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. To volunteer, contact Mike Ermer at1-800-233-5161 x 243 or
Winter Games will be held from February 7 - 9, 2016.
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Come out and support more than 500 athletes and coaches from throughout Pennsylvania as they compete in the 2016 Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Winter Games held in Seven Springs and Johnstown, PA from February 7-9th. This statewide competition, taking place at Seven Springs Mountain Resort as well as theCambria County War Memorial Arena and Planet Ice in Johnstown,will feature competition in alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and figure and speed skating.
Since Winter Games will be held on Super Bowl Sunday, cool activities are planned that will include a viewing party on a 22-foot screen. The Games will officially begin with Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, February 7 at 5:00 p.m. in Seven Springs Mountain Resort’s Festival Plaza. The anticipated Opening will feature an array of speakers and performances to motivate and entertain the athletes, and commence competition with the official lighting of the Olympic Torch.
Competition is slated to begin on Monday,February 8 and will offer a majority of competition at Seven Springs with the exception of figure skating (Cambria County War Memorial Arena) and speed skating (Planet Ice, Richland). Individual, relay, and team events will take place. Award and Closing Ceremonies are scheduled to take place at each venue from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on February 9th.
More than 1,000 volunteers fromthe community, corporations, schools and universities willparticipate in the event, serving in numerous capacities including officials, athlete escorts, award presenters, and administrative support services. Volunteers from across the state are welcome and spectators are encouraged to visit any of the competition venues to cheer on the athletes. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Mike Ermer at1-800-233-5161 x 243or
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