Special Olympics New York 2012 State Winter Games – February 10-12, 2012 – Rochester, NY

February 8, 2012

Rochester, NY – In just 2 days, more than 850 athletes and coaches from Long Island to Buffalo will attend the 2012 State Winter Games, February 10th through 12th at various venues throughout Rochester. The State Winter Games are one of three annual state games and more than 3,500 total competitions held each year throughout New York. Athletes have trained for 8 weeks in their hometowns and competed locally 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 10th, 7:00 PM, 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, the Sankofa Dancers and live music by the ROC City Singers and 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 11th, 8:30am-5:00pm
More than 850 athletes and coaches from across the state will participate in five Olympic-style sports including:
• Alpine Skiing – Bristol Mountain, 5662 State Highway 64, Canandaigua, NY, 10am-3:30pm
• Nordic Skiing I & II – Bristol Mountain, 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua, NY, 8:30am-1pm
• Snowshoeing – Bristol Mountain, 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua, NY, 1pm-5pm
• 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, 9am-4pm

Rochester Polar Plunge to take place Sunday, February 12th, Ontario Beach Park, Charlotte Beach
Registration 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! Nearly 1,300 individuals and 170 teams are signed up already! Sign up to take the Plunge at www.polarplungeny.org. For more information, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RochesterPolarPlunge.

A special thanks for the generous support of our Premiere Sponsor helping to make the 2012 State Winter Games possible, the Golisano Foundation, with additional support from Monroe County and the City of Rochester.

Other corporate sponsors making this Special Olympics Winter Weekend possible include Bristol Mountain, Chobani, CSEA, Knights of Colombus and NYSUT.

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.

Bob Marketell, 585-545-8640 (media inquiries only), bmarketell@nyso.org

Rochester Polar Plunge – February 12th, Charlotte Beach

January 31, 2012

Rochester, NY – Nearly 150 teams and more than 930 people from all over the Rochester area are already signed up for the 12th annual Rochester Polar Plunge for Special Olympics New York! Last year, nearly $225,000 was raised at this event, and with a significant increase in participants we are setting our goal for 2012 at $240,000! Over the past 11 years over $1.1 million has been raised for Special Olympics New York through this Plunge alone!

The plunge, one of a dozen happening around the state, will take place at noon, Sunday, February 12, at Ontario Beach Park, no matter how cold the temperature is. Registration starts at 9 a.m., and there will be food, entertainment, heated tents and an overall exciting atmosphere for people of all ages. The Plunge is the concluding event of the Special Olympics Winter Weekend, where nearly 850 athletes from across the state will come together to compete at the State Winter Games in Rochester.

Plunge organizers are looking for more teams and individuals, especially from high schools and colleges. Teams have already signed up from the SUNY Brockport, Rochester Institute of Technology, Penfield High School, Irondequoit High School and Hilton High School. The plunge is an excellent community service opportunity for school groups, other youth groups, businesses and anyone else who wants to support Special Olympics. Representatives from Special Olympics will be happy to help individuals and groups take the plunge.

Our top team to date is Kevin & Teddy’s Polar Bear’s, who have raised over $5,500 to date! Kevin Head and Ted Schwytzer are Special Olympics athletes and long time plungers who helped their team raise over $10,000 last year! In second place are the DFC Double Dippers (Downtown Fitness Club), who raised over $6,000 last year, and with nearly $3,500 raised so far this year they are well on their way to surpassing that number. Team Rory has the third place spot, with over $2,100 raised in honor of Rory Cavalier, a Special Olympics athlete-to-be.

There are a number of fundraising events happening locally in the upcoming days. Team Rory is hosting a hot dog sale on February 4th at the Herramas Marketplace in Irondequoit to raise money towards their team’s goal. On Sunday, February 5th from 1pm-7pm the Plungin’ Elvis will be bartending at Reunion Inn (4565 Culver Road) and will donate 100% of his tips to Special Olympics New York. Monroe County Probations will be hosting an all you can eat pasta dinner at Scuttlebutts (431 River Street) on Wednesday, February 8th. Reservations are available at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30pm.

There are a number of incentives for the Rochester Plunge this year. For every $60 raised Plungers will receive a Polar Plunge sweatshirt, and there are additional Polar Plunge incentives for those who raise more money.

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.

For information on taking part in the Rochester Polar Plunge, please contact Mary Ellen Murphy at Special Olympics New York at 585-586-7400 or mmurphy@nyso.org. You can sign up for the Plunge online at www.polarplungeny.org. More information can also be found on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rochesterpolarplunge.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Bob Marketell, bmarketell@nyso.org, 585-545-8640

Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop/Cold Stone Creamery partners with Special Olympics New York

November 19, 2011

In support of Special Olympics New York, Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop/Cold Stone Creamery will donate $3 to Special Olympics New York from sales of selected Cold Stone Creamery ice cream cakes at participating Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop/Cold Stone Creamery locations throughout the Greater Rochester community from November 23-December 31, 2011. Please visit your local Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop/Cold Stone Creamery and support the athletes of Special Olympics New York.

For more information please contact Robert Marketell, Regional Director of Special Olympics New York Genesee and Western Regions at bmarketell@nyso.org.

Participating Locations:
1517 E. Ridge Road, Irondequoit
908 Fairport Road, Fairport
607 Jefferson Road, Rochester
1786 Empire Blvd, Webster
802 Paul Road, Rochester
451 Hamilton Road, Geneva
2037 West Ridge Road, Greece

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.
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Rochester to Host Special Olympics New York’s 2012/2013 Winter Games

November 11, 2011

All events free and open to the public

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 2012 and 2013 State Winter Games to the Rochester community.  A press conference will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, November 15th in the Atrium of the Monroe County Office Building (39 West Main Street, Rochester, NY 14614).  Notable speakers include Honorary Chair and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, City of Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards, Ann Costello from the Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics New York President and CEO Neal Johnson.

Winter Games is one of three annual state games and more than 3,500 total competitions held each year throughout New York. Nearly 850 athletes and coaches will be joining us from around the state.  Volunteers from surrounding communities will be needed to support the event.

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

 

    • Staff the following sports venues: Nordic 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 and to register, please download the volunteer registration form from the website at www.specialolympicsny.org or email Stacy Gioeli at volunteer@nyso.org .  Volunteers can be individuals or groups.

The Premiere Sponsor helping to make this event possible is the Golisano Foundation.

Athletic competition takes place Saturday, February 11th in 6 Olympic-style sports: 

 

 

    • Alpine Skiing
    • Nordic Skiing
    • Floor Hockey Team & Skills
    • Snowshoeing
    • Figure Skating

 

Rochester Polar Plunge to take place Sunday, February 12th, Ontario Beach Park, Charlotte Beach

Registration 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 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.

 

For further information about sponsorship opportunities contact Bob Marketell at 585-586-7400 x 102.

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