Special Olympics Centre County

Special Olympics Centre County draws together more than 300 athletes, coaches, unified partners, family members, and Volunteer into a community that enhances social interactions, builds teamwork, and provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to experience success.

All training and competition opportunities are provided free of charge to athletes and their families.


Athletes in every sport and event are grouped by age, gender, and ability – giving everyone a reasonable chance to win. This idea of equal ability groupings is the foundation for competition in Special Olympics and can be witnessed at all events. All athletes are given an equal chance to participate, perform, and be recognized for doing their best by their teammates, family, friends, and fans.

Special Olympics Centre County Seasons

Sport Start Finish Major Events
Aquatics January April/May Local Meets, Spring Sectional (St Francis), Summer Games [Opens in New Window]
Athletics January June Geri Ryan Meet, Beaver Stadium Run [Opens in New Window], Spring Sectional (St Francis - if not in conflict with BSR), Summer Games [Opens in New Window]
Basketball January June PSU-led Skills Clinic, Spring Sectional (St Francis), Summer Games [Opens in New Window]
Bocce August November Fall Sectional (Juniata), Bocce Bash (Bloomsburg), Fall Festival (Villanova) [Opens in New Window]
Bowling November March Local Tournament, Bowl-A-Thon, Central Bowling Sectional(Mechanicsburg), Summer Games [Opens in New Window]
Golf April June Summer Games [Opens in New Window]
Skiing January February Winter Games [Opens in New Window]
Soccer August November Local Tournaments, Fall Sectional (Juniata)
Tennis April June PSU-led Skills Clinic, Spring Sectional (St Francis - if other tennis teams available), Summer Games [Opens in New Window]
Volleyball August November PSU-led Skills Clinic, Fall Sectional(Juniata), Fall Festival (Villanova) [Opens in New Window]

Unified Sports

Unified Sports® combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics Athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis.

SOCC offers Unified Sports® in many sports, depending on the availability of Partners.

At Special Olympics, we believe that sports can teach us all important lessons.

Our sports events bring together a large and inclusive community of athletes, supporters and families, coaches, Volunteer and many others. The athletes are at the center of it all. Special Olympics competitions help us all rediscover the purity of sports — and real athletic pursuits — based on true Olympic ideals.