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.
This event requires volunteers from around the state to serve as officials, athlete escorts, award presenters, and in various other ways.
Spectators are welcome to visit any of the competition venues and cheer on the athletes.
The 2014 Summer Games took place from June 5 - 7, 2014.
This year marked our 45th Anniversary!
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Special Olympics PA – Centre County athletes, Trevor Chester and Greg Focht, were among more than 100 Summer Games athletes and coaches recognized for being part of the team to represent Pennsylvania at the Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey from June 14 - 21. ABBY DREY — Centre Daily Times photo
Nicole Ramer from Armstrong/Indiana Program Wins Sheetz Award
Athlete Nicole Ramer from Armstrong/Indiana is presented the Sheetz award during the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games closing ceremony by Adam Sheetz from Sheetz, Inc.
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.
Being involved in Special Olympics has improved Nicole Ramer’s self confidence and willingness to speak in front of others. At every competition, she writes a speech of encouragement and delivers it to all of her fellow athletes.
Nicole has a very positive attitude and an infectious smile that makes others smile right back at her. She is the first to comfort a fellow athlete that feels they have not done well, and celebrate their accomplishments – whether they receive a ribbon or a medal. In addition, she loves to help out when her local program has fundraisers -- and in any other way that she can.
Nicole always attends practice and, in addition to doing her own training, will assist her Coach in training other athletes. She encourages others to become an athlete so they can join in on the fun, and is a great asset to her athletics team and county program. Nicole strives to come to Summer Games every year and sets annual personal goals to beat.
**Top Image: Greg Fredericks high fives Special Olympic athletes from across the State as they head to the Special Olympics Pennsylvania 45th Annual Summer Games opening ceremonies on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. This year’s summer games theme was High Five for 45. ABBY DREY — Centre Daily Times photo**
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