2011 State Fall Games Just 2 Days Away!

September 19, 2011

Glens Falls, NY – Only 2 days until more than 1,000 athletes and coaches from across New York State will come together for the 2011 State Fall Games! Opening ceremonies and athletic competitions will take place on October 21st and 22nd at various venues throughout Glens Falls. The State Fall Games are one of three annual state games and more than 3,500 total competitions held each year throughout New York. All events are free and open to the public.

Honorary Co-Chairs of the State Fall Games are New York State Senator Betty Little and Rick Emanuel, publisher of the Post Star.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Opening Ceremonies, Friday, October 21st, 7:00 PM, Glens Falls Civic Center
This event offers athletes, families, coaches and fans an evening of fun and celebration. Numerous Glens Falls community members are participating in the event, bringing the area in touch with Special Olympics athletes from across the state. The night will start with the Parade of Athletes brought in by the Glens Falls City School Band, followed by the Honor Guards, motivational speakers, local dancers and live music by TJ Fredette. Come out, enjoy the entertainment and watch as area Law Enforcement escort the Torch into Opening Ceremonies declaring the games open!

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics is a year-round fundraising and awareness movement organized by law enforcement officers from around the world. The Torch Run provides local law enforcement officers with an opportunity to volunteer with Special Olympics in the communities where they live and work. This year, officers from the following departments will carry the “Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremonies of the State Fall Games in Glens Falls, NY: Glens Falls Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, Bronxville Police Department, New York State Department of Corrections, Rensselaer City Police Department.

Law Enforcement Officers from these departments will also be handing out awards to athletes at each competition venue.

Athletic Competition, Saturday, October 22nd, 8:30am-4:00pm
More than 1,000 athletes and coaches from across the state will participate in seven Olympic-style sports including:
• Bocce – ADK Sports Complex, 326 Sherman Avenue, Queensbury, NY
• Cycling – Queensbury High School, 409 Aviation Road, Queensbury, NY
• Cross Country – Queensbury High School, 409 Aviation Road, Queensbury, NY
* Note: Events from 9:30am – 10:30 am within this competition will be crossing main intersections on Aviation Rd. and may hinder traffic.*
• Equestrian – Dream Catcher Ranch, 155 Burquist Road, Fort Ann, NY
• Golf – Hiland Park Country Club, 195 Haviland Road, Queensbury, NY
• Soccer – Morse Athletic Complex, Sherman Avenue, Glens Falls, NY
• Softball – ADK Sports Complex, 326 Sherman Avenue, Queensbury, NY and
Morse Athletic Complex, Sherman Avenue, Glens Falls, NY

Corporate sponsors making this event possible include the Knights of Columbus, Mannix Marketing, Look TV, CSEA, Chobani, NYSUT, Look TV, Adirondack Broadcasting, C.R. Bard, Trampoline Design and the Post Star.

The fun doesn’t stop here! Take a dip into the icy waters of Lake George and help raise money and awareness for Special Olympics New York athletes! The Lake George Polar Plunge will take place at Shephard’s Cove Beach on November 19th. Registration begins at 9am, Plunge at noon. Too chicken to Plunge? Join our Chicken Coop and receive all the same incentives as Plungers, preferred Plunge viewing, food and beverages and lots of fun and entertainment without even having to dip a big toe in! All ages are welcome to Plunge! Information and registration for the Lake George Polar Plunge will be available at all venues. Visit our website at www.tinyurl.com/LGPlunge2011 or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lakegeorgeplunge.

Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world. With 51,809 athletes, Special Olympics New York is the largest chapter in North America and the 6th largest chapter in the world. Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in 22 sports, the Young Athletes Program and the Motor Activities Training Program – at no cost to the athlete, their families or their caregivers.