that gets published once a quarter by Special Olympics PA’s ALPS Coordinator. Emmett wrote an article titled Why I love Special Olympics. Emmett shared his experiences with Special Olympics and how it shaped him to be the […]

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2019 Spread the Word
April 1, 2019

The global day for 2019 Spread the World: Inclusion was Wednesday, March 6, 2019. However, our athletes, Unified Champion Schools, Young Professionals Committee, and Executive Advisory Board celebrated throughout the month. Sayre High School created an art contest where students were asked to create a superhero with an anti-violent theme. Along with their drawing, students […]

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2019 Brighter Futures Awards
March 25, 2019

The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services recognized Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) during the 2019 Brighter Futures Awards. Special Olympics PA received the “Inclusion Award of Excellence” for its commitment to promoting inclusion through Unified Sports and for hosting the first global City of Inclusion Summit. Special Olympics PA Philadelphia […]

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