Special Olympics PA - Area M offers sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and Northern York Counties.
Our mission 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.
All training and competition opportunities are provided free of charge to the athletes and their families, enabling everyone to experience the benefits of Special Olympics that extend well beyond the playing field.
We have over 2,000 athletes in our program
Area M trains in 20 different sports at various locations throughout our program area
Athletes can begin training at age 6 and competing at age 8, there is no age maximum to participate
We have a Young Athletes Program for children ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities
Area M offers local competitions in Alpine Skiing, Bowling, Equestrian and Ice Speed Skating
Over 1200 of our athletes compete in Athletics and Swimming at Area M Games held at Messiah College in April
Area M hosts multi-sport invitational competitions such as The Fall Sports Classic and The Spring Thing
We also host invitational competitions in Floor Hockey, Gymnastics and Roller Skating