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SOPA SRU Award
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) held its first annual Western Pennsylvania Unified Youth Summit on November 15th, during which it recognized Slippery Rock University as a “Unified Sports Center of Excellence.” Slippery Rock University graduate students from the Adapted... More
erie plunge
Thank you to the more than 600 plungers that participated in the second annual Erie Polar Bear Plunge benefitting Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA that raised more than $75,000! This year’s guest emcee... More
Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s (SOPA) Fall Festival returned to Villanova University for the 28th consecutive year, November 4-6, 2016, and welcomed approximately 1,200 coaches, athletes and Unified Partners representing 39 Pennsylvania local Programs. Participants competed... More
The newly expanded Unified Fall Festival Torch Run for Special Olympics PA (SOPA), a segmented Marathon distance, non-competitive run (approx 26 miles in total), took place on Friday, Nov. 4th. The Unified Fall Festival Torch Run was led by members of the Philadelphia Police... More
Bucks Flag Football
The Bucks County Believers hosted their 2nd Annual Flag Football Invitational on Saturday, Oct 29th at Neil Armstrong Middle School in Fairless Hills, PA. Teams from Bucks, Delaware and Monroe Counties came to compete, make new friends, and earn medals. Members from the local... More
Villanova Unified3
Special Olympics Unified Sports® creates an opportunity for people without intellectual disabilities to join in the sports experience by playing on a team with athletes with intellectual disabilities. Not only do the players all have fun, but attitude change and... More
AllState Crop
Allstate Insurance partnered with Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) to support its athletes during the Western Fall Sectional held on Sunday at Slippery Rock University. To celebrate this partnership, Allstate presented SOPA with a $5,000 donation to develop programming... More
Female Athlete of the Year
Special Olympics Pennsylvania's (SOPA) 2016 Leadership Conference, which is designed to provide ongoing training and recognition for Special Olympics athletes and volunteers, was held from September 10 -11 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, PA.... More
Tariq and Justin
MLS WORKS and ESPN hosted a Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star soccer match on Tuesday, July 26th for the third consecutive year featuring Special Olympics All-Stars representing 18 MLS clubs from the U.S. and Canada. Among the participants were Special Olympics... More

 2016 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

Leadership TextSpecial Olympics Pennsylvania's (SOPA) held its 2016 Leadership Conference from September 10  – 11 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, 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.

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OPENING:

BUILD POSITIVE ATTITUDES:

Handouts:

IMPROVE ATHLETE PERFORMANCE:

Handouts:

BUILD CAPACITY:

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