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Special Olympics of Pennsylvania “Washington County Special Olympics”
The mission of Special Olympics 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.
Programs and Services
- 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 Pennsylvania Washington County raises 100% of its own funds. We are also a 100% volunteer based program. There is never a cost to the parents of an athlete wanting to participate in any of the 13 sports we offer. We host an annual golf outing each year and use WCCF as a way to raise funds.
- Special Olympics also helps to address major challenges facing its athletes: obesity, healthcare and employment. Obesity is more common among individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) than in the general population. Likewise, far too often persons with ID go without medical treatment, not by their choice, but because there are very few physicians, dentists, optometrists/ophthalmologists, and podiatrists that are actually trained in treating this population.
- In response to these health challenges, SOPA provides free athletic training and competition year-round in Olympic-type sports for persons with ID. With sports at the core, Special Olympics directly addresses the problem of obesity by promoting healthy, active lifestyles.
- In addition, SOPA’s Healthy Athletes® initiative is a program offering free health screenings in the form of eye, ear, dental and podiatry assessments. These screenings are conducted in fun, welcoming environments, and for some athletes, are the first time they have ever seen a doctor.
- 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. Athletes learn developmental and life skills as the benefits of participation translate beyond sports, helping them to live more independent and rewarding lives. Special Olympics also provides a positive venue for families,volunteers, and donors to become part of a caring community, and to become involved in the movement.
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