February 1, 2005
In just over a week nearly 1,100 athletes and coaches will participate in the Special Olympics New York 2005 Winter Games presented by P&C Food and Pharmacy. The games will take place Friday, February 11th to Sunday, February 13th. The athletes have been training for months and they are ready to show off their athletic abilities to the Syracuse community.
Opening Ceremonies will be held at Driver’s Village Conference Center, in Cicero, on Friday, February 11th at 8 p.m. We invite everyone to come and cheer on our athletes along with New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega and Sunny 102’s Brenda Bissett.
The athletes will compete in 7 olympic-style events including floor hockey, floor hockey skills, figure skating, speed skating, alpine skiing, nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. Most of the competitions will take place at the Oncenter Complex on Saturday, February 12th, with alpine skiing taking place at Toggenburg Ski Center and Highland Forest will host nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Oncenter will also host the Closing Ceremonies and the Victory Dance on Saturday, February 12th at 7:30 p.m.
“The Syracuse community has always been one of our most supportive areas in the state,” said Special Olympics New York President and C.E.O., Neal J. Johnson. “The community has already come out to volunteer for the Games and local businesses have shown their support in sponsoring the Games. Come be apart of the Winter Games and you will be inspired.”
The Special Olympics New York Winter Games presented by P & C Food & Pharmacy, are also sponsored by Niagara Mohawk: a National Grid Company, the New York Lottery, New York State United Teachers, Advance Auto Parts, Merrill Lynch, Sensis Corporation, the Gifford Foundation, HealthNow, Welch Allyn, Sunny 102 and Tobacco Free Sports.