For the first time ever, colleges and universities across the United States are competing in the Special Olympics Virtual College Championship Week presented by ESPN!
Here in Pennsylvania, we have SEVEN schools participating: DeSales, Thomas Jefferson University, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, Saint Francis University, Villanova, and Wilkes University! The teams will compete across a series of 15 challenges that require team members to connect with each other and spread a message of inclusion through social media.
These are Unified teams, meaning people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities will be competing and working toward a common goal together. This awesome event provides an opportunity for these teammates to connect and compete together, building friendships along the way! #SOCollegeChampWeek
Two of Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s biggest supporters — Sheetz and Wawa — have joined forces to help support the 2021 Polar Pop!
In a joyous and unexpected crossover, the two convenience store chains filmed a video to help promote the Pop and each CEO challenged the other to take the Polar Pop! To register for the Pop, visit http://www.papolarpop.org. Check out more from Sheetz and Wawa below:
The news made quite a splash in, well, the news as well as outlets across the state picked up the story. Here are the available links to check out:
#50for50: Volume 52 ▪️ Jean Zumstein ▪️ 57 years old ▪️ McKean County
Jean is on the left.
“I like to do bowling and stuff like that for Special Olympics. I remember doing roller skating and stuff like that right here in McKean County. At the old Roller Dome, we would do roller skating. I used to do the figure eight on a pair of roller skates. Special Olympics is good exercise. I go outside to exercise a lot. Around here it’s pretty rural. We have walking paths and we get to be outside a lot. It’s a small community, so we’ve got good people all around us. … Bowling is my number one sport because I like to bowl and stuff like that. I like the bowling alley. The sounds. Over 100 is my top score. I’ve done softball throw and track and field for a while. I like that, too. It’s nice to do ’em. … Everything is shut down right now for the COVID. I usually work at Futures [Rehabilitation Center] when it’s not shut down. I miss it. I miss working, miss making money. … After mom died, I didn’t do Special Olympics for a year or two, but when I came to the group home I started back up again. I miss my mom and stuff. She passed away about four years ago. We were very tight. She watched me at everything. We were together all the time. She came to everything. She was a proud mom. My mom would always be watching me from the stands. She was 81. … I always try to be nice to people and stuff like that. I’m very helpful. I like to go shopping and watch TV. I really like watching game shows like Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Price is Right. … I liked sports growing up. [Being in Special Olympics] has brought out my competitive side. Pat Ryan, he’s my favorite. He’s a super guy. He’s a nice person. He’s kind. He coaches me in bowling and stuff like that. And if skiing comes around, I’ll try it out. But I don’t want to run into no tree. The sports are hard sometimes. I do pretty good, though.”