Bethlehem Special Olympics was established in 1976. Since its inception, it has joined with the Bethlehem community to fulfill its mission of providing year round sports training and athletic competition programs for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The program currently offers 17 sports programs that serve over 175 athletes, ages 8 to 80! Our program strongly encourages families to become active in their athlete's programs. Athletes participate in training programs which may qualify them to compete at Sectional, States, Nationals, and International Special Olympic games.
All sports training programs are staffed by volunteers. Head coaches are trained to work with adults and children that have intellectual disabilities and are certified in their sport by Special Olympics Pennsylvania.
There is never a charge to the athletes to participate in the program. Funding is supplied by local fund-raising activities and donations from the community. Donations received are applied to uniforms, training facilities, equipment, transportation, and a one-week summer sports camp, with only a minimal amount being applied to administrative requirements.
If you have a club, organization, or church program and would like more information, please contact us and we will be happy to provide a speaker.
THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETE'S OATH: "LET ME WIN, BUT IF I CANNOT WIN, LET ME BE BRAVE IN THE ATTEMPT."