Philadelphia spring games

Philadelphia Spring Games started in 1977 and is the biggest competition event Special Olympics PA, Philadelphia holds! The day starts with the Law Enforcement Torch Run kicking off at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, PA. Local police officers then run the Flame of Hope 3.1 miles to William Penn Charter for the Opening Ceremonies. After the lighting of the cauldron, the Games officially begin! Three hundred athletes from around Philadelphia and surrounding counties compete in Athletics (Track & Field), Basketball, and Tennis. In addition to the competition, there is also a Young Athletes demonstration where our young athletes, ages 2 -7, show off what they have been learning in the program. When athletes aren’t competing, they can head to Olympic Village where they can partake in some fun activities! Lunch is provided to our athletes, coaches, and volunteers. Concessions are available for purchase, as well as some Special Olympics PA gear and Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia gear!  We encourage you to experience Philadelphia Spring Games with us!

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42nd Annual Spring Games Details

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Location: William Penn Charter School (3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144)


  • 7:00 am: Volunteer Registration
  • 7:45 am: Athlete Registration
  • 9:00 am: Opening Ceremonies
  • 10:00 am Competition Begins
    • 10:00 am – 2:30 pm: Athletics (Individual and Relay Events)
    • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Basketball
    • 10:00 am: Tennis (Individual Skills, Singles, Doubles)
    • 10:30 am – 11:00 am: VIP Unified Bocce Experience
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Young Athletes Open Play & Showcase
    • 11:00 am: Open Play
    • 11:30 am: Obstacle Course Showcase
  • 10:30 am – 2:00 pm: Olympic Village featuring entertainment and activities

*After competition is complete, athletes will be awarded medals and ribbons based upon the order of finish.


Special Guests

Bernard Hopkins  

Professional Boxer


Sports Anchor, Comcast SportsNet

Charles W. Horton Jr Headshot

Councilman At-Large


Executive Director and Accessibility Compliance Specialist



Thank you to our 41st Annual Spring Games Sponsors!

                       PECO Logo 


Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Logo     


Brandywine Realty Trust LogoThe Gish Rockford Family


Past Philadelphia Spring Games Photos


Questions about the Philadelphia Spring Games can be directed to Michell Cordell at or 215-671-5021.