Ballston Spa Young Athletes Program – March 17th, 2018




Young Athletes Ballston Spa will host it’s 3rd class this weekend. This program is for our Athletes, and their friends or siblings, from ages 2-10. We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym in Ballston Spa will offer this program every 3rd Saturday of the month.


To register, please contact Eva:

!!TONIGHT!! is the Applebee’s 2018 Fundraiser in the Capital District!


March 15th, 2018



Applebee’s 2018 Fundraiser

Local law enforcement officers and Athletes from your community will be the Applebee’s wait staff by waiting on you!

Queensbury 255 Quaker Road, Queensbury Warren County Sheriffs, Wash County Sheriffs, Glens Falls PD, NYS Police
Saratoga Springs 3 Lowes Drive, Saratoga Saratoga County Sheriffs
East Greenbush 594 North Greenbush Rd, Rensselear East Greenbush PD, Troy PD, Rensselaer County Sheriffs
Latham 555 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham Colonie PD, NYS Police, Albany County Sheriffs
Scotia 268 Saratoga Rd Glenville Schenectady PD, Scotia PD, Glenville PD
Hudson 420 Fairview Ave, Hudson NYS Troopers
Glenmont 291 Route 9W, Glenmont Albany County Sheriffs


*Queensbury location will be doing lunch and dinner shifts on March 15th and March 16th

Special Olympics New York, Capital District Region Announces Delegation of Athletes Competing in USA Games 2018

Press Release For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Sarah Boink
(518) 936-4468

Special Olympics New York, Capital District Region is honored to announce our delegation of athletes competing in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle on July 1-6, 2018.

The Special Olympics USA Games is a Premier, National Sports Competition that Showcases the Power and Joy of Sports at the Highest Levels.

In addition to showcasing the awe-inspiring abilities of thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, the 2018 USA Games in Seattle will model the ideals of inclusion and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement.

Courtney Chadwick, Men’s Swimming

Liza Ambrosino, Female Tennis

Kathleen Rogan

Columbia High Unified Basketball Team

The USA Games take place every four years with previous host cities being: Ames, Iowa (2006); Lincoln, Nebraska (2010); and Lawrenceville, New Jersey (2014). Now, in its fourth running, the next Special Olympics USA Games will take place in Seattle in July 2018. From July 1-6, 2018 more than 4,000 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will descend upon Seattle and the surrounding region.

14 sports will be offered including Aquatics, Basketball and Soccer. About 10,000 volunteers will be recruited to support the Games. 10,000 family members and friends and 70,000 spectators are expected to attend.
Venues include the University of Washington, King County Aquatic Center, Seattle University and Celebration Park. The Special Olympics USA Games will be the biggest sporting event to hit the Seattle area in more than 25 years.
The 2018 USA Games will serve as a catalyst for the City of Inclusion initiative and will showcase the work Seattle area businesses and organizations are doing to create a community where people with intellectual disabilities are meaningfully and fully welcome and valued.
#RiseWithUs #2018USAGames

Local Special Olympics Athlete Selected to Participate in Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Races at X Games Aspen

January 25 2018 – When X Games Aspen returns to celebrate its 17th year in Aspen Snowmass, Colo., from January 25-28, the winter action sports and youth lifestyle festival will descend upon Buttermilk Mountain and showcase the talents of more than 200 world-class athletes from around the globe. X Games Aspen 2018 – with live coverage on ESPN and ABC and an extensive array of content across digital platforms – is also presenting a Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding dual slalom competition on Thursday, Jan. 26. Each team will consist of one Special Olympics athlete and one X Games athlete participating in the dual giant slalom race on Buttermilk Mountain. Each of the team members will take one run on each of the two competition courses, with the professional athletes racing against one another and the Special Olympics athletes racing one another. The combined best times of each team will determine the results.

As one of only 8 Special Olympics athletes, Special Olympics New York’s own Zachary Elder was chosen to participate in Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Races as part of this year’s X Games in Aspen, Colorado on Thursday, January 25th from 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. MST. The event will be streamed live on the ESPN3 with additional highlights incorporated into the X Games Aspen coverage on ESPN and ABC throughout the weekend.

Zachary Elder Biography
• Age: 22
• Total Years with Special Olympics: 11
• Total Years Snowboarding: 13
• While Zach is a person with autism, he defines himself first as a snowboarder. His dream is to help children and young adults with cognitive-based disabilities experience snowboarding and hopefully make it a choice for life. He was the first snowboarding member of the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s Race Team and serves as Ambassador for the Ride2Live Project. Today, Zach is a two-time X-Games (Aspen, CO) medalist for Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding, winning Bronze with Scotty James and Silver with Danny Davis. He is also a 13-time National Medalist in the USASA’s Slalom, GS, Boardercross, and Banked Slalom (Copper Mountain, CO). Recently, he helped bring together the ASF, USASA, and Special Olympics to host New York State’s first Unified Snowboarding race outside of the X-Games in Windham, NY, in January 2017, and the next Unified Snowboarding race is expected to take place February 11, 2018 at Windham (NY) Mountain Resort

X Games and Olympic Snowboard SuperPipe gold medalist and Special Olympics Global Ambassador Hannah Teter helped bring the Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Races to X Games four years ago as an official part of the XGames lineup. The Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding races combine athletes – with and without intellectual disabilities – as teammates to showcase the power of Special Olympics’ Unified Sports®, which helps unite communities and foster an environment of acceptance and inclusion. More than a million people worldwide take part in Special Olympics Unified Sports® competitions, helping to break down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor and official media sponsor of Special Olympics Unified Sports®.

About ESPN
ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment company, features more than 50 assets – seven U.S. television networks, ESPN International, ESPN Radio,, ESPN The Magazine, and more. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by The Hearst Corporation.

About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5 million athletes and Unified partners in more than 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Microsoft, Lions Clubs International, Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, and Safilo Group. Click here for a full list of partners. Engage with us on: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and our blog on Medium.


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