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Summer Games 2016 will take place from June 2nd - 4th!

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games are held each year at Penn State University in State College.  The event brings together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state.  Our largest event of the year, Summer Games features three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis.  Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of our athletes, coaches and volunteers. 

Click here for our Summer Games Coaches Handbook

Click here for our Summer Games General Map and Tentative Event Schedule

View our Summer Games Press Release

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This event requires volunteers from around the state to serve as officials, athlete escorts, award presenters, and in various other ways.  Spectators are also welcome to visit any of the competition venues and serve as "Fans in the Stands" to cheer our athletes on.  If you are interested in volunteering for the Summer Games or would like to make a donation, please click on the below links.



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Summer Games 2015 took place from June 4th to June 6th.

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Check Out Our Media Coverage

Student-Athletes Volunteer at 46th Annual Special Olympics Summer Games

Centre Daily Times (Official Media Partner)

As games close, Special Olympics brings hope, camaraderie

Special Olympics Brings Celebration to Central PA

Sue Paterno Honored by Athletes as Special Olympics Flame Extinguished

Volunteers are the Heartbeat of Special Olympics Summer Games

Olympic Village Bustling in East Halls as Special Olympics Begin

Special Olympics Opening Ceremony Sets Penn State Ablaze With Joy

Police Officers Run 150+ Miles to Support Special Olympics Athletes - Pittsburgh's News Source

Volunteers help ensure Pennsylvania Special Olympics runs smoothly

McCandless twins capture gold at Special Olympics Summer Games

The Daily Collegian

Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games brings sense of community

WTAJ - TV (Official Media Partner)

Special Olympics Torch En Route to LA

Special Olympics Summer Games a Family Affair


Special Olympics Getting Underway in State College

Penn State News

46th annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games

The Bradford Era

McKean County wins 26 medals at PA Special Olympics

The Times Herald

Conshohocken’s Drinker swims to four gold medals at Special Olympics

The Reporter

Montgomery Knights win gold at Special Olympics PA Summer Games

Times Online

Beaver County's Special Olympians compete in Summer Games

Sheetz Family Award Recipient, Zachary Hicks from Area M!

Sheetz Award Winner

Pictured abovefrom left to right: Jim Wenner,SOPA Board member and VP of Information Technology for Sheetz, and award recipient Zachary Hicks from Area M.

The Sheetz Family Award of Excellence recognizes the athlete whose determination and effort can only be understood by the power of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and inspire greatness. The award distinguishes the athlete who may not win, but whose courage, sportsmanship, effort and determination is award winning. This year’s recipient is Zachary Hicks from Area M.

Zachary has been participating in Special Olympics since 1998. While his summer games sport this year is golf, he has also participated in the sports of basketball, soccer, bowling, bocce… and track and field and bowling within his community.

He is particularly adept at golf, having quickly graduated through the various skill levels to level IV, where he plays independently for nine holes. Zachary continually improves his game from year to year by attending all of his scheduled training sessions, playing as often as possible, and participating in tournaments.

In addition to his outstanding performance at summer games, Zachary has done a great deal to promote Special Olympics throughout his community. As a member of his program’s leadership team and a trained global messenger, he has appeared on local TV and radio stations where he has explained how much Special Olympics means in his life. He has also set a personal goal of becoming a coach within his local program’s golf program.


2014 marked our 45th Anniversary!

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