Continuing with tradition, hundreds of athletes, coaches, families, and friends representing all corners of Pennsylvania participate in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s third-largest state-wide event, the Winter Games. During the course of the event, more than 350 athletes and 170 coaches participate in three days of exciting winter sports – competing in alpine and cross-country skiing, figure and speed skating, snowshoeing and individual skills events. Weeks of hard work and dedication in training is rewarded as athletes are cheered on and supported during competition by more than 1,500 enthusiastic 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.
Winter Games will be held from February 7 - 9, 2016.
2015 Winter Games Recap
More than 350 athletes and 175 coaches travelled to the 2015 Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Winter Games, presented by Lee Initiatives, Inc., held in Seven Springs and Johnstown, PA from February 8th - 10th. This statewide competition, taking place at Seven Springs Mountain Resort as well as the Cambria County War Memorial Arena and Planet Ice in Johnstown, featured competition in alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and figure and speed skating.
The 38th annual Pennsylvania Special Olympics Winter Games were kicked off Sunday night at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The Flame of Hope arrived in a very unique style on Sunday night. The Flame was carried down the slopes by athletes and law enforcement on skis. Officer Pam Deguffroy from the Pittsburgh Police Department along with Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes Tim Spence from Butler County, Bobby Fox from Westmoreland County, and Alex Reder from Allegheny County, brought the torch down the slopes to Marc Suman from Westmoreland County who, along with a host of additional law enforcement including Trooper David McGarvey of Holidaysburg and Assistant Chief Scott Shubert of the Pittsburgh city police, lit the cauldron. Homepage Photo Credit: Evan Sanders/Trib Total Media
Photo Credit: Staff photos by Amber Rosado/Daily American
More than 1,000 volunteers from the community, corporations, schools and universities participated in this event, serving in numerous capacities including officials, athlete escorts, award presenters, and administrative support services. Volunteers from across the state were welcomed and spectators visited competition venues to cheer on the athletes.
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The Tribune Democrat (Official Media Partner)
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Special Olympics: 'Happy and excited' athletes earn medals at Seven Springs
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Special Olympics: 'Nothing but happiness' at figure-skating venue
2015 Special Olympics Open at Seven Springs
2015 Special Olympics Winter Games Schedule of Events
Special Olympics underway at Seven Springs
Special Olympics Opens at Seven Springs
Performance by the Seven Springs Ski Instructors (Opening Ceremonies)
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Weather alters Special Olympics slate; Games conclude Tuesday
Special Olympics state event gets centralized home at Seven Springs
Butler County skiers ready for Special Olympics
More than 350 Special Olympians to hit slopes Feb. 8-10
The Patriot News
Area M Special Olympians Compete in Statewide Winter Games
Lehigh Valley Live
Local skiiers medal at Special Olympics Pennsylvania Winter State Games
Special Olympics Winter Game Set To Begin
2015 Winter Games Sponsors