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The NFL and Special Olympics hosted a football skills and drills NFL Draft Clinic followed by a Special Olympics Unified Flag Football game featuring Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes on Friday, April 28th from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Retired Philadelphia Eagles players led... More
On Friday, April 28, 2017, Special Olympics athletes from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida and North Carolina attended the Penn Relays, the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States held in Philadelphia! Athletes competed in a Special Olympics 100m... More
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The Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run, presented by the Sheetz family, returned to Penn State University on Blue White Weekend for an eighth consecutive year. More than 3,000 runners and walkers of all ages and abilities participated in a 5K run or 2 mile family fun walk on... More
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UNified play. UNconventional Fun. UNforgettable Experience Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) hosted Pittsburgh’s first UNcathlon on Sunday, April 9th at Schenley Park. The UNcathlon offered 11 events, one more than the traditional 10 found in a decathlon, and featured... More
Congratulations to our Special Olympics USA delegation who competed in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games from March 14 - 25 . Each one of our athletes came home with a medal! Special Olympics Pennsylvania sent 6 athletes and one coach to compete alongside Special... More
Students with and without intellectual disabilities participated in the Interscholastic Unified Bocce State Championships prior to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Boy’s and Girl’s state basketball championships on Friday, March 24, 2017.... More
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More than 50 athletes joined hundreds of friends, family members and coaches for the annual SOPA Day at the 76ers on Sunday, March 19th. The athletes participated in a basketball clinic on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center prior to the Sixers vs. Celtics match up that... More
Governor Tom Wolf and Other Leaders Joined Special Olympics PA Athletes for a Reception & Bocce Competitions Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) hosted the first ever Unified Government Sports Challenge in the East Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA... More

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The 2017 Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Leadership Conference will be held on Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College. 

The Conference is the one occasion each year when all of our key leaders – Board, staff, and volunteers – can gather together to network, share ideas, and learn from each other as we all strive to do more and better for our athletes.  It is important to take advantage of this unique opportunity to collaborate that our staff team works for months developing the agenda, reviewing and incorporating local Program feedback from prior years, and preparing for sessions to ensure the weekend is beneficial for everyone. 

We are looking forward to SOPA department Q&A meetings, updates on athlete initiatives, gatherings on goal setting, information on both volunteer and athlete recruitment, and of course networking and socializing with other programs. SOPA has also developed specific athlete sessions at the Leadership Conference for athletes to attend, so please include them within your planning. Lastly, our Athlete Leadership University Graduation Ceremony, Hall of Fame Celebration, and Leadership Awards will all be held during the Banquet. We hope that you will find this weekend to be both beneficial on a personal and professional level, and are looking forward to seeing all of our programs in attendance.

To help support local Program participation in the Conference, we are again offering one free (double occupancy) registration package to every local Program.  This can be used by the Program Manager or someone that he/she designates to represent their Program. 

We are making some changes to the registration process this year to address some of the issues and concerns raised in prior years and make it better and more efficient for everyone.   One of the key changes will be that Programs will be making hotel reservations directly with the Penn Stater this year

We are asking that either the manager call in room needs for the whole team or that one designated person makes reservations for the team.  Full Conference Rates: Double - $165.00 / Single $225. Please contact your program manager if you are interested in attending the Leadership Conference.

Once we receive notification of your hotel reservations from The Penn Stater Hotel, we will send you conference session & meal registration information for your attendees. Hotel Registration for the SOPA Leadership Conference is open from now -July 19th.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you & have a great summer!

Carolyn Kushner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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