Category Archives: Announcements



We are in need of volunteers to help with our athletic programs thoughout the year. You DO NOT have to be athletically trained…just have compassion and patience! We will help you with all duties.

Please contact Jan Knight if you can help at



Donate to State Games

 It’s almost time to kick off the
Special Olympics Pennsylvania
Summer Games
Presented by  
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… but first, we need your

help to raise $20,000 

  Be a Fan Torch Run

Law enforcement officers across PA are giving their all on


June 2 – celebrating the 5th Annual “Be A Fan” Torch Run with a

ceremonial kick-off from PNC Park. 


More than 400 officers

will relay the Flame of Hope over 150 miles from 
Pittsburgh to Penn State University. 


Then, law enforcement volunteers will light the Olympic Cauldron on June 4 … and kick off the 
46th Annual Special Olympics PA Summer Games 
for more than 2,000 eager athletes.

This Is Where You Come In! 

We count on friends like you to make sure no athlete “pays to play.”
Help PA law enforcement officers reach their fundraising goal by making a $46 donation in honor of Summer Games’ 46th anniversary, or a gift in any amount, today.
Or, fund the participation of one (1) athlete at Summer Games with a heartfelt $200 gift.

Read how your support changed the life of Summer Games athlete Mike Silvis:  

Fifteen years ago, Mike was a very shy young man. But one evening at Summer Games, he stood before 5,000 people and told them what Special Olympics means to him. Soon after, he began to take on leadership roles and became a floor hockey coach — all while staying involved as an athlete in basketball, bocce, golf, swimming, volleyball and bowling.

Now Mike spreads the word about Special Olympics to service groups and school aged children. Through Special Olympics, Mike and thousands of others have turned seeming shortcomings into a power of their own.

Mike is just one of nearly 20,000 athletes in Pennsylvania who deserve to experience the pride, courage, and joy of being a champion.


Join Us! Cheer or Volunteer


Join us at Summer Games as a volunteer, or simply come to cheer on and encourage our athletes, June 4 – 6! 
Click here to volunteer!
Thank you for all you do, and for being a part of the Dignity Revolution! We couldn’t do it without you!

Roll for the Gold!

There is still time to sign up for the annual Roll for the Gold competition! It will be held on Saturday, October 25 from 3 to 5pm at Byllye Lanes! Get a team together or just come and join a team and bowl with your friends! the sign up fee is $15 which will include 2 games, shoes and a buffet dinner served by all of our volunteers!


Athlete Leadership Program


Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) held the inaugural Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) University at Slippery Rock University from July 18-20, 2014.

The Athlete Leadership Program empowers athletes to develop leadership skills and utilize their voices to assume meaningful leadership roles, influence change in the Special Olympics movement and educate communities around the world that result in positive life changes.  ALPs University is a progressive series of lectures, hands-on exercises, and practicums in a variety of topics.  Much like a college degree, it takes several years before an athlete graduates.  Upon completion of classes, the athlete is prepared for greater responsibilities both in Special Olympics and in their personal lives.  Some examples are:  member of the Board of Directors, SOPA paid staff position, Athlete Congress member, Management Team member, Global Messenger, Coach, and Mentor.

Twenty one athletes completed classes in three majors: Communications, Governance, and Technology. In addition, more than 20 volunteers completed classes as Mentors, Trainers and Instructors.


Congratulations Bowlers!

Congratulations to our 9 bowlers that participated in the Western Sectionals on March 22 in Pittsburgh. Robert Tubbs, Roger Jacoby Robert McAlpine, Tommy Rodgers, Matt Scott, Tracy Carson, Tina Whitford, Julie Boyle and Jeannie Zumstein! We are proud of you all. Thank you to Amie, Cher ,Suzanne and Bob for their time and dedication to these athletesbowl14!