Special Olympics Pennsylvania to celebrate 50 years of Summer Games on June 6-8

Penn State hosts event at University Park for 32nd consecutive year

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games returns to the University Park campus on June 6-8 to celebrate 50 years of supporting and empowering athletes with intellectual disabilities from across Pennsylvania. Credit: Patrick Mansell / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) will return to Penn State’s University Park campus this June to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the annual Summer Games. Over 2,000 athletes from across the state will come together to compete across eight sports in a celebration of half a century of empowering athletes with intellectual disabilities. Penn State has hosted the event on campus for 32 consecutive years.

“The athletes work very hard throughout the year in local and sectional events, which culminates at the state level in the Summer Games,” said Teresa Amaturo, SOPA central competition director. “This is something that helps build lasting friendships, and the athletes always look forward to coming back year after year to see each other.”

View the full schedule of events here.

SOPA is in need of local volunteers for a variety of roles to help make the games a success. To learn how you can get involved, visit the SOPA website.