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 Virtual UNcathlon to benefit Special Olympics PA
August 19, 2021

The second Virtual UNcathlon to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) will be held throughout the entire month of September!   The Virtual UNcathlon is a 30 day fitness & fundraising challenge that features one exercise, practiced daily. Join us, create a team and register here: This year’s exercise is the PLANK.  For the month of September, […]

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Virtual Philadelphia Spring Games
May 14, 2021

Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia is excited to present a Virtual Philadelphia Spring Games for 2021!  Did you miss our Kick-off Video? You’re in luck – we have it here! For more details and reminders, join our Facebook Event Page or any of our social media platforms: Facebook (@SOPAPhiladelphia), Instagram (@SOPAPhilly), or Twitter (@SOPAPhilly).   […]

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Generation Unified
April 26, 2021

Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia is partnering with the Satell Institute Youth Enrichment Series to offer a “Generation Unified” virtual enrichment program that will engage participants in weekly activities focused on the core themes of Special Olympics: health, wellness, leadership and inclusion! Subject Matter: Health & Wellness, Leadership Development Targeted Age Groups: High School (Grades […]

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PA Polar Pop
March 1, 2021

Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Polar Bear Plunge – held in conjunction with the PA Law Enforcement Torch Run – is a fundraising event in which individuals pledge $50 or more for the chance to run or jump into icy cold waters. Due to the continued increase of COVID-19 cases in 2020 and 2021, Pennsylvania’s highly anticipated Polar Plunge shifted to […]

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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 Eastern Fall Sectional
October 14, 2019

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, […]

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