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:

Athletes speak at Sheetz opening in Brownsville

On Thursday morning, Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes Zachary Williams and Haleigh Sommers spoke to a crowd at the grand opening of a Sheetz store in Brownsville, Pa. They did a fantastic job speaking to the crowd and were joined by 102.5 WDVE personality Chad Tyson to accept a generous $2,500 donation to Special Olympics Pennsylvania!

(Photo credit: Mary Frances Williams)

We want to hear your story

Are you a Special Olympics Pennsylvania athlete with a story to tell?

Of course you are.

We’re looking for athletes to share any recent success stories for the Summer Edition of the Special Olympics Athlete Review (SOAR) newsletter! Your story can be as long as you’d like. All we want if for you to be yourself and tell us something meaningful about your experiences through Special Olympics!

We’ve extended the deadline to next Friday, so if you do want to share a story, send it to Jordan Schubert.

To view an example of our SOAR newsletter from earlier this year, follow this link.

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Hello internet! And welcome to the Special Olympics Pennsylvania blog!

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