Montgomery County SOPA Athlete Recognized with Sheetz Family Award of Excellence

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Katie Spencer, a Special Olympics Pennsylvania athlete from Worcester, is the recipient of this year’s 2021 Sheetz Family Award of Excellence, according to a staff report from The Times Herald.

She was recognized for her distinguished sportsmanship and perseverance throughout the Games on June 18, during Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Virtual Summer Games.

Spencer is a six-sport athlete who participates in basketball, soccer, bocce, floor hockey, bowling, and unified softball.

During the pandemic, she became a Global Messenger, and as such she successfully recruited 50 athletes and coaches to take part in SOPA’s Fitness Heptathlon.

“Even through a difficult year, Katie has been determined to help the Special Olympics and encourage the organization’s athletes to participate in upcoming events,” said Sheetz Public Relations Manager Nick Ruffner.

She was also selected to virtually take part in the Special Olympics’ Capitol Hill Day to advocate for continued funding in support of inclusive education and health initiatives aimed at people with intellectual disabilities. Spencer was recognized for these efforts with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Madeleine Dean.

In addition, she has joined the Montgomery County Athlete Leadership Team.

Read more about Katie Spencer in The Times Herald.