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 We are pleased to announce that Special Olympics Pennsylvania will be returning to The Penn Stater for the 2018 Leadership Conference. The conference will take place from August 25th – 26th.

2018 Leadership Awards

Below are all of the applications for the 2018 Annual Volunteer Leadership Awards for Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA). These awards are handed out at Leadership Conference during the Saturday night banquet. Please distribute these forms to your program.  All programs should take the time to look at the people who have helped it work towards the goals and mission of SOPA. Taking time to fill out nomination forms is the first step in showing all volunteers how valued they are to our movement.

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Please return all applications as the following: Award Name_Program Name_Applicant Name_Year

(For example) Coach of the year_Bucks_Smith_2018

SOPA will be awarding the following awards during the 2018 Leadership Banquet: 

Please note the following instructions:

  1. Awards are based on the previous program year.
  2. Only one nominee per category per program.  Do not submit multiple nominations for each award category.
  3. Type in Black Ink only.
  4. You may not submit a nomination in a category where your program had a winner last year.
  5. Paid Managers should not submit nominations.  While they may provide input into the nomination process, in the interest of fairness, we request that they do not complete or submit the nomination forms. 
  6. Limit responses to the space provided.
  7. Only provide supporting documentation when specifically requested.  No videos/letters of support will be accepted.
  8. Faxes/handwritten submissions will NOT be accepted.

All nominations must be e-mailed by June 4, 2018.   Those received after that date will not be considered.  All Program Nominations should be collected (except Manager of the Year) and sent in one e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Check Out Leadership Session Materials From Previous Conferences:

2017 Leadership Conference Session Materials

2016 Leadership Conference Session Materials


2017 Leadership Conference Session Materials:







2016 Leadership Conference Session Materials: