Penn State Schuylkill & Special Olympics of Schuylkill County create partnership

The Paterno family and Penn State University have a long and generous history of supporting Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. Each year they host the Annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run during Blue and White Weekend. This event raises funds to benefit Special Olympics of Pennsylvania and nearly 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

This year, the Paterno family is expanding their reach by including Penn State Schuylkill as the first Commonwealth campus to host a 5K the same weekend, Saturday, April 18, 2015! All of the money raised by the participants in the Paterno Family Island 5K Run will be used to support Special Olympics of Schuylkill County.

The Schuylkill Haven Recreation Department is proud to partner with Special Olympics of Schuylkill County and Penn State Schuylkill to provide a beautiful park and course route. Island Park is an ideal location where runners will start and end the race. The course route will include a brisk run through a quiet neighborhood in Schuylkill Haven.     

Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and the 5K race starts at 9:00 a.m. Registration for the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will be from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. and then the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will be held at 10:00 a.m. 

The Penn State Nittany Lion will be present, there will be face painting, delicious samples of Yuengling's Ice Cream will be available, Healthy Haven will have an informational tent, and many other community organizations will be in attendance.

On line registration is available at

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 570-294-2423.