Join our Team. Change the Game. Unify the World.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania is leading the revolution to engage, empower, and transform our communities to ensure full inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. Through our pursuit, we will make the world kinder, gentler, and more just for all people. For a printable version of our Case for Support, please click here.
Total Fundraising Goal:
Current Donor Pledges:
Pillar 1: Sports
Special Olympics uses the universal appeal of sport to bring people together and create more inclusive communities. It is through sports that people with intellectual disabilities (ID) are provided opportunities to be connected, develop and demonstrate their unique skills and talents, get and stay physically active and fit, and have fun! These important experiences help Special Olympics athletes participate as productive and respected members of society, and raise the public’s understanding and appreciation of their capabilities.
Approximately 16,000 athletes currently participate in Special Olympics programs across Pennsylvania, but we are only reaching 1 out of every 20 individuals who should be part of our sporting community. Additionally, our current athletes need more year-round opportunities to train and compete so they can realize the full benefits that sports provide.
Special Olympics PA is currently creating nine regional teams of staff and volunteers dedicated to improving our ability to serve more athletes and deliver high quality sports, health and leadership programs across the state.
- Grow our active athlete base to 21,000.
- Serve over 600 Young Athletes ages 2-7.
- Recruit 400 new coaches, and increase training.
- Bring Unified Champion Schools (UCS) programming to nearly 600 elementary, middle and high schools in PA, including public school districts in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and York.
- Offer intramural Unified Sports at more than 30 Pennsylvania colleges and universities.
- Offer community-based Unified Sports opportunities across the state of Pennsylvania.
Pillar 2: Health
People with intellectual disabilities (ID) face significant health disparities due to inadequate access to healthcare services and fitness & wellness opportunities. This leads to a reduction in overall quality of life, as well as a significantly shortened life span.
People with ID are:
- 2-4x less likely to be physically active
- 2x more likely to be obese, have cardiovascular disease and asthma
- 5x more likely to have diabetes
As a result, their life expectancy is 20 years shorter than for the general population.
Special Olympics PA saves lives by uncovering undetected health issues and providing access to health care. We deliver fitness/wellness programs that help our athletes live healthier, happier, and ultimately longer lives.
- Deliver Athlete Performance Training, a comprehensive, year-round sports, fitness, and wellness initiative.
- Offer 3,300 health screenings at competition events between 2021 and 2024.
- Engage health care systems and retailers to provide ongoing primary care screenings for athletes.
- Partner with over 1,000 health care providers trained in working with individuals with ID.
Pillar 3: Leadership
Special Olympics empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) to utilize their abilities, find their voices, and develop leadership skills to assume meaningful roles within the Special Olympics movement and in their communities, raising public awareness and opening doors to workplace inclusion.
- Individuals with ID face higher rates of social isolation and stigmatization, leading to marginalization in their communities.
- The unemployment rate for people with ID is more than 2x as high as that of the general population.
- People with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty, and earn a median income one-third less than those who do not have a disability.
Special Olympics PA provides opportunities for people with ID to exercise leadership both within and outside the organization and promote inclusion. Formal training and hands-on leadership roles help athletes develop essential skills to effectively advocate for their rights, maximize their contributions to society, and gain meaningful employment.
- Activate Global Messengers to raise awareness about the organization and create inclusive communities.
- 170 athletes will graduate from Athlete Leadership University between 2021 and 2024.
- Athletes serving as health & fitness coordinators and sports team captains will engage fellow athletes in improved fitness, sport performance, and health practices.
- The Center for Unified Leadership will sponsor and conduct research to evaluate and demonstrate the effectiveness of our leadership development programs.
Eastern Campaign Committee:
- Marc Bruno
- David Campoli
The RMR Group
- Peter Cooke, Jr.
Cooke and Berlinger Jewelers
- Tony Gillespie
Retired (American Express)
- Colleen Holt-McCauley
- Dan Kolb
Special Olympics PA Athlete
- Anna McDonough
- Greg McShea
- Diana Paterno – Giegerich
- Jim Peters
- Chris Ritchie
- David Rosenberg
- Dick Vermeil, Campaign Spokesman
Retired (NFL Head Coach)
Central Campaign Committee:
- Jake Armstrong
Geisinger Health System
- Loretta Claiborne, Campaign Co-Chair
Special Olympics, Inc.
- Dick DeFluri
- Greg Focht
Special Olympics PA Athlete
- Bruce Heim
Keystone Real Estate Group
- Cathy and Tony Misitano
Post Acute Medical
- William Oldsey
Retired (Educational Publishing Exec.)
- Sue Paterno, Campaign Co-Chair
- Robert Poole
- Kellee and Sam Terroso
Industrial Vendor Reduction Inc.
- Jim Wenner
- Jane Zimmerman
Western Campaign Committee:
- Shannon Barry
- Dr. James Bradley
Orthopedic Surgery Specialist
- Tom Bradley
Pittsburgh Steelers Coaching Staff
- Dr. Robert Capretto
Oak Hill Holdings
- Dr. Robert Schilken
Allegheny Health Network
- Deputy Jason Tarap
Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office
- Michael Trettel
iiCON Construction Group
- Chris Weiss
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To donate by mail, please download the pledge form (make checks payable to Special Olympics Pennsylvania) and send to: Attn: Inclusion Revolution Campaign, Special Olympics Pennsylvania, 2570 Blvd of the Generals, Suite 124, Norristown, PA 19403.
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