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.

2018 Penn Relays
April 30, 2018

The 2018 Penn Relays was the 128th running of the relays and featured athletes from more than 200 colleges, 1,000 high schools, & professionals competing in the three-day festival. Special Olympics was represented by delegations from Pennsylvania, Florida, New Jersey, Maryland and Massachusets. Besides Philadelphia, other counties representing PA included Bucks, Carbon, Lehigh and Montgomery. […]

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2018 IUS Track & Field Season
April 27, 2018

The 2018 IUS Track & Field Season marked our second season of Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia doing athletics in our Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS) Program. Participating high schools include George Washington High School, Hill-Freedman, Martin Luther King High School, Northeast High School, and South Philadelphia High School. After a Time-Trial Meet (Meet 1) and […]

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2018 IUS Soccer Season

2018 IUS Soccer Season consisted of four league play days at various high schools to prepare students for the championship in late May. Ten high schools participated in this years soccer season. Schools included AUD- Audenreid (lt blue), FRNK- Frankford (red), GW- George Washington (blue, navy), SAY – Sayre High School (white), TE- Thomas Edison (green) […]

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2018 Interscholastic Unified Indoor Bocce State Championship
March 26, 2018

After a weather postponement, Unified Bocce teams from George Washington High School and Hill-Freedman World Academy made their way to Camp Hill, PA on Friday, March 23 for the 2018 Interscholastic Unified Indoor Bocce State Championship. Both teams qualified for the championship after placing first in their respective divisions in the Philadelphia City Championship earlier […]

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1st Philadelphia Gymnastics Meet
March 12, 2018

Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia held its 1st Philadelphia Gymnastics Meet on March 10, 2018, at Temple University’s Pearson-McGonigle Hall. Gymnasts from Bethlehem, Lebanon, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties compete in Rhythmic, Men’s Artistic, and Women’s Artistic gymnastics. Rhythmic Gymnastics consists of four different floor exercises including a rope routine, hoop routine, ball or clubs routine and […]

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33rd Annual Leprechaun Run presented by TMNA Services

Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia held their 33rd Annual Leprechaun Run presented by TMNA Services on Saturday, March 10th at Schuylkill Banks Palapa. It was a chilly morning – starting around 30 degrees Fahrenheit, making it feel like a winter day rather than an almost-spring day. Over 700 participants participated in either the Lucky 7-Mile Race, Classic 5-Mile […]

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First Med Buddies
March 10, 2018

Special Olympics PA  – Philadelphia partnered with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) to host the first Med Buddies on Friday, March 9th! More than 50 Special Olympics Unified teammates were invited to spend the day at PCOM. Students in PCOM’s Advocate for Individuals with Disabilities (AID) class and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Special Olympics […]

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29th Annual Bowling Tournament
February 26, 2018

Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia held their 29th Annual Bowling Tournament on Sunday, February 25th at Erie Lanes in Philadelphia. Over 125 athletes brought their A-Game to Erie Lanes with hopes to advance to the 2018 Eastern Bowling Sectional on Sunday, March 25th in Allentown, PA. Opening Ceremonies kicked off the event with athlete, Lisa Barbour acting […]

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2018 Winter Dance

La Salle University hosted the 2018 Winter Dance for Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia athletes and their families on Saturday, February 24th. As athletes and their families walked into the winter dance, they were transported into a winter wonderland with winter decorations, festive music, and the smell of delicious refreshments filled the air. Athletes and […]

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New Partnership with YMCAs
February 1, 2018

Special Olympics PA (SOPA)  announced a new partnership with YMCAs across the Philadelphia region; Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, YMCA of Greater Brandywine and the YMCA of York and York County. Both organizations have the shared mission to work towards improving the quality of life and well-being for the community. Through this partnership, Special Olympics local programs will be able […]

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