Media Advisory – Special Olympics New York Seeking Entertainment for State Fall Games Community Festival

WHO:                    Special Olympics New York

WHAT:                Community Festival surrounding the 2012 State Fall Games

WHEN:                Friday, October 19th, 4pm-7:30pm

WHERE:             Glens Falls Civic Center

1 Civic Center Plaza

Glens Falls, NY 12081

WHY:                    Calling all Stilt walkers, balloonists, ice cream trucks, cotton candy vendors, hot dog vendors and entertainers in the Glens Falls area!

 

Special Olympics New York is hosting a ‘Community Festival’ prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 State Fall Games and we want you to be a part of it!  This event is free and open to the public and SONY Athletes and Coaches who will be traveling in from all over the New York State to attend!

 

Details:

Tent at Glens Falls Civic Center

Friday, October 19, 2012

Arrival/Set up by 4pm- Finish at 7:30pm

Opening Ceremonies start at 8 – all are invited to attend!

Please contact Stacy Gioeli at 518-388-0790 x111 or sgioeli@nyso.org if you would like to participate!

Special Olympics New York’s 2012 State Fall Games are among three annual State Games and more than 400 competitive experiences held each year throughout New York. Nearly 900 athletes and coaches from across the state will be competing in seven Olympic-style sports including bocce, cycling, cross county, equestrian, softball, soccer and golf. All events are free and open to the public.

Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in 22 sports, the Young Athlete Program and the Motor Activities Training Program – at no cost to the athlete, their families or caregivers.

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Media Inquiries:

Special Olympics New York:

Michelle Iorizzo, 518-388-0790 ext. 109, miorizzo@nyso.org

Community Members Sit On Games Organizing Committee For Special Olympics New York State Fall Games

Glens Falls, NY – In just 3 weeks nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches from across New York State will attend the 2012 State Fall Games, October 19th and 20th, at various venues throughout Glens Falls. The State Fall Games are one of three annual state games and more than 3,500 total competitive experiences held each year throughout New York. This event would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our Games Organizing Committee, who work tirelessly to ensure that Special Olympics athletes have the best possible experience.

Prominent members of the Glens Falls community sitting on this year’s Games Organizing Committee include Chair, Amy Collins of the City of Glens Falls, Glens Falls Police Department Chief William Valenza, Gail Hamel of Hamel Resources LLC, Chris Lawrence of the Glens Falls Civic Center, Deb Rowell of Community, Work, Independence, Inc., Jocelyn Blanchard of the Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center, Rene Clements of the Greater Glens Falls Senior Citizens Center, Stacie Lucas from the Office of Senator Betty Little and Will Groff from the Glens Falls Family YMCA, among others. Honorary Chair of the 2012 State Fall Games is Senator Betty Little.

“I came back to be a part of the 2012 games because I had such a positive, uplifting experience. I wanted to do whatever I could to make the whole thing a success,” said Games Organizing Committee member Stacie Lucas.

These individuals have put in countless hours of time and effort to make the following events possible, which are free and open to the public.

Community Fall Games Festival and Opening Ceremonies, Friday, October 19th, Glens Falls Civic Center

Kick off to the start of State Fall Games from 4:30pm-7:30pm with the Community Fall Games Festival! This festival will feature a Cooley’s Ice Cream Truck, ADK Hot Air Balloon, a Rag-tag Walkabout Balloon, cotton candy, food stands, carnival games, music, and the Batman and the Batmobile! At 8pm Opening Ceremonies will begin, offering 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.

Athletic Competition, Saturday, October 20th, 8:30am-4:00pm

Nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches from across the state will participate in seven Olympic-style sports including:

  • Bocce – Adirondack Sports Complex
  • Cross Country Running- Glens Falls YMCA – Cole’s Woods
  • Cycling – Glens Falls YMCA
  • Equestrian –  Skidmore College – Van Lennep Riding Center
  • Golf Team & Skills -Hiland Country Club
  • Soccer Team – Morse Athletic Complex
  • Softball Team  – Morse Athletic Complex and Adirondack Sports Complex

Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world.  With 55,698 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.

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Michelle Iorizzo – Special Olympics New York,  518-388-0790 x109 | miorizzo@nyso.org

Media Advisory – Press Conference Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 11:00 AM

 

Announcing

Special Olympics New York

2012 State Fall Games to be held in Glens Falls

 

 

WHO:                  Mayor J. Diamond, Mayor City of Glens Falls

Betty Little, New York Senator

Lee Czajkowski, Special Olympics New York Athlete

Neal Johnson, President and CEO, Special Olympics New York

WHAT:      Press Conference by the City of Glens Falls welcoming Special Olympics New York’s 2012 State Fall Games.

WHEN:      11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 18th

WHERE:    Glens Falls City Hall, 42 Ridge Street,  Glens Falls, NY 12081

WHY:         Special Olympics New York’s 2012 State Fall Games are among three annual State Games and more than 3,500 competitive experiences held each year throughout New York. Nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches from across the state will be competing in seven Olympic-style sports including Bocce, Cycling, Cross County, Equestrian, Softball, Soccer and Golf. All events are free and open to the public.

Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in 22 sports, the Young Athlete Program and the Motor Activities Training Program – at no cost to the athlete, their families or caregivers.

 

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Media Inquiries:

Special Olympics New York:

Michelle Iorizzo, 518-388-0790 ext. 109, miorizzo@nyso.org , cell 518-380-0909 (media inquiries only)

Robert Sansaricq – Athlete from the Capital District

February 14, 2012 –

Robert Sansaricq turned 20 on September 16 and lives in Ghent, NY with his mom and dad. His three older sisters have relocated to the NYC area to start their individual careers. Robert goes to the Wildwood School in Albany and is in their “Young Adult program”. Robert’s favorite and most successful sport is running, although, he also enjoys swimming, music, the visual arts, and staying overnight in a variety of his favorite hotels. He has great logo and brand recognition. Robert has classic autistic features that, in his case, involve a severe speech deficit, which makes his needs and initiatives difficult to express. One of his greatest forms of expression and physical release is his running.
Robert has the physical build and efficient style of a distance runner. He is 5′ 9″ and 130 lbs. with steely concentration and determination when running. Robert thoroughly loves the freeing quality of running along country trails and quiet roads in Columbia County. I know this because as his father, coach and best bud, we run and cross-train together year-round. I have come to know so much more about Robert’s personality and will to succeed because of the quality time we spend on the roads and at home. He is a perfect joy to be with. I would not want Robert to be anyone else but who he is today. robertTogether, this “father and son” team is making strides to change the community landscape one person at a time towards greater awareness, inclusion and acceptance of individuals with special needs or individuals who are simply perceived to be different. We, as a community are more similar than dissimilar to those individuals with special needs. I speak from my heart when I say I am happy with my son just the way he is and proud to walk, and often run, the streets of our community shoulder to shoulder, with him.

The story of Robert’s running feats began about a year and half ago. At first, we ran just a few miles at a time and then I began to realize Robert had the talent, cardiovascular capacity, and stride of a great runner. Currently Robert is a 5k or 3.1 mile specialist but we are trying out longer distances to see how he manages. His weekly mileage average is about 15 – 20 miles, which includes hills and road work. Robert does not like the structure of a track. We also do cross-training to improve conditioning and avoid injury, which includes light weights, sit-ups, swimming and snowshoeing (weather permitting). I watch him like a hawk to avoid injuries. Even with a hint of something developing I curtail his training program. So far so good, no injuries. You can tell Robert is comfortable and happy when he gives you a look with a big smile, curls up his hands and wrists against his chest, and screeches with glee! If you ask him how he feels he will say, “happy!” If he is not, he will be distant, look away, and silent.

Over a series of wonderful 5K community events which have taken us from “Silks & Satins” in Saratoga to the “Dutchess Classic” in Poughkeepsie, Robert has competed bravely and has impressed and moved people with his subtle, innocent charm and talent. His hand shake is soft but his heart is strong. Robert’s best time in the 5K was 20:36 at last year’s “Run Away the Stigma” in North Greenbush. As Robert is consistently under 21 minutes for the 5K, I decided to try him out in a half marathon or 13.1 miles, with no specific goal except to use it as a training run. This was last week’s Hudson Mohawk Half Marathon. The run spans from North Colony Town park along the Hudson to the Albany Corning preserve. I was amazed to see how resilient and determined Robert really is. He finished 2nd in his age group and 92nd overall out of approximately 600 runners. Dad finished right behind him and was there to provide him with energy goo and fluids. Robert’s time was 1hr. 42 min.- pretty impressive for a “workout.” We had so much fun and got so much support from fellow runners and the communities along the way. Robert and I are members of the KinderhooK Runners Club. We love our club members. They are so supportive and are learning more about Robert with each group run. Incidentally, because of Robert’s running feats, which he shares with his teacher and school mates, Wildwood began a weekly running club in their gym whereby you earn a coupon with each lap you complete. The coupons are used to exchange for special treats. Happily, Robert earns 20 or more coupons at a time. Robert was also the first Special Olympics Athlete and student/worker from Wildwood to compete in the Workforce Challenge 2011 in Albany this past May. Starting right from the front line, Robert competed with over 8,000 athletes over a 3.5 mile course through the streets of downtown Albany.

The upcoming goals have adjusted with the discovery that Robert can go “long”. Next weekend Robert will join his Special Olympic Athletes for the Special Olympics New York Fall Games in Queensbury, NY. This will be a hilly 5K cross-country race. We are looking forward to this event, as it is affiliated with SONY, and Robert may get his wish and stay at a hotel! The next road race will be the 15K or 9.3 mile Stockade-a-thon in Schenectady. We now know Robert will finish the distance, but how well will he do? Come on over and cheer from the sidelines – “Go Robert!” or as bystander recently yelled out, which still resonates, “Go Father & Son”.


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