"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt"

- Special Olympics Athlete Oath

2021 Area M Games - April 15, 2021 at Messiah College Cancelled

We are very sad to announce the news that Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s 51st Annual Area M Games will once again be cancelled as a result of  the continued concern related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety of our athletes and volunteers is of the utmost importance.


Serving a population where many are at a heightened risk (age, compromised immune systems, and/or medically fragile), Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) tries to keep our athletes safty at the forefront of all decisions.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  We look forward to seeing you at next year’s games, which are scheduled for April 21, 2022.


In the meantime, stay healthy and take care.  If you have any questions you can reach out to Kerry at kwevodau@specialolympicspa.org or Shannon at areamsports@specialolympicspa.org.

Area M Games is an Athletics (track & field) and Swimming competition hosted by Special Olympics PA - Area M. Over 1,300 athletes will be competing at this event. 

Area M Games is the largest competition hosted by a local Special Olympics program in Pennsylvania. The planning committee is made up of members of the community as well as students and faculty from Messiah College. Approximately 2,000 volunteers from the community and Messiah College help make this event possible and ensure a great time is had by our athletes on Games Day!

Registration Information:

T-Shirt LOGO Design Contest for more information click here

The JOYFUL SPIRIT AWARD will be awarded to an athlete participating at Area M Games who embodies the mission of Special Olympics PA experiencing joy and demonstrating courage while participating in Special Olympics. Nomination Forms are due March , 2022.

School Registration Forms:


Entry Level


Under 8 

Adult / Home school Registration Forms:


Track and Field



School Volunteer Registration Information:

  For instructions on how to register your students to be volunteers on Games Day CLICK HERE.                                                                                                                                                         After reading the instruction please complete the School Volunteer Registration form and submit it to Wendy Eppley at wendy.eppley@perspecta.com 

Volunteer Registration information:

Area M Games at Messiah College on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 8am - 2:30pm


If you have any questions about volunteering, please email us at spolvolunteer@gmail.com and someone will get back to you.

All Buddies MUST complete the below online buddy training.  We have created a training video that you will be able to watch at your convenience. Video training is REQUIRED FOR ALL BUDDIES and highly recommended for all volunteers.

Video 1- Overview 

Video 2- Be a Great Buddy

Video 3- To the Races

    Special Olympics PA Area-M

    55 Miller St.

    Summerdale, PA 17093


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