Special Olympics PA + Finish Line = 😊

This holiday season the Finish Line Youth Foundation is helping Special Olympics athletes be #SOUnstoppable!

And last weekend some of our Montgomery County athletes volunteered at their local Finish Line store, helping customers with questions, bagging items and spreading holiday cheer! 🎁🛍👟

Be sure to visit your local finish line now through December 31 to donate to a great cause!

‘Tis the season: Special Olympics holiday ornament

Let us help you check some boxes off your gift-giving list! We’ve got the perfect thing!

Get the first-ever Special Olympics ornament with your donation of $65 or more! Show that you stand with our athletes this holiday season and throughout the entire year. Use the link below to get yours today before we sell out!

Get your ornament now: http://bit.ly/2CToXqN

Bedford athletes take part in Subaru commercial shoot

On Tuesday morning, a group of long-distance running/walking athletes from Bedford County participated in a commercial & photo shoot for Thomas Chevy-Subaru! The dealership has picked Special Olympics Pennsylvania as its non-profit organization of choice for their “Share the Love” event where, if you purchase or lease a new Subaru between now and Jan. 2, Subaru will donate $250 to Bedford’s program and Thomas Subaru of Bedford will donate an additional $50!

Several athletes began the day with stretching before posing on the track, taking professional photos and modeling in front of a brand new car!

Check out these phenomenal photos from Stover Photography!

You can also check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the day below.

#InclusionRevolution #ShareTheLove

SOPA Board Member named to Pittsburgh Magazine’s “40 Under 40”

We’re thrilled to share the news that our very own Board Member, Mike Trettel, was named to Pittsburgh Magazine‘s “40 Under 40” Class of 2019.

Trettel, who is the Director of Business Development at i+iconUSA, serves on Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s development and campaign committees and has become a regular at the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge. Extremely regular, in fact, as he is a “super plunger,” meaning he takes the icy dip 24 times within a 12-hour span!

To read more about Mike’s incredible honor, follow this link.

SOPA athletes cheer on Dream Riders

On Thursday, August 22, Special Olympics athletes from various counties met at the Valley Forge Hotel to welcome the Dream Riders as they journeyed from Florida to Connecticut to raise money for Special Olympics.

The Dream Ride is one of the largest charity motorcycle rides in Connecticut! The Dream Ride is a police-escorted motorcycle rally and ride featuring a 40-mile cruise through the Connecticut countryside. Thousands of motorcycles from the United States and Canada converge in Farmington, Connecticut all to ride to benefit The Hometown Foundation, Inc. and Special Olympics.

Upon welcoming the Dream Riders, an ice-cream reception was held indoors where Special Olympics athletes who were sponsored by the Riders each received a medal and t-shirt. In addition, Dream Ride CEO Michael Bozzuto gifted two K-9 service dogs to local police departments (Radnor PD & Upper Merion PD) and requested that the dogs be named after a Special Olympics PA athlete who passed away suddenly in 2018 — John C. Strunk. To close the ceremony, Bozzuto presented Special Olympics PA with an incredibly generous check for $10,000!

To learn more about the Dream Ride, follow this link: https://www.dreamride.org/