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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.

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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.



*Special Announcement below about POWER-LIFTING Training...


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Power Lifting Training began July 18th from 1-3pm at Dedicated fitness in Palmerton.  Athletes can participate in both Power Lifting AND Bocce, but one of these sports must be designated as your Fall Sport.  Your designated choice will be the sport that you will be eligible to advance to higher competitions.


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Brandywine Transportation Carbon County THANKS
Athlete Rep...MATT ANTHONY

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Walt Schlenner, from Brandywine Transportation Carbon, has announced that our Athlete's Transportation to Kutztown University for Eastern Spring Sectionals and the shuttle between the Jim Thorpe Stadium and the Mausoleum during our annual Track & Field competition in May has been generously provided, again, through BRANDYWINE-CARBON and Bob Jasniewicz (Driver).  These people are committed to serving others and we cannot thank them enough!  THANK YOU!






 Did you know that Katy Perry's ROAR was selcted as our Inspiration and 2014 Training song. The song was written about challenges, setbacks, and struggles to overcome to be a

            Special Olympic ATHLETES ARE CHAMPIONS!