On Sunday, October 14th, our athletes took a drive to DeSales University for the 2018 Eastern Fall Sectional. Athletes from Area P, Berks County, Bethlehem County, Bucks County, Carbon County, Chester County, Columbia/ Montour, Delaware County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Luzerne County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, Northumberland – Snyder Counties, Philadelphia County, Schuylkill County and the host county, Lehigh County, filled the football stadium in anticipation of a wonderful day of competition ahead. Every athlete had one thing on their mind, securing a spot at the fall state games – Fall Festival.

Opening Ceremonies kicked off with opening remarks from Dr. Berg and Chloe Phillips. Dr. Berg announced the theme for the day was Board Games in order to encourage everyone to take a chance and climb the ladder.   Next, the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard was welcomed to do the presentation of colors followed by the DeSales University Choir who beautifully sang the National Anthem. Eric Cushing, Vice President of Development for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, was introduced once the National Anthem ended in order to thank and do a Check Presentation with the Billy Frost Concert Committee. After this was completed, Dr. Berg took over again and welcomed Global Messenger, Ashley Bressler from Columbia/ Montour to speak about her experience with Special Olympics PA and how she enjoys competing. The DeSales University Dance Team then took over in a wonderful performance followed by Father Kevin who led everyone in prayer. Chloe and Dr. Berg took over again and led the coaches and athletes in their oaths. Once this was finished, the lighting of the Flame of Hope occurred, and was carried by athletes from Lehigh County, Officer Mettin and officers from the DeSales University Police Department as a symbol for officers around the world being guardians of the flame. The Flame of Hope is a symbol of Special Olympics and represents the determination of all athletes. Finally, Chloe declared the 2018 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Eastern Fall Sectional officially open.

Over 800 athletes were led by 350 coaches and over 400 volunteers in games where they went head to head with one another and showcased their athletic abilities. Athletes competed in Bocce (Doubles and Unified Sports Doubles), Long Distance Running/ Walking, Powerlifting, Soccer (11 v 11, Skills, 7 v 7, 5 v 5 Unified Sports) and Volleyball (Team and Individual Skills). This was the first year we have a Unified Team (Strykers) who made their competition debut at the Area M Fall Sports Classic. Once the games were completed, all of our Soccer teams, Volleyball Skills athletes and Bocce teams had secured a spot in the state event.

Congratulations to all those teams and athletes we can’t wait to see what you do at Fall Festival!

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Bocce Doubles
Kevin Karcher & Pam Galone 1st Place
Tracey McGarvey & John Kulpa 1st Place
Kirstyn Cantres & Christina DiVergilis 2nd Place

Head Coach Carol Canady and Assistant Coaches Michelle Angerman

Team Name
Philly Stars (5v5)
Allison Davidson, Danny Amrik, Jackie Lutts, Emmett Abdo, Lisa Barbour, Kristie Walls, Michael Weinberg, David Brent Williams Head Coach Charles Abdo, Assistant Coaches Ronald Atkins Sr,  3rd Place
Stykers (Unified 7v7)

Brian Oldakowski, Ryan Milanaik, Joseph Rynkiewicz, Matthew Grabowski, Ryan Bogan, Michael Luciani, Brian Stulz, Hailey Hurst, Angel Rodriguez, Jonathon Boback

Head Coach Gary Bixby, Assistant Coaches Samuel Fioravanti Sr,  1st Place
United (7v7)
Charles Zisette, Mitchel Stahl, Sam Fioravanti Jr, Danny Charlton, Carl Irvis, Jesse Rose, Jason Bixby, Ian Capacio, Michael Castillo, Justin Martinez, Hope Anderson Head Coach Walt Beckman, Assistant Coaches Karen Aviso, Jacqueline Bixby, Michelle Lebron 4th Place


Team Name
Special Stars
Derrick Jackson, Teddy Angerman, Ray Anderson, James Shelton, Stanley Dluzniewski, Kelly Dluzniewski, Allison Ruitzer, Carlyn Robinson, Sharon Quarles, Francis Bradshaw Head Coach Rosemary Duffy, Assistant Coach Andy Delworth, Jon Garvey 3rd Place


Volleyball Skills:
Cyla Bradshaw 1st Place
Marissa Williams 3rd Place

Head Coach Monica Bradshaw


Philly Champions Revealed at the Eastern Fall Sectional. What was suppose to be a rainy day, ended up being a beautiful day – perfect for the Eastern Fall Sectional. The Eastern Fall Sectional was held on October 4, 2015, at East Stroudsburg University. Conditions couldn’t have been any better for our Philadelphia athletes to compete in Soccer, Soccer Skills, Bocce and Unified Bocce. Other sports at the event included Long Distance Walking/Running and Volleyball. Our athletes have been training hard in their respective sports and it showed as they earned gold, silver, and bronze! Congratulations to all of our athletes who competed at the Eastern Fall Sectional and a huge thank you to all of our coaches who guide our athletes day in and day out and help our athletes achieve their goals!
Bocce – Doubles Teams
  • Teddy Angerman & John Kulpa – 3rd Place
  • Christina DiVergilis & Irwin Fox – 1st Place
  • Pamela Galone & Raymond Anderson – 2nd Place
  • Bryan Ziegler & William Celmer – 4th Place
  • Kevin Karcher & Kirstyn Cantres – 2nd Place

Coaches – Carole Angerman, Carole Canady and Michelle Angerman 

  • Lenny Lutts Sr. & Lenny Lutts Jr. – 1st Place

Coaches – Carole Angerman, Carole Canady and Michelle Angerman 

Soccer – Team Stars & Stripes – 5 a-side – 1st Place

Ronald Atkins, Lisa Barbour, Kristie Walls, Jackie Lutts, Edwin Ian Capacio, Allison Davidson, Michael Weinberg, Emmett Abdo, Eddie Glover, David Brent Williams

Coaches – Charles Abdo, David McCarty, Karen Aviso, Ronald Atkins

Soccer – Team Philly Phlash – 1st Place

Matthew Grabowski, Joseph Rynkiewicz, Ryan Bogan, Charles Zisette, Angel Rodriguez, Brian Stulz, Jesse Rose, Carl Irvis, Mitchel Stahl, Daniel Charlton , Matthew Beckman, 

Coaches – Walt Beckman, Stacy Plumbo, Linda Rose, Jon Garvey

Soccer Skills
  • Kayla Atkins
  • Lafayette Charleston 
  • Marlene Johnson
  • Nicholas Uhniat

Coach – Cynthia Charleston