Special Olympics New York Athletes to Join Team USA for 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, Greece

December 10, 2010

Special Olympics New York Athletes to Join Team USA for 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, Greece
Neal J. Johnson, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York has announced that nine athletes from around the state have been selected to join Special Olympics Team USA for the World Summer Games to be held in Athens, Greece, June 25 – July 4, 2011.

Said Johnson, “Participation in World Games is a pinnacle achievement for any Special Olympics athlete. I am very proud of the athletes from New York State who will be attending these Games, which offer an unparalleled opportunity for competition and for helping Special Olympics spread its messages of tolerance, understanding and respect to all corners of the world.”

The athletes going to World Summer Games from Special Olympics New York:
• Alternate Shot Golf – Mistee Best, Avon, & Martha Pachuta, Perry – Genesee Region
• Bocce Team – Jason Gorski, Binghamton – Southern Tier Region
• Bocce Team – Kayla McKeon, North Syracuse – Central Region
• Golf Skills – Robert Pickard, Ballston Spa – Capital District Region
• Powerlifting – Kelleita Clayborne, Queens – NYC Region
• Powerlifting – Jermaine Edie , Livingston Manor – Hudson Valley Region
• Tennis – David Vizciano, Bronx – NYC Region
• Tennis – Sabrina Walker, Holbrook – LI Region

The World Summer Games will host some 7,500 athletes from 185 countries supported by 40,000 volunteers and 3,500 officials. It will bring together thousands of families and spectators as well as celebrities, journalists, dignitaries, heads of state and leaders in the fields of education, health care, business and sports, all in support of Special Olympics athletes as they compete and celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship. It will also mark the first time that our founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, two years after death will not be part of it.

Special Olympics athletes of all ability levels will compete in more than 22 different Olympic-style sports.

Special Olympics New York Athletes become eligible for selection by winning a Gold Medal at a previous State Games competition. As per our General Rules and criteria for advancement, those Gold Medal Athletes who meet the criteria for Team USA are selected randomly. Team USA will be holding its National Training Camp March 28 – April 1, in San Diego, California in preparation for the Games in Athens.

Special Olympics New York does not charge the athletes, their parents or caregivers to participate and relies on the contributions of individuals and sponsors to support this effort.

To find out more information about the Games or to contribute please contact Special Olympics New York at info@nyso.org or 518-388-0790