Athletics was an event at the first Special Olympics International Games held in Chicago, Illinois in 1968. Athletics Training Season is usually from March to June. 

Details for area p athletics/track & Field Program

***AREA P hosts athletics/track & field programs in Lackawanna and Wayne counties.  Please see details below on each training location.***

LACKAWANNA COUNTY

SOPA Season: Spring

LocationSt Michaels Hall

Head Coach: Marge O’Neill

What to Expect

Training Specifics

Competition Dates

Equipment: We will provide all the required equipment.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with a uniform. Athletes are responsible for all other athletic apparel. Sneakers must be worn.

WAYNE COUNTY

SOPA Season: Spring

Location: Wayne County YMCA and Wayne Highlands Middle School Track

Head Coach: Deb O’Neill

What to Expect

Training Specifics

Competition Dates

Equipment: We will provide all the required equipment.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with a uniform. Athletes are responsible for all other athletic apparel. Sneakers must be worn.

**IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS** 

ALL athletes must have a current medical (on Special Olympics PA medical form) that runs through the end of the season. If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule since it poses a safety risk to the entire program. An up-to-date medical must always be on file with the coach as well as sent to the program manager for filing.

ALL athletes must attend at least 8 trainings and participate in qualifiers to be eligible to compete in State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).

ALL athletes can participate in multiple sports during the same season, but must declare a primary sport for State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).