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).

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK BRINGS SUMMER GAMES TO ALBANY JUNE 14-16

June 4, 2007

Volunteers still needed to make the Summer Games a success Schenectady, N.Y. – Special Olympics New York will host its annual Summer Games at the University at Albany, June 14-16, presented by Price Chopper Supermarkets. More than 2,000 athletes and coaches from across New York State will join 2,000 volunteers at the competition, the largest Special Olympics competition held annually in New York.
Summer Games showcases the achievements of Special Olympics athletes from throughout the state. The event is free and open to the public, and parking is available. Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, June 14, at 7:30 PM include the traditional lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron to signify the start of the Games, along with the Parade of Athletes and the completion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The evening will conclude with a skydiving performance and fireworks.
Volunteers for Summer Games are urgently needed. “They are our core work group and we value their contributions,” said Penny Page, director of volunteer management. “Without volunteers, there would be no games. It is our goal to make their experience a great one.” Opportunities include timing sporting events, lunch-making and assisting clinicians in athlete health screenings. Registration forms are available for download at www.specialolympicsNY.org and, once printed, can be faxed to 518-388-0795, or call 518-388-0790.

At the Summer Games the Capital District Express, the gold medal volleyball team from the Capital Region, prepares for competition at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in China this October, the highlight competition for the team this season.

“The team is really excited about the World Games. It’s an opportunity for us to show people what we can do,” said Kevin Brown, volleyball team captain and Special Olympics athlete of 33 years. “Without Special Olympics, I wouldn’t be able to have what I have: medals, my job, freedoms; I probably wouldn’t be where I am now.” The October games in China will be the sixth World Games competition for Brown.
According to Neal J. Johnson, president and CEO, Special Olympics aims to demonstrate that, when people with and without intellectual disabilities are brought together by its year-round program of training and competition, myths are dispelled, attitudes are changed and new opportunities to embrace and celebrate people with intellectual disabilities are created.

In addition to Price Chopper Supermarkets, Summer Games are made possible through the generosity of Statewide Sponsors New York Lottery and New York State United Teachers; Law Enforcement Torch Run; Media Sponsors Fox 23 News, ClearChannel Radio and the Times Union; Gold Sponsor American Legion Auxiliary; Silver Sponsor Knights of Columbus; and Bronze Sponsors Civil Service Employees Association, Capital Communications Federal Credit Union, Community Foundation for the Capital Region, Federation of New York Insurance Professionals, Keeler Motor Car Company and National Grid.

2007 Summer Games – Volunteers Needed

April 30, 2007

Sports Spectacular set for June 14 to 16 in Albany. All events free and open to the public. SCHENECTADY – Special Olympics New York’s 2007 Summer Games, presented by Price Chopper Supermarkets, is just weeks away, and volunteers are needed to fill key roles in support of the Games. For more information on volunteering, please visit www.specialolympicsNY.org and click on Summer Games, or email volunteer@nyso.org.

Volunteers are needed to:

Present medals, support opening ceremonies, distribute lunches, set up (and break down) sports venues, and support the Ice Cream Social and Victory Dance.
Staff the following athletic venues: Aquatics, Basketball, Bowling, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Track & Field, Tennis and Volleyball.

“We always receive great support from the residents, business groups and civic organizations in the Capital Region for our many training programs and athletic events” said Special Olympics New York President and CEO, Neal J. Johnson. “We are extremely grateful for the community’s contribution to our Summer Games.”

Special Olympics New York, which does not charge athletes to participate, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 22 Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 2,000 athletes and coaches will take part in the Summer Games, returning to the University at Albany for the second year.

The Summer Games is the largest of more than 400 competitions held each year throughout New York. All events are free and open to the public

Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, June 14 at 7:30 PM will feature the traditional Parade of Athletes plus fireworks, skydivers, dance and musical entertainment and the conclusion of the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run, the torch relay which brings the Flame of Hope to light the Special Olympics Cauldron.

Athletic Competition is on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, in eight Olympic-style summer sports. For a detailed schedule visit www.specialolympicsNY.org

In addition to Price Chopper Supermarkets, Summer Games are made possible through the generosity of Statewide Sponsors New York Lottery and New York State United Teachers; Media Sponsors Fox 23 News, ClearChannel Radio and the Times Union; Gold Sponsor American Legion Auxiliary; Silver Sponsor Knights of Columbus; and Bronze Sponsors Civil Service Employees Association, Capital Communications Federal Credit Union, Community Foundation for the Capital Region, Federation of New York Insurance Professionals, Keeler Motor Car Company and National Grid.


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