Commit to Fit, Volume 6

Good morning everyone! And welcome to the sixth workout in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s ๐—–๐—ข๐— ๐— ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—™๐—œ๐—ง video series! ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽโ˜บ๏ธ

Today, our session is led by a very special guest — Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officer Pamela Deguffroy! A member of Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics for eight years, an avid Polar Plunger and an invaluable volunteer at state events, Officer Deguffroy has two exercises for us today: line hops and side planks! We can’t wait to get started. Be sure to tag two people in this post so they can join you in the Commit to Fit fun!

And remember to check back right here every weekday at 10:30 a.m. EST for a new workout video!

And remember — check back every weekday at 10:30 a.m. EST for a new workout video. If you missed any of the previous workouts, you can find them here:

Special Olympics Pennsylvania: March Madness 2020 Champions

Ladies & gentlemen, we are proud to introduce your 2020 SOPA MARCH MADNESS CHAMPION…

๐’๐๐Ž๐‘๐“๐’ ๐‚๐€๐Œ๐!!!! ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ…

Cinderella is dancing!! The No. 7 seed has done it and shocked the field!! Not only did Sports Camp take down top-seeded Summer Games in the Final Four but then defeated No. 1 Fall Festival in yesterday’s championship. An incredible total of 1,084 people voted and the final tally was 762-322 in favor of our champs!

We can’t thank everyone enough for their support of ALL our amazing Special Olympics programs throughout the state. The was an incredible tournament and we hope you had as much fun voting as we did watching the results flow in!
Be sure to stay tuned for more awesome stuff coming your way as we all continue to stay active and stay together as one big Special Olympics Pennsylvania family!

Commit to Fit, Volume 5

Hello and happy Monday! Welcome to the fifth workout in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s ๐—–๐—ข๐— ๐— ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—™๐—œ๐—ง video series! ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽโ˜บ๏ธ

Today, our session is led by Bethlehem County athlete and Health & Fitness Coordinator Brittany Thayer, who has two exercises for us (quick punches & wall push-ups). Once you’re done your workout, be sure to share this info with your friends & family so they can join in the fun. And don’t forget to tune in on Facebook tonight at 7 p.m. for a LIVE workout with Dr. Sean Hanley.

And remember — check back every weekday at 10:30 a.m. EST for a new workout video. If you missed any of the previous workouts, you can find them here:

Special Olympics Pennsylvania #50for50: Zachary Williams

#50for50: Volume 18
โ–ช๏ธ Zachary Williams
โ–ช๏ธ 33 years old
โ–ช๏ธ Fayette County

“I’ve been in Special Olympics for 25 years. I think my physical therapist at the time talked to my mom about it. The first sport I tried was basketball. I like competing at Summer Games. I’ve competed in 2013, 2015 and 2019. Twice in basketball and last year I did swimming. โ€ฆ I have hydrocephalus and I have epilepsy. I’ve had 23 different surgeries, mainly because my shunt wasn’t working properly. I’ve had 13 of those and between 1998 and 1999 I had six surgeries in three months. Eventually I’ll have to have a new vagal nerve stimulator put in place. Sometimes that’s helped me and sometimes I’ve had seizures that just don’t stop. Once, I was in the middle of a Regional Input Council call and I had a seizure and my mom was like ‘we gotta go, he’s having a seizure.’ Usually I kind of, like, shake a little bit. But sometimes I’ve gotten myself to the point where I’ve gotten a couple black eyes or a lacerated nose. โ€ฆ I was nervous joining Special Olympics at first, but I’m comfortable now with everything. I love to get people interested in Special Olympics and get them involved and tell them all about the different sports. I have three degrees from Athlete Leadership University: Athlete Representative, Global Messenger and Health & Fitness Coordinator. About two years ago, I gave a speech to the Knights of Columbus. Besides introducing myself, I told them all about Special Olympics and what goes on in my community. I told them about what goes on with me and all my events with all my friends. โ€ฆ I just stay as positive as I can be. I’ve made a lot of friends through Athlete Leadership. They say I’ve done a good job and I really have enjoyed making new friends and playing sports with my teammates.”

Commit to Fit, Volume 4

Happy Friday, everybody! And welcome to the fourth workout in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Commit to Fit video series! ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽโ˜บ๏ธ

Today, our session is led by Special Olympics Pennsylvania Bucks County athlete, Health & Fitness Coordinator and Global Messenger, Troy Jackson. Troy has two exercises for us (overhead press and shrugs) and also a message about some healthy snacks to eat while you’re at home! Be sure to tag two people in this post so they can join in the Commit to Fit fun!

And remember — check back every weekday at 10:30 a.m. EST for a new workout video. If you missed any of the previous workouts, you can find them here:

Commit to Fit, Volume 3

Good morning everybody! And welcome to the third workout in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Commit to Fit video series! ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽโ˜บ๏ธ

Today, we’re joined by Souderton Area High School Unified Partner, Lindsay Coll, who has two exercises for us (side arm raises & back lunges) and also a message about how to make healthy eating choices every day! Be sure to share this info with your friends & family so they can join in the Commit to Fit fun! And remember — check back every weekday at 10:30 a.m. EST for a new workout video and send us your workout photos and videos! We’d love to share them!

If you missed any of the previous workouts, you can find them here.

Commit to Fit, Volume 2

Good morning! And welcome to the second workout in Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Commit to Fit video series! ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽโ˜บ๏ธ

Today, we’re joined by Dr. Sean Hanley, who has two exercises for us (march & swing arms and chair squats) and also a message about the launch of our LIVE Commit To Fit workout program, which he’ll be leading starting at 7:00 p.m. tonight on our Facebook page! Be sure to share this info with your friends & family so they can join in the fun!

And remember — check back every weekday at 10:30 a.m. EST for a new workout video and send us your workout photos and videos! We’ll see everybody on Facebook LIVE at 7:00 p.m. as Dr. Hanley leads us in a home workout session!