Thank You to Glens Falls and Everyone for a Fantastic State Fall Games!

November 2, 2011

 

More than 1,000 athletes and coaches along with their families attended the 2011 State Fall Games October, 21-22, in Glens Falls to share in the power of sport and the spirit of Special Olympics.

This was the first time these Games have been held in Glens Falls and by all accounts, the weekend was a great success. The Opening Ceremonies featured local talent and great community attendance. The venues were all first-rate and the athletes were supported by 1,000 enthusiastic volunteers as they competed in Bocce, Cross Country, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Soccer Team and Softball Team.

Thank you to our two Honorary Co-Chairs, State Senator Betty Little and Rick Emanuel, Publisher of The Post-Star. The Games Organizing Committee, led by GOC Chair Amy Collins, welcomed us into the community and we thank them for their support and collaboration during the months of planning for this event.

Special thanks to our Gold and Silver Sponsors – The Post-Star, CSEA, Knights of Columbus, NYSUT, Chobani, Federation of New York Professionals, Mattel, Amtrak and CR Bard.

We would also like to show our gratitude these sponsors for their support:

    • City of Glens Falls
    • Glens Falls Foundation
    • State Farm Insurance
    • The Fredette Family
    • CVS Caremark
    • Regional Radio Group
    • Stewarts
    • The Kiwanis Club of Glens Falls
    • Glens Falls National Bank
    • Applebee’s
    • Walmart
    • Mannix Marketing
    • Trampoline Design
    • Schaap Moving Systems
    • NBT
    • DialAmerica
    • Wells Communications
    • Arch Wireless
    • Senator Betty Little
    • Bozzuto’s
    • Adirondack Broadcasting Company
    • LookTV

 

 

Their generous contributions ensure that we can provide athletic training and competition at no cost to our athletes, their families or caregivers.

2011 State Fall Games – October 21-22, 2011 – Glens Falls, NY

September 7, 2011
2011 State Fall Games – October 21-22, 2011 – Glens Falls, NY

Glens Falls, NY – In just 2 weeks, more than 900 athletes and coaches from across New York State will attend 2011 State Fall Games, 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.

Thanks to the overwhelming support and generosity of the community, we are happy to announce that all the task-related volunteer roles are full except for the cheering section, “Fans in the Stands.” This is a very important role as many athletes travel far and do not always have the opportunity for their families to attend and cheer them on. So, we encourage you to attend the competitions and light the fire within these champions to give them that extra boost of encouragement to go for the gold. Sign in at Volunteer Registration, create a sign or banner at any of our Fan Stations located at each venue and have a great time cheering on our athletes!

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!

Athletic Competition, Saturday, October 22nd, 8:30am-4:00pm
More than 900 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
• 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, CSEA, Chobani, C.R. Bard and the Post Star.

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.

Glens Falls to Host Special Olympics New York’s 2011/2012 Fall Games

July 25, 2011

Neal J. Johnson, President and CEO of Special Olympics New York, has announced that its Board of Directors has awarded the bid to host the 2011 and 2012 State Fall Games to the Glens Falls community.

Fall Games is one of three annual state games and more than 3,500 total competitions held each year throughout New York. Nearly 800 athletes and coaches will be joining us from around the state. Five hundred volunteers from surrounding communities will be needed to support the event. New York State Senator Betty Little and Post Star Publisher Rick Emanuel will be the Honorary Chairs of the event.

Volunteers are needed to fill key roles in support of the Fall Games competitions:

Staff the following sports venues: Bocce, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Softball Team, and Soccer Team.

Set up/break down sports venues, and distribute lunch, and water to athletes and coaches.

Support our Opening Ceremonies.

Be Fans in the Stands at Opening Ceremonies and at sports venues, cheering the athletes on to victory.

Volunteer assignments will be given out up to October 7th; after that date all walk in volunteers are welcome. For more information and to register, or email Stacy Gioeli at volunteer@nyso.org . Volunteers can be individuals or groups.

Athletic competition takes place Saturday, October 22nd in 7 Olympic-style sports:
Bocce

Cross Country Running

Cycling

Equestrian

Golf Team & Skills

Soccer Team

Softball Team

Special Olympics New York, which does not charge athletes to participate, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for 51,809 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

For further information about sponsorship opportunities contact Renee Snyder at 518-388-0790 ext. 103 or 518-203-8348 (cell).


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