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 a ribbon routine. Women’s Artistic Gymnastics events include bars, beam, floor, and vault. Men’s Artistic Gymnastics includes floor, vault, high bar, rings, parallel bar, and pommel horse.  It was an exciting day of competition that started with an Opening Ceremony. After the Parade of Athlete, Philadelphia County athlete, Megan Murphy, sang the national anthem, Matthew Aaron, President and CEO of Special Olympics PA, and Umme Salim-Beasley, Temple University Women’s Gymnastics head coach offered words of wisdom and wished the athletes luck in this first annual meet. Prior to the official opening of competition, Hanna Gremo, Montgomery County athlete and USA Games team member,  carried in the Flame of Hope. NCAA Athletes from Temple University’s Women’s and Men’s gymnastics program served as volunteers and judges and were enthusiastic supporters of the over 60 Special Olympics athletes who participated. Congratulations to all athletes! 


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Level C

23 & Under

  1. Kylie Diaz (Bethlehem)

24 – 29

  1. Nina Garcia (Montgomery)
  2. Mary Nolan (Montgomery)
  3. Helen Spiewak (Montgomery)

30 +

  1. Kim Frain (Bethlehem)
  2. Heather Gold (Bethlehem)
  3. Jaclyn Bothwell (Montgomery)
Level 1
  1. Kathleen Dezubay (Bethlehem)
  2. Amanda Reiss (Bethlehem)
  3. Dedra Sobol (Bethlehem)
Level 2
  1. Brittany Thayer (Bethlehem)


Men’s Artistic 
Level 1

9 & Under

  1. Daniel Eichberg (Montgomery) 
  2. Sai Vellapalem
  3. Elijah Millington (Bethlehem) 


  1. Chase Rummel (Lebanon)
  2. Ben Greenwood (Montgomery)


  1. Jeremy DeBrest (Philadelphia)
  2. David Norris (Philadelphia)


  1. Shawn Moton (Philadelphia)
  2. Michael Paulinski (Montgomery)
  3. Ryan Taylor (Montgomery)
  4. Brian Smith (Bethlehem)
Level 2

14 & Under

  1. Anthony Skirzenski (Lebanon)
  2. Luke Jones (Philadelphia)
  3. Aaron Arnold (Montgomery)

15 +

  1. Joseph Polizzi (Montgomery)
Level 3
  1. Christian White (Montgomery)


Women’s Artistic
Level 1

13 & Under

  1. Kyrie Troche (Bethlehem)
  2. Vanessa Bonowitz (Montgomery)
  3. Sarah Drinen  (Philadelphia) 

14 – 15

  1. Amerie Aldridge (Montgomery)
  2. Sara Mills (Montgomery)
  3. Gigi Accooe  (Philadelphia)
  4. Jasmin Marin (Philadelphia) 
Level 2

18 & Under

  1. Hanna Gremo* (Montgomery)
  2. Abigail Woodling (Montgomery)
  3. Amber Sobiesiak (Lebanon)


  1. Zarrah Vitale (Bethlehem)
  2. Danielle Ditzler (Lebanon)
  3. Aubrey Tillman  (Philadelphia) 
Level 3
  1. Megan Murphy  (Philadelphia)
  2. Danielle Dixon (Bethlehem)
  3. Shannon Delmar (Montgomery)
  4. Kara Devlin (Montgomery)


*USA Games Athlete


On Saturday, April 2nd 2016, The Hatboro YMCA and Special Olympics Pennsylvania Montgomery County hosted a gymnastics competition. Teams from Lebanon, Bethlehem and Area M joined Philadelphia and host program Montgomery to compete for the gold. Philadelphia had 5 athletes compete at this tournament who joined another 95 athletes in this day-long competition.

On the women’s side, we had Jasmin and Megan representing Philadelphia. Jasmin made Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Philadelphia history by being our first rhythmic gymnastic competitor! At the tournament, Jasmin competed in Ball, Ribbon, Rope, and Hoop and after all four events – won her age group! Megan competed in Floor, Valut, Beam, and Uneven Bars. At this tournament, Megan debuted a new floor routine set to music from the Broadway play “Chicago” and took home the gold in her age group! Congratulations, ladies! 

Our three male athletes, Luke, Shawn and Trevor competed in all six events that are available in men’s gymnastics – Parallel Bars (also known as P-Bars), High Bar, Rings, Floor, Vault, and the Pommel Horse. This was the first time both Shawn and Trevor competed in all six events! What made the day even better for both Shawn and Trevor, is they both won their age group! Luke showed growth in his performance and came in second in his age group. Congratulations to all of our male athletes! 

Our gymnastic team’s next meet is on Sunday, April 24th in Allentown, PA. Best of luck to our athletes! 


Spring Games Torch

The sun, along with hundreds of athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans, came out on Saturday to participate in the 2014 Philadelphia Spring Games! 2014 Spring Games: A Winning Event, was a beautiful day filled with laughter, joy and competition as athletes from around Pennsylvania came together to compete in their respective sports. Putting their hard work, training and dedication to the test, athletes competed for the added glory of winning a Special Olympics medal.

The Opening Ceremonies saw athletes joined by coaches and volunteers parade across the grandstands as spectators cheered them on. Law Enforcement was also out in full force supporting our great cause as they completed the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run into the Games carrying the Flame of Hope, which led to the 2014 Spring Games being declared open by Global Messenger, Lisa Barbour.

Competitions in basketball, tennis, track and field and gymnastics kept our athletes busy and the spectators in awe throughout the day. A unique feature of this year’s Games was the Unified Basketball game that saw Special Olympic athletes joined by guest players from the University of Pennsylvania football team, as well as Dr. Arthur Evans and his deputy commissioner, Mr. David Jones. This wonderful group played in a friendly, yet fast-paced and exciting game of basketball to help kick off the Games! This Unified Basketball game was a perfect example of how sport can provide joy to everyone, together.

The day was absolutely marvelous and Philadelphia could not have asked for a better event! We would like to thank all of the athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans for participating in the day’s festivities and events, and for making it such an incredible day to remember! We look forward to an even bigger and better Games next Spring and wish everyone the best of luck in their competitions in the meantime!