Special Olympics Allegheny County
404 First Street
Heidelberg, PA 15106
P: (412) 279-5450
F: (412) 279-5451
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An exciting winter sport that challenges the athlete's downhill racing ability and coordination. Alpine skiing events are offered for beginner and lower ability level athletes to train and compete in basic alpine skiing skills up to advanced level athletes. Alpine skiing events offered are as follows: glide and walking events for beginners/lower ability level athletes; novice, intermediate, & advanced downhill, giant slalom, and slalom.

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A wide variety of events are based on different strokes and offers opportunities for lower ability level athletes to train and compete in basic aquatics skills and development of these skills is necessary to advance to longer competitions. Aquatics offer meaningful competition for athletes of all ability levels: 10 meter assisted swim, 15 meter floatation race, 25 meter freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly are a few examples.

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Events range from the 100 meters to the marathon, from wheelchair races to the long jump to relays. Offers events for lower ability athletes to train and compete in basic athletic skills. Athletics offers meaningful competition for athletes of all ability levels: 25 meter walk and run, softball throw, standing long jump, 25 meter wheelchair race shot put are a few examples.

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Basketball is a favorite among Special Olympics athletes. In addition to team competition, Special Olympics basketball also offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic basketball skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to team play. Basketball offers these events including target pass, ten-meter dribble, speed dribble, spot shot, 3v3 team basketball and 5v5 team basketball.

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Bocce is a game of skill and strategy. The object is for one team to get as many of the balls closer to the pallina (smallest ball) than the opposing team's closest ball. Bocce offers competition in singles, doubles and team competition.

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Bowling is one of the fastest growing Special Olympics sports. In addition to offering traditional singles, doubles, traditional team and unified events, Special Olympics offers ramp bowling for athletes with low ability levels to train and compete.

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Floor Hockey is adapted from the games of ice hockey and ringette. It is the only team sport in Special Olympics Winter Games. Teams are composed of six players, including a goalie. The athletes use wooden poles (no blades) as sticks and the puck is a large felt disc with an open center. Individual skills competition is offered for athletes to train and compete in basic floor hockey skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to team play. These events include shooting, passing and stick handling.

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Special Olympics golf included five levels of competition. Individual skills competition provides a meaningful competition for athletes of lower ability, allowing them to train and compete in basic golf skills. In order for athletes to advance to levels 2-5, they must achieve a total of 60 in the individual skills. Competition is offered in the following areas: Level 2 is Alternating Shot Team Play (9 holes), Level 3 is Unified Sports Team Play (18 holes), Level 4 is Individual Stroke Play Competition (9 holes) and Level 5 - Individual Stroke Play Competition (18 holes).

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Events range from the 1500 meter run/walk to the 10,000 run/walk. These events also create opportunities for athletes to participate with unified partners who are of the same ability level.

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MATP'S is designed for persons with severe limitations. The program provides a comprehensive motor activity training curriculum for these participants. MATP'S emphasizes training and participating rather than competition. Individuals who participate in MATP'S work as hard as other Special Olympics athletes and they are recognized for their efforts. Activities include such events as beanbag grasp, prone head lift, and full roll to name a few.

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Soccer is considered the world's most popular sport around the world. In addition to offering traditional soccer, Special Olympics offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic soccer skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to 5v5, 7v7 or 11v11 team competition. These skills include dribbling, shooting and run and kick.

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Softball is an exciting team sport is Special Olympics. Athletes play slow-pitch softball, which involves two teams of ten athletes each. Individual skills competition is offered to allow athletes to train and compete in basic softball skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to team competition. These skills include base running, fielding and throwing.

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Speed skating is a lifetime fitness sport. It is a popular form of competition that showcases strength and coordination. Events vary from the 25 meter straight away (beginning athletes), 1000 meter event and relays.

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