Friday, July 31, 2015

2nd Annual Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match

On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Special Olympics PA - Philadelphia athlete Angel Rosa and Unified Partner Edwin Leon traveled to Colorado for the second annual Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match, presented by MLS WORKS.  The Major League Soccer (MLS) Match featured a 7-v-7 East vs. West All-Star format for which eleven MLS teams sent Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. 

Angel and Edwin played for the East in a match consisting of two 20-minute halves wearing uniforms provided by ADIDAS. The two athletes, both Northeast High School students, represented Philadelphia well.

MLS WORKS and Special Olympics are working together to leverage the power of sports to promote an environment of social inclusion and acceptance, by uniting people with and without intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics Unified Sports.

MLS participating celebrities included on-air talent Brian Dunseth who provided commentary and interviews with both players and coaches, Colorado Rapids players who acted as on-hand coaches, and LA Galaxy and U.S. National Legend Landon Donovan who presented the athletes and partners with medals after the game. The Western Conference All-Stars defeated the Eastern Conference All-Stars, 3-2. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Philadelphia’s Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS) Youth Summit

Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Philadelphia’s Interscholastic Unified Sports (IUS) Youth Summit on June 10, 2015 was a huge success! Athletes and partners represented a few of our IUS Philadelphia schools, and they all did a great job. Many things were discussed during the day, and the athletes and partners had talks about what they enjoyed about the IUS program, as well as what can be added to make the program run smoother.  Both the athletes and partners had fun while participating in the program, and they also made lifelong friends in the process.

They started the day by listening to two guest speakers and then split into different groups to work on team-building and ice-breaking exercises.  The ideas that they gave us for next year’s IUS program were awesome, and we can’t wait to see if we can put them into practice. The energy and excitement that everyone had while participating is what really made this IUS Youth Summit such a huge success.  Hearing from the kids who are directly involved with the program gives us a great opportunity to upgrade the program for the future.  We would like to thank everyone who came out and spoke or helped.  We would also like to extend a huge thank you to The School District of Philadelphia for its hospitality! 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Selinsgrove Woman Saddles Up for World Games

Congratulations once again Amanda Swazey for being one of the chosen few to participate in the upcoming 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles!

Click here to read The Daily Item article about her upcoming participation.

Friday, June 19, 2015

ESPN: Phelps Clinic with LA2015 Swimmers

ESPN Reporter Amy Rosewater wrote: Michael Phelps is using his star power as the world's most decorated Olympian to grow the sport and teach children and young adults all over the world. And he spent Saturday (May 30th) at that same swim club to share the techniques he used as a youngster with five swimmers who will compete at the Special Olympics World Games, which will be held July 25-Aug. 2 in Los Angeles (ESPN, WatchESPN). The participants included Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes Janine Calabrese from Erie City, Adam Smith from Area M, and Assistant Aquatics Coach Mark Euliano from Erie City.

Pictured above are images of Michael Phelps with Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes Adam Smith, Janine Calabrese, and Assistant Aquatics Coach Mark Euliano.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Philadelphia Program Receives Robert P. Levy Award

Pictured above: Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Philadelphia athletes Ian Capacio and Lisa Barbour (at left and right) stand with Taney Dragons Little League phenom Mo’ne Davis.

Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Philadelphia was awarded the Robert P. Levy Community Service Award as part of the 2015 Wanamaker Awards Luncheon at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia on Friday, June 12th.  The award is presented to an individual or organization that has done the most to “improve the quality of life in Philadelphia through sports.”  This is the 20th year in which the award has been presented.

Our Philadelphia program was honored along with the Taney Dragons Little League team who captivated the city with the first female, Mo’ne Davis, to ever pitch a complete game shutout at the Little League World Series.  The Taney Dragons were awarded the John Wanamaker Athletic Award and Don Richardson, Director of the Philadelphia Blackhawks Athletic Club, received the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Sports Volunteer of the Year Award.

Local Community Revitalizing Special Olympics Program

Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Greene County program is up and running again after a period of inactivity due to a lack of volunteer support. 
To get involved in the revitalization of the Special Olympics of Greene County contact 724-833-6408 or email
Click here to learn more via an Observer-Reporter news article.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

High School Youth "Spread the Word to End the Word"

Help us raise awareness about the hurtfulness of the R-word by pledging and sharing your stories year round.  Visit and check out the video our friends at Pottsgrove High School in Pottstown, PA created to help “Spread the Word to End the Word.”