BRADFORD/SULLIVAN COUNTIES SPECIAL OLYMPICS PENNSYLVANIA
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The mission of Special Olympics PA is to provide year-round sports 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. ************************
Covid 19 updates::Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s most important priority is the health and safety of all of its participants: athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, family members, caregivers and staff. Therefore, those who are high risk are not permitted to attend in-person sports training and other activities in the upcoming spring season.
Because the virus situation is changing so rapidly, we anticipate our guidance will continue to evolve and that we will be providing additional resources, so please refer to the COVID-19 page on our website www.special Olympic spa.org regularly.
The situation changes constantly, and new information and data become available almost daily. There is increasing data showing people with intellectual disabilities (ID) are dying at a higher rate than people without ID, and yet they are not always being prioritized when it comes to access to the vaccine. There are additional questions and issues related to vaccine education/awareness as well as access. Special Olympics International is working with the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC and sport federations about the COVID-19 vaccines. SOPA is also working closely with our local health authorities, government officials, and other non profits to advocate for people with ID.