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.
Baer Memorial Park- behind the Lehighton pool
Mary at 484-629-0317
Dawn at 610-573-9180
Are you interested n coaching Bocce?
If so, training will be provided. Any volunteers are welcome to attend if they are interested in coaching bocce . . .
Saturday, August 2 – Bocce Skills (Carbon County)
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
AUGUST 10, 2014
SOPA PICNIC at
Mauch Chunk Lake
Athletes, families, and friends...
Please join us for a day of
The Picnic will be at Ginder Vermillion Pavilion at Mauch Chunk Lake. There will be an article in the July newsletter asking for donations for food for the picnic. If you are niterested in donating something for the picnic, families with last names beginning with A-L will bring a salad, covered dish, etc. and M-Z will bring a dessert. We need volunteers to set up, clean up, and cook at the picnic. Contact Alison Karnish for more information.
And while you're marking that calendar, you can add the follwoing dates:
Fall Sectional – Sun, Oct 5th - East Stroudsburg University
· Fall Fest (State) – Fri-Sun, Nov 7-9th – Villanova University
· Eastern Bowling Sectional – Sun, March 29th – Allentown, PA
· Spring Sectional – Sat, May 2nd - Kutztown University
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.