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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
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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
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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
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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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On Friday, March 10, 2017, members of our PA Unified Youth Committee presented on social inclusion during the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Annual Conference at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA. The Committee and Special Olympics PA’s... More
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On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Villanova University Men’s Basketball hosted the first ever Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Night at Nova Hoops. The evening was highlighted by a halftime Unified Sports exhibition game featuring Villanova students and members of the... More
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More than 500 plungers participated in the fifth annual Lehigh Valley Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Scott Park in Easton, PA. The event, thanks to our plungers and generous sponsors, raised more than $95,000! PhotoCredit: Sue Beyer for... More
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Special Olympics athletes, leaders, and family members converged on Capitol Hill for Special Olympics’ 15th annual “Capitol Hill Day” on February 15, 2017. Throughout the day, Special Olympics athletes from across the nation held more than 250 face-to-face meetings with their... 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:

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IMPROVE ATHLETE PERFORMANCE:

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BUILD CAPACITY:

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