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2016 Plunge - PHL17
The eighth annual Eastern Polar Bear Plunge benefitting Special Olympics Pennsylvania took place on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, PA. This year’s celebrity plungers included WMMR’s Steve Morrison, from the Preston and Steve show, as well as... More
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Due to date conflicts with several parties, Special Olympics PA will no longer be hosting the 2016 Softball National Invitational Tournament (NIT). It will be hosted by Special Olympics VA, which is still a drivable trip. Since we were set to host and moving the event was out... More
Area M - Speed Skaters
Two speed skating athletes, Tim McConnell and Dan Weatherwalk, and Coach Amanda Kateluzos from Special Olympics PA’s Area M program participated in the Special Olympics 2017 World Winter Pre-Games in Austria from January 10 – 15, 2016. The Pre-Games served as an opportunity... More
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More than 400 people participated in the 11th annual Capital Area Polar Plunge at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Wellsville, PA on January 16, 2016. This year’s event raised more than 75,000 to benefit local Special Olympics PA’s Area M program. Photo Credit: James... More
Beaver County Plunge 2016
The fourth annual Beaver County Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Beaver County athletes and Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) was held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Bridgewater Landings Marina in Beaver, PA. Local Law Enforcement members played a big part in this year’s... More
Pittsburgh Plunge 2015
The 2015 Pittsburgh Polar Plunge weekend benefitting Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) took place on December 11 – 12, 2015, raising more than $375,000. The two-day event featured a Friday Night Splash Party followed by a dip in the Allegheny River on Saturday morning.... More
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Elena Delle Donne, professional basketball player with the WNBA Chicago Sky and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year, hosted a Girls Basketball Camp for ages 9 – 18 on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Cardinal O'Hara High School, located in Springfield, PA. The focus of these camps is to... More
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The first annual Philadelphia Polar Plunge took place on Friday, December 4, 2015 outside of Drexel University’s Fitness Plaza in Center City Philadelphia. A total of four plunges were held on this day including a Cool Schools Plunge, for high schools participating in Special... More
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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


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: