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


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.


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.


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




If you haven't already heard, Bowling is set to begin this Friday, Nov-27, at Fritz Lanes in Lehighton from 6-8pm, OR, on Sunday, Nov-29, at Haja Lanes in Palmerton from 1-3pm.  Note that we are scheduling an earlier time slot at Haja's this year...1-3pm.

THANKS to ALL who made our Bocce and Powerlifting seasons a success!


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!...


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            Special Olympic ATHLETES ARE CHAMPIONS!