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.
Summer Games 2016 will take place from June 2nd - 4th.
Summer Games 2015 took place from June 4th - 6th.
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Summer Games 2015 took place from June 4th to June 6th.
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. Photo by Michael Martin Garrett/StateCollege.com
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Sheetz Family Award Recipient, Zachary Hicks from Area M!
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.
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