Capital District Regional Update – 12/1/2017

Thank all the new volunteers that have signed up for our regional report from the Academy of the Holy Names and the community. I welcome you to the Special Olympics NY family!

Special Olympics NY Athlete/Coach Rob Rogers Jr

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Press Release For Immediate Release

Date: November 15, 2017
Contact: Sarah Boink, Senior Director of Development
(518) 936-4468

The Finish Line is providing sneakers free of charge for a Capital Region Special Olympics Unified Basketball Team

Albany, NY – On Thursday, November 16th at 10 a.m. the Special Olympics New York Unified Basketball team will be on hand at the Crossgates Mall Finish Line location to be fitted and select the team shoe to kick-off the Finish Line annual holiday campaign.

The Unified basketball team was selected to represent Special Olympics New York in the 2018 Special Olympics USA National Games to be held in Seattle, Washington in July. The team is composed of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities and will compete against unified teams from across the country. The members of the team are current students and alumni of Columbia High School and all have participated on the Unified Basketball team at Columbia.

Unified sports is a partnership between Special Olympics New York and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) to provide interscholastic sports for students with and without intellectual disabilities. The program piloted in 2012 in Section 2 of NYSPHSAA with 12 schools. There are currently 129 schools participating across the state.

About the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games
The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Seattle, Washington July 1-6, 2018. More than 4,000 participants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, will compete in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement and its 50th anniversary; promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport; and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2018 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics’ work in sport, education, health and community-building. Special Olympics New York will be sending 52 athletes who will represent the state in volleyball, bocce, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, tennis, bowling, athletics, aquatics, and unified basketball.

2017 Finish Line Holiday Fundraising Campaign
For the sixth year in a row, Finish Line will be holding its annual holiday fundraising campaign benefiting Special Olympics from November 15 – December 31, 2017 at over 560 Finish Line stores across the United States*. Finish Line is a national partner of Special Olympics who provides robust volunteer support across the country and generates funds annually through its holiday fundraising campaign. Customers will be asked to make donations at check-out to benefit Special Olympics. In addition to in-store donations, customers will also be able to make online donations as well as round up their online purchases.

Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 22 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes, their families or caregivers. There are 71,889 athletes and unified partners that train and compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America.

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Capital District Regional Update – 10/3/2017

Super-Regional Softball Competition

October 7th, 2017

Nearly 300 coaches, Athletes and partners will compete in this multi-region event. This event is a full day of competition from 9:30am-4pm at the McBride Fields in Mechanicville, NY. We would love your support, come join these 17 teams as they go for the gold!

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Special Olympics New York Seeking Games Organizing Committee Members

Special Olympics New York
State Summer Games
Games Organizing Committee
Development Subcommittee

The Development Subcommittee works in collaboration with Special Olympics New York development staff to implement a comprehensive fundraising plan. By way of corporate sponsorships, torch sales, events and budget relieving in-kind donations, the Development Subcommittee is a critical component of the Games Organizing Committee (GOC).

•Assist with identifying and/or securing 2-5 local leaders to serve as members of the GOC Development Subcommittee
•Provide prospects for corporate and individual solicitations
•Serve as a community ambassador and leader of the State Summer Games, attend functions leading up to and on the weekend of the State Summer Games including the VIP reception the Friday evening of Opening Ceremonies June 15-17, 2018.
•Make a one-year time commitment, attend GOC Meetings and report on progress. Less than six (6) GOC meeting are held throughout the year and six (6) subcommittee meetings are held via phone. In person meetings are held at Siena College for one hour

Desired Outcomes
Raise $120,000 for State Summer Games from the local community through corporate giving, torch campaigns, individual gifts, partnerships, etc.

Contact Sarah Boink for further questions and/or information at or (518) 936-4468

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