‘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

Flag Football teams take gold at NIRSA Regionals

Over the weekend, two of our flag football teams won championships in their respective divisions at the NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association) Flag Football Regionals at the University of Maryland.

The Monroe Bears and Montgomery County Hammers took to the field for a weekend of stiff competition in very cold temperatures and both came out victorious!

In addition to winning team trophies, Monroe County’s Antoyne Perry won individual gold in the kicking competition and Montgomery County’s Shawn Loweree won individual gold in the punting competition.

Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches who represented Special Olympics Pennsylvania in such a fantastic way!

Photo credit: Taraz Crowley & Joe Terriman

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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Al Garzon

Every month we’ll spotlight a new Special Olympics Pennsylvania volunteer who has made an awesome impact on our community.

This month, we are proud to feature a man with many titles — Montgomery County Roller Skating Sports Director, Floor Hockey Official and Unified Partner, Al Garzon.

“Volunteering with Special Olympics is a reward. Every day our athletes face difficult challenges. If I can make things easier with just a smile, it is well worth it to me.”

– Al Garzon, Montgomery County

Al has been a longtime member of the Special Olympics movement. In 1987, the rink where he worked, skated, and met his wife started a Special Olympics Roller Skating program. Over the years, Al became a floor hockey official and a Unified partner in softball. Additionally, Al volunteers with basketball and soccer and has applied to be an official in three different World Games. It’s his lifetime goal to be selected.

Al also spends his time training and mentoring roller skating coaches and provides support to various floor hockey competitions throughout the state. Currently, three generations of Garzons volunteer at Fall Festival’s roller skating competition every year.