Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia Athletes hold their team sign during the 2016 Philadelphia Spring Games

More than 250 Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes from Philadelphia and the surrounding area, will meet at the William Penn Charter School, located at 3000 W. School House Lane on Saturday, April 29th, for the 40th Annual Philadelphia Spring Games. Athletes will compete in athletics (track and field), basketball, and tennis. Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia program (SOPA Philly) is excited to be hosting their 40th Annual Spring Games. The first Philadelphia Spring Games started in 1977 and today is the biggest competition that the Philadelphia Program holds.

The 40th Annual Philadelphia Spring Games will start at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as local police officers run the Flame of Hope 3.1 miles to William Penn Charter School. The Flame of Hope will make its entrance at the 40th Annual Philadelphia Spring Games before the Opening Ceremony at 9:00 am. The Opening Ceremony will be emceed by John Boruk and include a parade of athletes, with a special appearance from the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney. The Flame of Hope will end the Opening Ceremony as special guest, Bernard Hopkins, along with athletes and law enforcement light the cauldron signaling the official opening of the games.

After the Opening Ceremony, competition will begin immediately around the campus until 3:30 pm. After athletes finish their competition, they will be awarded medals and ribbons based upon the order of finish. Beyond competition, there will be a Unified Bocce experience for VIP guests, a Young Athletes open play and showcase, and an Olympic Village featuring entertainment and activities.

William Penn Charter School, PECO, Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Brandywine Realty Trust and the Gish Rockford Family are sponsors of this year’s event. We encourage you to celebrate the 40th Annual Philadelphia Spring Games with SOPA Philly!

For more information, contact Kristin Craven, Special Events and Marketing Manger at 610-630-9450 x252, or email at [email protected]