Special Olympics Pennsylvania - Northwest Region

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Board Development
  • Community
  • People with Disabilities
  • Sports & Recreation


8161 Oliver RdErie, PA 16509 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of Special Olympics PA is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual 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. All training and competition opportunities are provided free of charge to the athletes and their families, enabling everyone to experience the benefits of Special Olympics that extend well beyond the playing field. Special Olympics was created by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) is authorized and accredited by Special Olympics Inc. for the benefit of persons with intellectual disabilities.


Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, everyday around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics changes the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face.

Our Approach and Solutions:

* Real Sports: Deliver high-quality training and competition in an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health and celebrates personal achievement.

* Unified Strategy: Offer a holistic, inclusive methodology starting with sports and transcending all aspects of life, offering opportunities for those with and without intellectual disabilities to play together as teammates on the court and become leaders off the court.

* Athlete Health: Promote the overall well-being of people with intellectual disabilities via programs that ensure ongoing access to quality, community -based healthcare services, highlighted by free health screenings at Special Olympics’ competitions, games and other venues.


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