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.
TRACK & FIELD;
COMPETITION DATE; MAY 18th AT THE JTHS STADIUM
This year we are celebrating James Thorpe's 50th Anniversary into the Pro FOOTBALL Hall of Fame by hosting an NFL PUNT-PASS-KICK competition along with our Local Track & Field Competition. There will be 2 divisions; Special Olympic Athletes, and NON Special Olympic Athletes. Each division will send 5 winners through to the next level of the NFL-PPK games. This competition is FREE to Boys and Girls ages 6-15. ALL will compete in either the 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, or 14-15 year old age brackets. Check out the link below...
2013 Track & Field Competition (as of May, 2013)
May 18th, 2013 50th Anniversary of JT’s Induction into Football Hall of Fame
NFL Punt Pass Kick Event
8:30-9:30am Volunteers report to JTHS Stadium for assignments and setup.
9:30-10:00am Athlete Registration
10:00am Announce Bus-Shuttle to James Thorpe Mausoleum Ceremony
10:10am Load Buses
10:30am Mausoleum Ceremony begins
10:45am Load Buses to return to stadium
10:55am Escort Athletes onto field for SO Opening Ceremonies
11:00am Torch Run leaves Mausoleum
VIPS from Mausoleum enter stadium via van. (Direct to VIP area on track)
11:05am Torch Run enters Stadium.
(1) SO Athlete and (1) Torch Run Athlete run ceremonial lap around track.
Declare games OPEN!
11:45am Athlete warm-up prior to start of events.
Estimated time when all events will be completed…2:30pm followed by the awarding of medals.
*Slight change in course to include scenic Lentz trail.