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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
June 19, 2006
Over 2,000 athletes and coaches were the honored guests at Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, June 15 as this fun and inspiration-filled evening kicked off two days of exciting competition at Special Olympics New York’s Summer Games held at the University at Albany, Siena College, Albany Academy for Girls and Sunset Lanes.
Impending bad weather moved the ceremonies inside but could not dampen the athletes’ tremendous anticipation of coming events. Seated by their New York State delegations, each region distinguished by a different but equally vibrant tee-shirt color, the groups of athletes created an animated mosaic of unbounded enthusiasm.
Emcees Rich Becker of Fox 23 News and Yolanda Vega of New York State Lottery welcomed the packed crowd of athletes, coaches, dignitaries and spectators, setting a jubilant tone. The University at Albany Color Guard procession gave pageantry to this tone. The national anthem was nicely rendered by the lead singer of the Flame of Rock band which also performed to the delight of all attending.
For the speakers’ program, thoughts about the courage and joy of Special Olympics competition were shared by University at Albany’s President Kermit Hall, County Executive Mike Breslin, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, and the games’ co-chairs Mona Golub of Price Chopper Supermarkets and Shawn Williams of GE Silicones. The Athletes’ Oath offered a suitable finish to the oratory.
Lavishly robed Knights of Columbus preceded the dynamic New York State Corrections’ Emerald Society Pipe Band, eliciting cheers from the athletes. The Law Enforcement Torch Run arrived, having brought the Flame of Hope on a 1,000-mile journey across New York State. Over three hundred cheerleaders from local schools further enlivened the gathering as new recruits from the State Police Academy, along with many other Law Enforcement Torch Run members from across the state ran the flaming torch up the center aisle.
Special Olympics athletes Kara Siddons and Chuck Probst, both of Albany, joined the final leg of the run and proudly carried the Flame of Hope to the Special Olympics cauldron, lighting it as Neal J. Johnson, President and CEO of Special Olympics declared the Games officially open.
For the next two days the athletes took to the sporting grounds, demonstrating their talent and skills at track and field, aquatics, basketball, bowling, gymnastics, powerlifting, tennis and volleyball. Venues in addition to the University at Albany included Siena College, Albany Academy for Girls and Sunset Recreation Bowling Lanes.
Special Olympics New York Board Chairman Richard Salinardi said, “The true meaning of the competition is that the athletes prove to themselves that they can do something. Many of the athletes when they start to compete don’t have the skills. They don’t have the skills because they don’t have the opportunities. Through training, they develop their abilities and then all of a sudden they’re in a real competition and they have real results.”
Said athlete and global messenger Stephen Caruso, “We worked hard to get here this whole past year, just to come out and watch and see what these athletes can do because they can really surprise you.”
As records were broken and medals were won with pride; what was most important for those two days came true; all our Special Olympics athletes had fun.
A special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor; Price Chopper Supermarkets, and to these supporters: Gold Sponsor; GE Silicones; Statewide Sponsors New York Lottery and New York State United Teachers; Silver Sponsors AXA Financial Advisors, Fraternal Order of Police and Federation of NY Insurance Professionals; Media Sponsors Fox23 News, ClearChannel Radio and the Times Union; Bronze Sponsors Capital Communications FCU, CSEA, Keeler Motor Car Company, Symantec Corporation, Community Foundation for the Capital Region and Desmond Hotel & Conference Center.
June 14, 2006
2006 Summer Games is New York State�s largest Special Olympics Competition Final preparations now begin for Special Olympics New York’s 2006 Summer Games to be held at the University at Albany June 15 to 18, presented by Price Chopper Supermarkets. More than 2,000 athletes and coaches from across the state will attend the Games, the largest of more than 400 Special Olympics competitions held annually in New York.
Summer Games competitions include aquatics, basketball, bowling, gymnastics, powerlifting, track & field, tennis and volleyball. University at Albany is the host venue and will be the site of most competitions. Additional venues include Siena College, Albany Academy for Girls and Sunset Recreation Bowling Lanes.
“The University at Albany community is pleased to welcome, once again, the athletes, families, and coaches of the Special Olympics New York 2006 Summer Games to our campus and provide the venues and facilities for fostering teamwork, volunteerism, spirit, pride, and achievement,” said President Kermit L. Hall. “As an academic institution, these ideals are part of our everyday mission at the University and we’re proud to uphold this tradition.”
On Thursday, June 15 at 8:00 PM, the pageantry and entertainment of Opening Ceremonies will begin at University Field. This traditional event includes the parade of athletes, the completion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron to signify the start of the Games. Opening Ceremonies and all Summer Games competitions are free and open to the public.
“We anticipate an outstanding experience,” said Neal J. Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Special Olympics New York. “On behalf of our athletes, I invite the Capital Region community to join our celebration and support the Summer Games by attending both the Opening Ceremonies and the competitions. We promise it will be both fun and tremendously rewarding.”
Participating in the Summer Games will be over 1600 athletes and 500 coaches as well as 150 support personnel, 2000 local volunteers and 400 family members. Athletic competitions on Friday, June 16 serve as divisioning events, followed by medaling events on Saturday, June 17. Those athletes winning gold medals will qualify for the World Games in 2008 in Shanghai, China.
Additional offerings during the competitions include Olympic Village and Healthy Athletes; health screenings which help Special Olympics athletes improve their health and fitness, leading to an improved sports experience and well-being. This year’s program includes Fit Feet, FUNFitness, Special Smiles and Health Promotion.
According to Johnson, it is the aim of Special Olympics to demonstrate that when people with and without intellectual disabilities are brought together by its year-round program of training and competition that myths are dispelled, attitudes are changed, and new opportunities to embrace and celebrate people with intellectual disabilities are created.
“You have to be happy when you’re chosen for Summer Games,” said aquatics athlete Steve Caruso. “Sportsmanship is one thing they look for in who goes and doesn’t go. How you face up to winning and losing. How well you treat your team. We’re all winners in my book. We all have fun. I know I try my hardest. My slogan is: Never give up, always keep trying. I can’t believe how far I’ve gotten in my life.”
In addition to Price Chopper Supermarkets, Summer Games are made possible through the generosity of Gold Sponsor GE Silicones; Statewide Sponsors New York Lottery and New York State United Teachers; Silver Sponsors AXA Financial Advisors and Federation of NY Insurance Professionals; Media Sponsors Fox 23 News, ClearChannel Radio and the Times Union; Bronze Sponsors Capital Communications FCU, CSEA, Keeler Motor Car Company, Fraternal Order of Police, Symantec Corporation, Community Foundation for the Capital Region and Desmond Hotel & Conference Cen