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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!
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) recently issued protocols with respect to the COVID-19 virus that require the state-wide suspension of all in-person events and activities, regardless of size, through May 31, 2020. As a result, the Philadelphia Spring Games originally scheduled to take place at William Penn Charter School on April 25, 2020 will be suspended.
Due to recent developments tied to the global spread of COVID-19, Special Olympics International has advised Special Olympics Programs around the world to suspend all activities through the end of May, when the situation will be reevaluated. This decision was carefully made after consulting with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and after reviewing the latest guidance from the World Health Organization.
As SOPA navigates this constantly changing environment, it thanks Philadelphia County supporters for their patience and understanding as it strives to make the best possible decisions with the safety and well-being of its athletes, constituents and members of the general community at the forefront.
For more information about Special Olympics Philadelphia, please visit www.sopaphilly.org/.
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Questions about the Philadelphia Spring Games can be directed to Michell Cordell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-671-5021.