Jim Thorpe Memorial 10K Run/ Team Relay 2014 Race Form


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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.




Next Training will be Saturday, April 26, from 12:30 to 2:30pm.  Additional 4x100M Relay training will follow.

We will also review the day's schedule for the Eastern Spring Sectionals Competition at Kutztown University (May 3rd), AND your commitment  and eligibility to attend Summer Games in June.

There will be NO LOCALTraining on Saturday, May 3rd, as most of our program will be at Kutztown-U.     





 Did you know that Katy Perry's ROAR was selcted as our Inspiration and Training song. The song was written about the challenges, setbacks, and struggles one needs to overcome to be a CHAMPION.  We have designed T-shirts and they are available for $10 (add $1 for each size over XL).



(And George and Maureen)

George Bird, after weeks of practice and training with Maureen Foster, gave a fantastic speech to the Slatington Lions Club on "More Alike Than Different" and they very generously donated $1000. I don't think it's a coincidence that the year our theme song is Roar, we receive a donation from the Lions!!!  



Question: How are we like the United States Postal Service?

Answer: Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor dark of night shall keep our Athletes from the swift preparation and training for advanced competitions.

Thanks for staying focused and training hard while we struggle with the weather to get outside.






Congratulations to ALL who were selected to represent TEAM PENNSYLVANIA at the 2014 NATIONAL GAMES in New Jersey!
            Track & Field; Delina Rodrigues, Katie Grohotolski, Daniel Kurtz, Ryan Lee, Amy Williamson, and Daniel Klein.
            Bocce; Shane Ahner