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.
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Twitter: @SOTeamUSA and #SOTeamUSA
Official Games Site:http://www.2013sopoc.org/hb/eng
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All events are free and open to the public. Competitions will occur rain or shine!
WHO: Nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches and nearly 1,000 spectators and volunteers
WHAT: Special Olympics New York State Fall Games
WHEN: Fall Games Festival Friday, October 19th 4:30pm-7:30pm
Opening Ceremonies Friday, October 19th 8:00pm-10:00pm
Competitions on Saturday, October 20th from approximately 8:30am-4:00pm
WHERE: Fall Games Festival and Opening Ceremonies will take place at the Glens Falls Civic Center
Competitions are happening around the area at the below locations:
- Bocce – Adirondack Sports Complex, 326 Sherman Avenue, Queensbury, NY
- Cycling – Glens Falls YMCA, 600 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY
- Cross Country – Glens Falls YMCA, 600 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY
- Equestrian – Skidmore College, Van Lennep Riding Center, 145 Daniels Road, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Golf – Hiland Park Country Club, 195 Haviland Road, Queensbury, NY
- Soccer – Morse Athletic Complex, Sherman Avenue, Glens Falls, NY
- Softball – Morse Athletic Complex, Sherman Avenue, Glens Falls, NY
Adirondack Sports Complex, 326 Sherman Avenue, Queensbury, NY
EVENT DETAILS: Kick off the start of the State Fall Games with the Community Fall Games Festival at the Glens Falls Civic Center! This festival will feature Cooley’s Ice Cream Truck, ADK Hot Air Balloon, a Rag-tag Walkabout Balloon, cotton candy, food stands, carnival games, music and Batman and the Batmobile!
Opening Ceremonies 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 evening will conclude with the Law Enforcement Torch Run as area law enforcement escorts the “Flame of Hope” to light the cauldron declaring the games open!
Special Olympics New York is the largest sports organization in the world. With 55,698 athletes, Special Olympics New York is the largest chapter in North America and the 6th largest in the world. Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year round in 22 Olympic-style sports, the Young Athletes Program and the Motor Activities Training Program – all at no cost to them, their families or their caregivers.
Michelle Iorizzo – Special Olympics New York, 518-380-0909 (media inquiries only) | email@example.com
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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Special Olympics New York:
Michelle Iorizzo, 518-388-0790 ext. 109, email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org