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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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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.




 *URGENT MESSEGE*  Track & Field Coaches and Volunteers, We are seeking help in managing this year's Track & Field season. 
We are finding that a lot of us are experiencing family and personal commitments that will not allow us to be at every Training, or at every competition.  As you know Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) requires all Coaches/Volunteers to be registered.  They require a ratio of 1 registered Coach or Volunteer to every 4 Athletes participating at a Training or Competition.  It is also required that to attend the Advanced Competitions (Sectionals and State Games) each program needs to have a Certified Coach serving as the Head Coach and a Head of Delegation (HOD) which can be any registered Volunteer.  Our Trainings must meet an 8 week (minimum) for the Athletes.  Additional weeks are built into our season schedule to cover missed attendances and weather cancellations.  We now need to include the possibility of cancellations due to a lack of Coaches/Volunteers to cover the Trainings.  Already, we are in search of someone (or a group of you) to step up to cover the first training on Feb 17.  This will primarily be some announcements, streching, and conditioning.
We have a Coaches Training scheduled to re-certify those Coaches that require re-certification (I think we ALL do) but we can also use it to provide Cetification to those that are not at this point.  PLEASE consider attending this on February 10 at LB Morris Gymnasium.  I think we are set to begin at 12:00.  Thanks.  We all look forward to helping our Athletes shine, again!



2017/18 Bowling is in full swing...Friday nights at Fritz Lanes in Lehighton, and Sunday afternoons at Haja Lanes in Palmerton.  Contact Coach Chris Anthony for more information.

Track & Field is tentatively scheduled to begin for Athletes on Saturday, February 17, at LB Morris Elementary in Jim Thorpe, from 1-3pm.  This time may be adjusted for future trainings to 12:30pm so stay tuned in here and on FB.



2018 National Games Announced!
Refer to this link for more info and deadlines...


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!