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The first-ever annual Erie Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) was held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Presque Isle State Park – Beach #7 in Erie. Mike Ruzzi from WICU-TV 12 and Joe Lang from Bob FM served as plunge co-emcees for the event.... More
Caring Santa Social Share
“Caring Santa” is once again coming to malls nationwide on Nov. 22 and Dec. 6. Children with special needs and their families can participate in the time-honored tradition of taking a photo with Santa, but in private sensory-friendly setting before the mall opens to the... More
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Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s (SOPA) Fall Festival returned to Villanova University for the 27th consecutive year from November 6-8, 2015 and welcomed approximately 1,600 coaches, athletes and Unified Partners representing 39 Pennsylvania local Programs. Participants... More
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Bucks County made Special Olympics Pennsylvania history on Saturday, October 24, 2015 by holding the first Flag Football scrimmage in the county, and certainly one of the first in the state. Head Coach Harry Schmidtt of Quakertown hosted Coach Rob Caywood and the Brave Bucks... More
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During a ceremony on the field at PNC Park, Citiparks BIG League Sports recently presented a check to Special Olympics PA representatives. With the support of Pittsburgh Police, BIG League Sports volunteers collected $2,655.15 in donations at the gate during this summer's... More
Tip A Cop 2015
The Red Robin “Tip-A-Cop” is an official Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign fundraising event. Law enforcement officers and department personnel volunteer their time as “Celebrity Waiters” to collect tips at Red Robin Restaurants to support Special Olympics Pennsylvania. On... More
Female Athlete of the Year Award 2015
Special Olympics Pennsylvania's (SOPA) 2015 Leadership Conference, which is designed to provide ongoing training and recognition for Special Olympics athletes and volunteers, was held from September 12-13 at the Hilton Harrisburg in Harrisburg, PA. Each year during a... More
USTA Tournament
On Saturday, August 8, 2015, twenty-four athletes from Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties competed in the first U.S. Tennis Association Special Olympics Pennsylvania Tournament at Hempfield Area Recreation Center in Landisville, PA. In a collaboration between Tennis... More
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On Saturday, August 1, 2015, members of our Interscholastic Unified Sports soccer team played against a New Jersey team of players from Rowan University’s Special Olympics College unified group at PPL Park prior to the Philadelphia Union game vs. New York Red Bulls. Students... More
Special Olympics Pennsylvania is seeking candidate for a few open positions: Manager of Local Program Accounting Allegheny County Sports Director *Organizational Description Manager of Local Program Accounting Position Description This position reports to the Vice President... More


2015 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Leadership Conference 

Leadership ImageSpecial Olympics Pennsylvania's (SOPA) held its 2015 Leadership Conference from September 12 – 13 at the Hilton Harrisburg in Harrisburg, PA. The Conference, designed to provide ongoing training and recognition for Special Olympics athletes and volunteers, offered several sessions. Below are many of the PowerPoint presentations and handouts shared with Conference attendees.


Athlete Leadership:




Marketing & Communications:

Sports /Competition:

VSys 101 / Live: