Strong Minds Clinical Director spotlight: Dr. Adam Assoian

Special Olympics Pennsylvania is so excited to announce the new offering of the Strong Minds discipline at Healthy Athletes events going forward! Strong Minds is an interactive learning activity focused on developing adaptive coping skills. Leading our new discipline is our new Clinical Director, Dr. Adam Assoian. Learn more about Dr. Assoian and Strong Minds by checking out the Q&A below!

Special Olympics Pennsylvania: Describe your job/practice. What do you like best about what you do?

Dr. Assoian: I am the owner and Clinical Director of Ally Psychological Services, a private psychological practice in Bucks County. At Ally Psych we help individuals from all walks of life and backgrounds feel better about themselves and improve their mental health. We also offer evaluations and support groups to those in need.What I love most about my job is being able to interact and get to know so many people. Helping those that are ready for change is incredibly rewarding.

SOPA: What are you most excited about in volunteering with Special Olympics Pennsylvania?

Dr. Assoian: Being able to help the athletes strengthen their mental health and have them feel more comfortable and confident throughout the games is going to be such an amazing experience. 

SOPA: How do you see Strong Minds benefiting our athletes?

Dr. Assoian: Whether it’s pregame nerves or post-game emotions, most athletes will experience strong emotions during the competition. Strong Minds can benefit athletes by giving them a place to learn realistic and useful coping skills to make handling their emotions a little bit easier.

SOPA: What is your favorite sport?

Dr. Assoian: My favorite sport is definitely Powerlifting. It’s something I believe is such a great coping skill and something I do in my own life too.

You can learn even more about the Strong Minds discipline by following this link!

Aerie x Special Olympics = â¤ï¸

Earlier this month, we were HONORED to have five amazing women & Special Olympics Allegheny County athletes join the Aerie fam in a recent photoshoot!! 📸🤩

Megan Dulski, Kallie McCarthy, Savannah Shavers, Emma Slezak and Kaylie Swider all modeled Aerie’s OFFLINE look in STYLE!! We spent the day at Riverside Park having a blast with the Aerie team, who then sat down with each athlete to hear their stories about what participating in Special Olympics means to them! Read more here:

We can’t say enough amazing things about Aerie and their values and mission toward making this world a truly inclusive place!


Eunice Kenndy Shriver’s 100th Birthday

100 years ago, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver was born.
Her vision was bold. Actions brave. Legacy lasting. Achievements too innumerable for one post. As we mark her centennial, we wish those connected with the #InclusionRevolution across the globe a very happy #EKS100.

We also remind everyone that the work is not done, and her vision of an inclusive world is just as relevant and urgent today. It’s up to us to continue the #InclusionRevolution! ❤

Three PA Schools finish in Top 25 at #SOCollegeChampWeek

For the first time ever, 41 colleges and universities, with nearly 1,300 Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners across the United States competed in the Special Olympics Virtual College Championship Week presented by ESPN!

Here in Pennsylvania, we had SEVEN universities participate in the inaugural Special Olympics Virtual College Championship Week presented by ESPN: DeSales University, Thomas Jefferson University, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, Saint Francis University, Villanova University, and Wilkes University!

The teams competed across a series of 15 challenges that required team members to connect with each other and spread a message of inclusion through social media.
We’re so proud of all of all the participating schools and by the end of the week, three universities (Penn State, DeSales and Jefferson) won their rivalry match-up, and Jefferson won the NCAA Division II title! Additionally, St. Francis (19), Penn State (20) and DeSales (22) all finished in the top 25 nationally! 🎉

#SOCollegeChampWeek | #UnifiedGeneration

Calling all television superstars!

Special Olympics Pennsylvania is holding auditions for a brand new TALK SHOW set to launch later this Spring. And we want YOU to be the host!

These auditions are open to ANYONE in the Special Olympics Pennsylvania family as we’ll be auditioning for one athlete and one volunteer/coach/Unified partner/etc. to co-host the show!

For the audition, we’ll be asking you to make a short video. The deadline to submit is May 10. Simply follow this link to get started:

We can’t wait to see you shine!!