Friday, July 26, 2013

Special Olympics PA - Adams County Golf Invitational

The Adams County program will be holding its annual Golf Invitational on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at South Hills Golf Club in Hanover, PA.
Registration will be open from 9:30am-10:15am with Opening Ceremonies beginning at 10:15am. Participants will be shuttled to the golf course around 12:30pm for a 1pm shot gun start.
Entries will be accepted until August 16th, unless positions are filled sooner.  Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, or to register for the Golf Invitational, please e-mail Deb Carpenter at  or Lynn Weaver at

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Freedom Farms’ Born Beautiful Pageant

A local farm in Butler, PA stars on a cable television show called “Farm Kings.”  As the stars of a docu-reality series on The Great American Country (GACtv) Network, the Farm Kings hope to bring an awareness to the country about food, family and hard work.  However, episodes also include stories about the youngest son named Ben who has Down Syndrome.  Each year the farm and show have featured an event to benefit Special Olympics – Butler County.  This year, they held a Born Beautiful Pageant that included Butler athletes and Beauty Competition winners from across the state, including Miss Pennsylvania.  This unique fundraising event was a great opportunity for our athletes to show their true beauty and spread the word about Special Olympics.  The show aired on the GACtv in select communities.  A wonderful time was had bad all!



Monday, July 15, 2013

"Burrow Thunder" Benefits DuBois/Jefferson County Program

The Punxsutawney Eagle Riders No.1231 motorcycle club held its annual "Burrow Thunder" on Saturday July 6, 2013 to benefit the Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s (SOPA) DuBois/Jefferson County program.

The event, held in conjunction with the 2013 Punxsutawney Groundhog Festival, took place at the Punxsy Eagles parking lot where a bike show was held.  Nearly 140 event riders traveled 135 miles, making four stops along the way.  There was also a silent auction, refreshments and a dance featuring the band Against the Grain.

In the weeks to follow, Eagle Rider Club President Denny Knox presented SOPA local program manager Stacey Truman with a check for $15,000. Former SOPA Board member, Jim Burton, was present for the check presentation and has been instrumental in the planning and promotion of “Burrow Thunder.” Eagle Riders’ goal for next year is to include more clubs in Western PA, which will benefit more Special Olympics programs in the region.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Wawa Supports Special Olympics PA!

Executives from Wawa, Inc. participated in a Unified Bocce exhibition on June 20th at Wawa University with athletes and coaches from SOPA’s Delaware County program. The exhibition was an opportunity for Special Olympics PA athletes to engage and connect with leadership from Wawa about the impact of the movement and the power of their generosity.
In addition, as part of the “Support the Home Team” campaign, Wawa, Inc. is supporting Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) this summer and extending into 2014 by funding the participation of Pennsylvania athletes at the Special Olympics National Games in New Jersey next June. SOPA will be one of the beneficiaries of a Wawa Coin Canister Campaign which began on July 7th and will run for 11 weeks. Also, a Counter Top Display Campaign will start on July 23rd and run for two weeks. All of this is merely a prelude to similar campaigns that will happen in early 2014 - all with the goal of underwriting the cost of National Games participation for all Team PA athletes. SOPA is scheduled to send more than 230 athletes to National Games, a record-sized delegation for the state. So please visit a Wawa near you frequently this summer and “Support the Home Team!”

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Beautiful Day to Compete!

It was a beautiful day for the 34th Annual DuBois/Jefferson County Special Olympics Day on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.  Athletes, coaches and volunteers from seven area schools and centers participated in track and field events and enjoyed other activities throughout the day.    In addition to great competition, the event honored DuBois Area High School Life Skills teacher, Frank Hetrick, who served as Master of Ceremonies for more than 30 years of service to Special Olympics.  Mr. Hetrick will be retiring from the school district.  The DuBois/Jefferson program also sported its new logo on uniforms for this event.