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2013 State Winter Games Back in Rochester This Weekend! February 22-23, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2013

Rochester, NY – More than 700 athletes and coaches from Long Island to Buffalo will on hand for the 2013 State Winter Games, February 22nd through 23rd at various venues throughout Rochester. The State Winter Games are one of two annual state games and more than 3,500 total competitions held each year throughout New York. Athletes have trained for at least 8 weeks in their hometowns and competed locally and regionally to qualify to participate at this level. All events are free and open to the public.

Honorary Co-Chair of the State Winter Games is Honorable Maggie Brookes, Monroe County Executive

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Opening Ceremonies, Friday, February 22nd, 8p.m., Rochester Convention Center

This event offers athletes, families, coaches and fans an evening of fun and celebration. Numerous Rochester 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 The Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums, followed by the Rochester Joint Forces Military Honor Guard, motivational speakers, and live music by Rochester’s own- the Yellow Jackets. Come out, enjoy the entertainment and watch as area Law Enforcement escort the Torch into Opening Ceremonies declaring the games open!

Athletic Competition, Saturday, February 23rd, 8:30am-5:00pm

More than 700 athletes and coaches from across the state will participate in five Olympic-style sports including:

  • Alpine Skiing – Swain Mountain, 2275 Main St. Swain, NY, 10am-3:30pm
  • Cross Country Skiing – Bristol Mountain, 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua, NY, 9am-3pm
  • Snowshoeing – Swain Mountain, 2275 Main St. Swain, NY , 10am – 3pm
  • Figure Skating – Genesee Valley Ice Rink, 131 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY, 11am – 3pm
  • Floor Hockey Team & Skills – Rochester Convention Center, 123 E Main Street, Rochester, NY, 10am-4pm

Come and “Volunteer to Cheer” and be FAN at any of the locations! Our athletes LOVE being cheered on & it makes for great competition! Outside events will occur regardless of the weather, so please dress accordingly!

Steps to being a FAN:

  1. Please report to Volunteer Registration at any venue to be singed in
  2. Go create a sign or banner at our “Fan Stations” that are available at each location.
  3. GO CHEER on the athletes and have a GREAT time!!

A special thanks for the generous support of our partners who help to make the 2013 State Winter Games possible, Monroe County, VisitRochester, Chobani, the City of Rochester, the Gizzi Family of Companies (Big City Sportswear, Precise Tools and Advantech Industries), and the Golisano Foundation.

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. 

For further information about sponsorship opportunities contact Tysha Martin at 585-586-7400 x 109.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Renee Snyder, Vice President of Development & Public Awareness, 518-203-8348, rsnyder@nyso.org

Special Olympics New York Returns to Rochester for 2013 Winter Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2013

All events free and open to the public

The City of Rochester will host a press conference on Thursday, February 7 at 11am welcoming Special Olympics New York back for their 2013 State Winter Games, at the Radisson – Rochester Riverside, in the Riverview Lounge Ballroom. More than 650 Athletes and coaches from across the state will come together for this culminating event of the Winter season. Competitions will take place on Saturday, February 23rd with the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, February 22nd at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.   Returning as the Honorary Chair, County Executive Maggie Brooks will be on hand to say a few words along with Rochester Mayor, Thomas Richards.

Winter Games is one of three annual state games and more than 3,500 total sports experiences held each year throughout New York. Volunteers from surrounding communities will be needed to support the event.

“Monroe County is proud to welcome back the Special Olympics New York Winter State Games, which serve as a great opportunity for athletes from across the State to showcase their talents and skills in addition to learning confidence and courage,” said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. “The return of the Winter Games to Rochester is a testament to the commitment of our community partners, volunteers, and first-class sporting facilities. On behalf of our entire community, I look forward to continuing Monroe County’s partnership with the Special Olympics and am thrilled to welcome the Games and athletes back to our area.”

“We are certainly thankful for our partnership with Special Olympics New York and its efforts in promoting and fostering the ideals of acceptance and inclusion throughout the state,” said Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards. “We welcome all of the athletes and their families to Rochester, as well as the thousands of coaches and volunteers who make this event possible. We are excited that the Winter Games are just around the corner, and it is an honor to host the games once again.”

Volunteers are needed to fill key roles in support of the Winter Games competitions:

  • Staff the following sports venues: Cross skiing & alpine skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing.
  • 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.

For more information on volunteering email volunteer@nyso.org or call 1-800-836-6976. Register online or download the pdf at www.specialolympicsny.org.

Athletic competition takes place Saturday, February 23rd in 5 Olympic-style sports including alpine skiing, cross country skiing, floor hockey, snowshoeing and figure skating.

Special Olympics New York is grateful for support from Monroe County, VisitRochester, City of Rochester, The Golisano Foundation, Chobani, CSEA and the Knights of Columbus.

Rochester Polar Plunge to take place Sunday, February 10th, Ontario Beach Park, Charlotte Beach

Registration begins at 9am, Plunge at Noon

Help raise money and awareness for competitions, like the State Winter Games, by joining us for the Rochester Polar Plunge! Last year over $220,000 was raised by participants who plunged into the icy waters of Lake Ontario, and we hope to have another record-setting year!

Sign up to take the Plunge at www.polarplungeny.org. For more information, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RochesterPolarPlunge.

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. 

For further information about sponsorship opportunities contact Tysha Martin at 585-586-7400 x 109.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Renee Snyder, Vice President of Development & Public Awareness, 518-203-8348, rsnyder@nyso.org

Barney Pedraza – Local Athlete Has One Last Stop On Way To 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Republic of Korea

January 22, 2013PITTSFORD, 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 Warsaw’s own Barney Pedraza. Pedraza from Warsaw, will compete in Alpine Skiing. His qualifying events from the 2012 State Games, held back in February at Bristol Mountain are Slalom and Giant Slalom. Pedraza has participated in Special Olympics for 25 years. In 2013, he will represent Team USA at the Special Olympics World Games in South Korea. Pedraza participates in Powerlifting, Alpine, Athletics and Bowling. Along with being a Special Olympics Athlete, Pedraza works at Hilltop Industries in Mount Morris and delivers the Warsaw Pennysaver. He loves caring for animals and tinkering with machines and cannot wait to race in Alpine in South Korea.

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
Website:http://www.specialolympicsteamusa.org
Facebook:www.facebook.com/SOTeamUSA
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.
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For more information on Barney Pedraza Special Olympics Team USA athlete, please contact Robin Mitchell, Senior Director of Program, Office: 585-586-7400 ext 107, Fax: 585-586-7065.rn


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