Corman Announces $500,000 State Grant for Special Olympics PA

(HARRISBURG) – Senator Jake Corman (R-34) announced today that Special Olympics PA will receive $500,000 in state support to assist its efforts to provide free sports training and competition for those with intellectual disabilities.

“Providing state support for Special Olympics PA helps to ensure the program will be able to continue to provide an incredible opportunity for the Olympians free of charge,” Corman said. “The lessons learned through Special Olympics go well beyond the playing fields. The Olympians demonstrate courage and determination when they take the field. The friends, family and other athletes supporting them see true strength of mind and character illustrated with every step, throw and finish-line celebration.”

The money was part of the 2017-18 appropriations process and supports the group’s efforts to provide ongoing opportunities for Special Olympians to participate in the Summer Games, which kick off May 31. Special Olympics PA trains about 20,000 athletes a year who participate in 21 Olympic-type sports and three emerging sports at more than 260 local, sectional, and state level competitions.

“Special Olympics PA is incredibly grateful to the Commonwealth for providing support that makes life-changing events like the Summer Games possible for individuals with intellectual disabilities from all over the state,” said Matthew B. Aaron, President and Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics PA.  “Senator Corman has been at the forefront of championing efforts to ensure our athletes are included on the playing field, in their schools, and in their communities.  This year, more than 2,000 athletes and nearly 800 coaches will experience the joy, friendships, and sports competition that are what make the Summer Games so great, thanks to this incredible support.”

The mission of Special Olympics PA 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.

 CONTACT: Jenn Kocher (717) 787-1377 or jkocher@pasen.gov