Runway for the Gold Documentary

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Motor Activity Training Program: Growth and involvement in the Capital District

Special Olympics New York is proud to highlight its participation and growth within the Motor Activity Training Program. MATP caters to individuals with profound disabilities and is tailored to their functional abilities. We recently concluded our third year of programming with the Kevin G. Langan School. In addition, we are thrilled to report a successful new partnership with the Prospect Center in Queensbury, NY, which provides multi-faceted services for at-risk and developmentally disabled individuals.

The Capital District region of Special Olympics NY partnered with the Langan School’s Adaptive Physical Education Department in 2015, offering individualized MATP sports training throughout the school year. Athletes practice running, walking, wheelchair, MOVE device propel, jumping, badminton, softball, soccer, and basketball during their regularly scheduled APE class. Each athlete picks one sport/skill to focus on during the culminating event, although this past season aquatics was provided as an additional offering. A baseline was created, which was derived from the individuals preliminary score. Athletes attempted to beat this score at the culminating event and were awarded either a ribbon or medal, dependent on their performance.

Since its inception, the MATP program at the Kevin G. Langan School was designed to service the varying levels of ability of their students, while capitalizing on the knowledge of specifically trained staff. Students of the RAAVE (Responsibly Addressing Autism Via Education) Program and the MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) Program train within one of three levels. Each student requires a high level of individualized attention and use of assistive technology, which addresses the developmental delays and/or physical limitations of the student. Trained adaptive physical education teachers and aides work in a new state of the art therapy gymnasium to assess and train students in their chosen Special Olympic sport.

Embraced by the whole school, the MATP program at the Kevin G. Langan School has been a success. On May 25, 2017 and May 30, 2017 the school mascot, the Langan Lion, was joined by the school’s team of special education teachers, therapists, psychologists, social workers and medical professionals, to cheer on over 150 students during their culminating event. Nearly 60% of students received a medal on this day, each student vowing to beat their scores the following year. Each year, the Langan school of Albany has been able to grow their program, both in participation and in sports trained.

We recently added the Langan School at Prospect Center with the assistance of the faculty and administration at the Langan School of Albany. Similar in mission and implementation, the Prospect Center caters to the profoundly disabled ages 5-21. Although fundamentally similar, the Prospect center made some adaptations to their program, taking into account the students needs and abilities. Students trained in running, walking/wheelchair/MOVE device propel, badminton, softball, soccer, basketball, bowling, and shuffleboard. Adopting the same training schedule and program requirements, over 100 students competed in their first culminating event on June 2, 2017.
Both the Kevin G. Langan School and the Prospect Center are intent on the continuation and expansion of their MATP programs. Fully backed by the administration, their partnership with Special Olympics New York continues to grow. The hope of these programs is to inspire others like it across New York and beyond.

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At The Post Live to Feature Javier Castellano, Brian Lynch & Jimmy Patsos


Presented by NYRA Bets

Thursday, August 17 at the Parting Glass Pub from 8-9 p.m. ET

Nationally televised NYRA horse racing personality and pundit, host Andy Serling returns to the ESPN airwaves and on location at the Parting Glass Pub for a sixth season of At The Post Live, a one-of-a kind, destination live event programming, where racing and sports personalities, experts, stars and analysts come together around the annual American sports pilgrimage that is summer racing in historic Saratoga Springs.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 – 8:00 p.m. ET to 9:00 p.m. ET

LIVE on location at The Parting Glass Pub – 40 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Broadcast on ESPN Radio 104.5 FM “The Team” with webstreaming on Due to a Yankees broadcast conflict, this week’s show will air on ESPN Radio 104.5 FM “The Team” on Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET with an encore replay on Sunday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET.

Javier Castellano is one of the world’s best riders. He experienced his first major win in 2004 at the Breeders’ Cup Classic atop Ghostzapper, who would go on to earn the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year and other significant honors. In 2006, Castellano rode Bernardini to victory in the Preakness Stakes, the Travers Stakes, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup. He set a record with his fifth Travers win in 2015 aboard Keen Ice, upsetting Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. His previous Travers wins were aboard V. E. Day in 2014, Stay Thirsty in 2011, Afleet Express in 2010, and Bernardini in 2006. He is a favorite at Saratoga Race Course, championing four five-win days (Sept. 13, 2013/July 25, 2010/Sept. 3, 2005/Sept. 6, 2004), as well as the riding title in 2014. Castellano won his fourth consecutive Eclipse Awards in 2016 as Outstanding Jockey, and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Aug. 4, 2017. Castellano is going into this Saturday’s Alabama Stakes with three prior wins atop Embellish the Lace in 2015, Princess of Sylmar in 2013, and Pine Island in 2006.

Brian Lynch is a multiple-graded stakes winning trainer who started out as a professional bull rider on the rodeo circuit before taking out a trainer’s license for horse racing. In 2004, Lynch dispersed his stable to become the assistant to Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel. He saddled his first Grade 1 winner in the 2014 Longines Just a Game with Coffee Clique at Belmont and enjoyed a personal-best year in 2015 with seven graded stakes wins and total earnings of more than $4.2 million, bolstered by multiple graded stakes-winning millionaires Grand Arch, Clearly Now and Coffee Clique. In 2016, Lynch earned his first career Breeders’ Cup victory when Oscar Performance powered to a clear triumph in the Juvenile Turf. Oscar Performance is coming off a win in the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington last weekend, his second straight Grade 1 victory this season. Other top horses trained by Lynch include multiple graded stakes winners Sugar Swirl, Bay to Bay and Heart to Heart. Lynch’s Unchained Melody is one of the favorites in this weekend’s Alabama Stakes.

Jimmy Patsos came to Siena College after nine transformative years as the head coach of the Men’s Basketball program at Loyola University Maryland. He led Loyola to a school-record 24 wins and a MAAC Championship in 2011-12. The Greyhounds went 23-12, the following year, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Postseason Tournament (CIT). The two-year run marked the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in Loyola’s Division I history. On April 3, 2013, Patsos was named the 16th head coach in Siena Basketball history. In his first three seasons at the helm of the program, Patsos piloted the Saints to a pair of 20-win campaigns and national postseason tournament appearances—including the 2014 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Championship title. For the Saints’ immediate success, he was rewarded with a two-year contract extension from the college; lengthening the current deal through the 2020-21 season. This fall, Patsos will be entering his fifth season as the head coach of the program. He is a passionate horse racing fan and an annual featured guest on At The Post Live.

At The Post Live is produced by Camden Entertainment and is promoted in partnership with ESPN Radio 104.5, presenting partner NYRA Bets and participating partners, Capital OTB, the Daily Racing Form and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Proud community partners of the show include the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, Special Olympics New York, Belmont Child Care Association, Brave Will Foundation and the Parting Glass Pub. Follow At The Post Live on Twitter: @AtThePostLive and Facebook:

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Capital District Regional Update – 8/2/2017

“Being part of Special Olympics has made a big impact on my life by [teaching] me that there is nothing wrong with being different- it pushes me to be a better person.”

Rob Rogers, Jr.

Athlete, Coach, & Athlete Ambassador

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