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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: November 6, 2019 10:11 AM
From: Senator Bob Mensch
To: All Senate members
Subject: Recognizing and Honoring Special Olympics Pennsylvania on the 50th anniversary of its Founding
Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) is an organization committed to providing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) 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

Founded in May 1970, SOPA held its first official Pennsylvania event, a small track and field competition at West Chester University, for 135 brave athletes. Today, SOPA trains nearly 20,000 athletes who compete annually in 21 Olympic-type sports at over 300 local, sectional, and state level competitions.

Throughout its 50-year history, SOPA has used the power of sports, education and leadership programs to transform the lives of people with ID and unite everyone by fostering community and building a more acceptable and civil society.

The Special Olympics experience fills a critical need in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for physical activity, social interaction, and the demonstration of competence to themselves, their families and the community.

Therefore, I ask that we join the staff, athletes and volunteers of Special Olympics Pennsylvania in celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding.

Introduced as SR277