Special Olympics Bucks County
Special Olympics Bucks County

Our Mission

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

PHILOSOPHY

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports.

Special Olympics believes that consistent training is essential to the development of sports skills, and that competition among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth.

Special Olympics believes that through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially and spiritually; families are strengthened; and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance. 

 

In Special Olympics it is not the strongest body or the most dazzling mind that counts. It is the invincible spirit which overcomes all handicaps. For without this spirit, winning medals is empty.But with it, there is no defeat.”                             Eunice Kennedy Shriver

CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

Electronic Contacts:

Administrative:  sopabcgeorge@aol.com

Training:  cindyw828@aol.com

Volunteer:   vctom79@verizon.net

Competition:  kookylady@msn.com  

Athlete Registration:  coynesearch@comcast.net

 

Postal address:  Special Olympics-Special Olympics   3535 Rockview Dr   Bristol, PA  19007-2554

Bucks County athletes and volunteers participates in 16 sports at 29 training sites throughout the county on a three season basis so basically we train or compete year round. Participants also have the opportunity to compete in invitationals with other county programs, sectional and state competitions within Pennsylvania, invitationals with other states, USA National Games and World Games. 

 

Spring Sports 2017 Training sites:

Basketball

          A. Strayer Middle School Quakertown School District Starting Jan 3, 6-7:30PM

                        Questions—Scot McClellan 610-442-3595 or smlellan@qcsd.org

          B. Harry S Truman High School  Starting mid November

                         Questions--Larry Donofry 267-246-4649 larry.donofry@donofry.com

                      

Aquatics

          A. Central Bucks East High School Starting Sunday afternoons in January

              *** space limited--priority given to athletes who can swim

                     and want to advance to higher level competitions****

                          Questions - Karen Fisher 215-353-1740

          B. Truman High School Wed evenings Starting Jan 25, space limited

                            Questions - Lynn Wood 215-750-1034

          C.  Upper Bucks YMCA 401 Fairview Ave Quakertown

                Starting Sunday afternoons Dec 5, 2016--space limited

                            Questions Gaye Beeco grb123@verizon.net

                                             or Stacy Pletz 484-633-1286

 

Track  **some athletes will be training during their physical education classes in school--

              if you have questions, please contact their teacher**

           A.  Truman High School Starting Jan 28, Saturdays 9 - 10AM

                              Questions Tom Delaney 215-547-6183

           B.  Central Bucks West High School Starting Feb 11, Saturdays 10-11AM

                              Questions Joan Arrowood 215-345-0690

           C.  Quakertown Area Starting February, Saturday mornings

                               Questions Heather and Harry Schmitt  215-541-4423

 

Power lifting  ***must be at least 15 years old***

                 New Hope Fitness Starting February Sunday afternoons

                                Questions Rick and Phyllis Arrowood 215-345-4090

Equestrians

                 Ivy Hill, Perkasie Starting January

                 contact this site directly to register; space is limited

                 215-822-2515 X 1 or info@ivyhillequestrian.org

 

Softball

             A. Armstrong Middle School Starting Sundays in April

                                Questions Erin Keck 215-768-0672

 

Tennis

                  Mill Creek Tennis Club, Feasterville Starting Thursdays in Spring

                                 Questions Dawn Renson 215-547-6890

 

All athletes must have a current complete medical on file with the local program before they can participate:   Medical questions email  Erin Keck  coynesearch@comcast.net

 

All volunteers must have completed the online registration process:  Volunteer questions email: Tom McNeill at vctom79@verizon.net 

 

Training questions contact Cindy Walther CindyW828@aol.com  or 215-345-5294 or the contacts noted in the specific sports.

 

Powerlifting

 

Support Special Olympics of Bucks County

Participants in Special Olympics of Bucks County benefit from expertise and experience of our coaches and institutional support. You can make this easier for us by offering a donation to heklp support our activities that inspire our athletes and everyone involved. Consider making a donation or volunteering today!

Volunteer & Watch Our Athletes in Action

Are you interested in volunteering for a particular sport or upcoming event? Please visit our State website's Volunteer Center to learn more about the training you will need to be a Volunteer at:

 

http://www.specialolympicspa.org/ways-to-help/volunteer/volunteer

 

 

Be sure to retain copies of your training certificates or confirmation emails.

 

Be an Athlete!

 

Become a participant in the Special Olympics of Bucks County. We accept new participants in our wide variety of activities over the course of the year. Find out about upcoming events and register for a team!

 

See our athletes in action on our gallery pBes and complete a registration form today!

Support Our Work!

Send ALL check or money order donations to:

 

Special Olympics of Bucks County

ATTN: George Massimini

3535 Rockview Dr.

Bristol, PA 19007

Phone: 215-595-7799

Email: sopabcgeorge@aol.com

 

Special Olympics of Bucks County

ATTN: Kathy Reilly Adkins

341 Berkshire Rd.

Fairless Hills, PA 19030

Phone: 267 679-7800

Email: kathy.r.adkins@gmail.com

 

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