Capital District Regional Update – 8/15/2013


The 2nd Annual Co-Ed Softball Tournament to support Special Olympics
Saturday, August 17th Jenkinsville Park, Queensbury

This Saturday will be the 2nd Annual Co-Ed Softball Tournament to benefit Special Olympics. Teams from throughout the Glens Falls/Queensbury area will be competing, but more importantly raising funds and awareness about Special Olympics. Special Olympics has put together a team of athletes, volunteers and staff, so stop by to cheer us and the rest of the teams on!

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Deb Call at (518) 307-3984.
Thanks to the Call and Reynolds families for their hard work and dedication to making this event a huge success!

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Capital District Regional Update – 7/10/2013


2013 Fall Sports Conference
Tuesday, July 16th at AIM Services

The 2013 Fall Sports Conference will be at AIM Services at 4427 NY 50 in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, July 16th. Schedule is as follows:

Registration 4:45
General Session: 5:00
Around the Region: 6:30
Coaches Recertification: 7:00
For experienced coaches, the most important portions to attend are Around the Region and Coachs Recertification. For new coaches and volunteers, General Session is required.
To register, click here, or contact Nathan at

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Capital District Regional Update – 7/3/2013

Here is the most recent Capital Region Update!
Wishing you a very safe and relaxing Independence Day Holiday!!
– Nathan, Brian, Michelle and Erin
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Emily Stephen – Local Athlete Has One Last Stop On Way To 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Republic of Korea

January 22, 2013 – SCHENECTADY, NY – After months of preparation, five athletes from Special Olympics New York will finally be on their way to the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in the Republic Korea. The team has one last stop though: all 213 members of Special Olympics Team USA will gather in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 24 for a special send-off ceremony at 7 p.m. PT at the Crowne Plaza in Los Angeles before leaving for Korea Friday, January 25.
Amongst the dignitaries joining the team for the send-off celebration will be two-time US Olympic gold medalist and soccer legend Julie Foudy, and Special Olympics Southern California Co-founder and two-time US Olympic decathlon gold medalist, Rafer Johnson.

The 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games take place January 29-February. Special Olympics Team USA is comprised of 152 athletes and 61 volunteer coaches/staff members from throughout the United States. The athletes are competing in alpine skiing (43 athletes), cross country skiing (27 athletes), snowboarding (9 athletes), snowshoeing (17 athletes), speed skating (11 athletes), figure skating (11 athletes), floor hockey (24 athletes and 10 unified partners).

In the heart of the competition will be Saratoga’s own Emily Stephen, who will compete in Alpine Skiing. Emily is 28 years old and has been competing in Special Olympics for over 14 years. She started training in Equestrian, and over the years has participated in swimming, basketball, volleyball, track and field, bowling and alpine skiing. She has traveled all across New York State to compete, including Rochester, Utica, Long Island, Buffalo and Syracuse. Emily is also a Global Messenger and has spoken at various events including the Satins, Silks & Stars Gala.

During the week Emily attends program at Battenkill Community Services and spends her free time training at the gym for the World Games. She is excited about the entire experience, from learning about the South Korean culture to meeting new people and competing on such an elite level. Her favorite part about participating in Special Olympics is being with friends, traveling and competing in her favorite sports.

This is the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games. It will unite more than 2,400 athletes from more than 110 countries in PyeongChang and Gangneung, South Korea. 15,000 family, friends, volunteers and spectators are expected to attend.

Special Olympics Team USA is sponsored by Finish Line, Karbon, MTM Recognition, and American Federation of Teachers.

Follow Special Olympics Team USA and the World Games
Twitter: @SOTeamUSA and #SOTeamUSA
Official Games Site:

About Special Olympics New York
Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through their participation in Special Olympics New York athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image, which carries into the classroom, the home, the workplace and the community. There are 55,698 Special Olympic Athlete competing year-round throughout the state at no cost to them, their families or their caregivers.

About Special Olympics World Games
Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter Games, this event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes equality, tolerance and acceptance around the world. More than 4 million Special Olympics athletes train and compete in more than 170 nations across the globe.
The Special Olympics World Games features challenging and inspiring international competition among thousands of athletes, making it the world’s second largest sports event, after the Olympic Games. The culmination of years of athletic training and competition, the World Games bring together adults and children with intellectual disabilities to compete on the world’s great athletic stages.

For more information on Emily Stephen Olympics Team USA athlete, contact Special Olympics New York Director of Development, Brian McDonald at 518-388-0790 ext. 108 or

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