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.

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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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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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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2019 UPENN Spread the Word
Spread the Word Inclusion at University of Pennsylvania
March 18, 2019

The 2019 Spread the Word Inclusion at University of Pennsylvania’s campus was held during the week of March 11th to 15th. The University of Pennsylvania’s Special Olympics club (Penn Special Olympics), showed our support for the national Special Olympics and Best Buddies campaign “Spread the Word: Inclusion.”  Throughout the week, Penn Special Olympics hosted a […]

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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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2019 Leprechaun Run
2019 Leprechaun Run

2019 Leprechaun Run weekend started with a Pre-Leprechaun Run Happy Hour hosted by the Young Professionals Committee and Fishtown Beer Runners. For the second year in a row, Fette Sau was the final destination for Fishtown Beer Runners joining in the fun. Fette Sau offered discounted beverages and food as well as donating a dollar […]

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