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Special Olympics is the world's largest program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities: it currently serves more than 2.5 million persons with intellectual disabilities in more than 180 countries.

 

Special Olympics is based on the belief that through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually; families are strengthened; and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect, and acceptance.

Athlete Registration Form

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Mission

Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA), a chapter of Special Olympics Inc., provides year-round athletic training and athletic competition in Olympic-type sports for indi viduals with intellectual disabilities and provides them with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness skills, express courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their famili es, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. SOPA Carbon County currently offers bowling, floor hockey, and track and field.

Volunteers

Volunteers of all age s serve as coaches, escorts, organizers, fund-raisers, entertainers, or sports officials. Volunteers are always needed!

Competitions

SOPA competitions are offered year- round in 56 local programs across Pennsylvania. SOPA conducts four statewide competitions: Winter Games, The State Floor Hockey Tournament, Summer Games, and Fall Festival Games.

Benefits

A 1995 study by Yale University confirmed that participating in Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of people with intellectual disabilities. Through successful experien ces in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image that carries over into the classroom, the home, the job, and the community.

Funding

SOPA is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that raises the funds through the generosity of individuals, companies, and foundations.

 

 

****CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS****

 PLEASE refer to our FaceBook page for future announcements.

MAY 19, TRACK & FIELD COMPETITION WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT...
In the event of rain significant enough to move our competition indoors on Saturday, we will utilize the High School Gymnasium and follow our same current schedule.
The Jim Thorpers Bike Team and the Torch Run, as well as our VIPs from the Mausoleum will enter the main entrance through the lobby and into the Gymnasium. We will have someone at the HS Entrance to direct you.
If we can get a good start outdoors in the Stadium we will go with that, possibly moving the rest of th...e competition indoors when necessary.
I am excited that the ROTC Color Guard will be with us to present the Flag for our Opening Ceremony. WE WILL HAVE A SPECIAL OLYMPIC FLAME OF HOPE to light up our event!!!
Although possibly not perfect, we have a rain plan that will serve our Athletes in doing what they do best...COMPETE and HAVE FUN!!!
Thanks to ALL for helping us!

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MAKE SURE YOUR ATHLETE MEDICALS / APPLICATIONS ARE ALWAYS UP TO DATE AND READY FOR YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR NEXT SPORT.

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2018 National Games Announced!
Refer to this link for more info and deadlines... https://promail.ptd.net/service/home/~/?auth=co&loc=en_US&id=170971&part=4

THANK YOU BRANDYWINE TRANSPORTATION!

Again, many, MANY, THANKS to Walt Schlenner and Bob Jasniewicz, from BRANDYWINE TRANSPORTATION in Carbon County, for dedicating their services to our program and making our competitions possible by providing us transportation this Fall.  These people are AWESOME!  THANK YOU!...

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 Did you know that Katy Perry's ROAR was selcted as our Inspiration and 2014 Training song. The song was written about overcoming challenges and struggles to become a
CHAMPION.

            Special Olympic ATHLETES ARE CHAMPIONS! 

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