PLEASE READ BELOW:2020 SUMMER GAMES AT PENN STATE CANCELLED, VIRTUAL GAMES ANNOUNCED; UPDATED Guidance to Local Programs, 16 APRIL: Today Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) and Penn State University (PSU) announced that the 2020 Summer Games, scheduled to take place from Thursday, June 11 to Saturday, June 13, are cancelled due to concerns related to the coronavirus.  In addition, the 10th annual “Be a Fan” Torch Run that precedes Summer Games is cancelled this year.  Please see the attached press release for more information.  Instead, SOPA is working with key stakeholders to plan a “Virtual Summer Games” that will take place during the same timeframe.  While the decision to cancel the Torch Run and Summer Games was difficult and disappointing, our hope is to capture the spirit of our athletes and volunteers via the Virtual Summer Games.  More details will be shared in the near future. Because of the ongoing pandemic, we are also extending indefinitely the suspension of all in-person Special Olympics Pennsylvania events and activities, regardless of size, that was previously announced through May 31st.  We are working with Special Olympics, Inc. and other Special Olympics stakeholders to develop plans and protocols for safely resuming activities.  We will of course also abide by the guidance of government and public health officials.  We will share information about when and how we can “return to play” as soon as those details are available. As a reminder, we have appointed a single organizational spokesperson, Nicole Jones, VP of Marketing and Communication.  If you are contacted by a member of the media with questions about Summer Games or other COVID-19 impacts, please do not respond directly but instead direct them to Nicole at njones@specialolympicspa.org or 855-701-9030.  Thank you to the entire SOPA family - your resilience and positive spirit through this pandemic are inspiring! Matthew B. AaronPresident & CEO.
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Bradford/Sullivan Counties Special Olympics Pennsylvania has created a team for the Beaver Stadium Run that is going to be a virtual event this year.  The purpose this year is mainly to keep some engagement.  Athletes can register for free.  They register using this link and then choosing join the team.  They enter Athlete in the promo code box.  If they then want to share the page, we are certainly happy to encourage fund raising and accepting donations.
The link below also allows you to donate. Please consider supporting our team. 
https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/2729197 
This is the page that gives more information about the way the Virtual Run is going to work.
https://specialolympicspa.org/beaver-stadium-run 

 

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