Special Olympics is a year-round program of sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
McKean County Special Olympics was formally organized in 1984. Previously, the athletes and coaches of McKean County had been part of a group with neighboring counties. Softball, bowling, gymnastics and track and field were a few of the original sports.
McKean County Special Olympics is sanctioned through Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA). A volunteer management team oversees the operation of the program and has guided its growth. Over 360 special athletes and over 100 volunteers participate in the programs of aquatics, track & field, softball, skiing, bowling, basketball and softball. Support from area school districts and residential programs has helped bring our programs to children and adults with disabilities from throughout McKean County. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of hundreds of athletes and volunteers, our program is growing bigger and better every day!