Special Olympics New York’s 2007 Fall Games Competition on Saturday, October 6 in Rochester

September 13, 2007

Volunteers Needed for Sports Spectacular Special Olympics New York’s 2007 Fall Games are coming soon to Rochester. Fall Games is one of the annual state games and one of more than 400 total competitions held each year throughout New York. This is the first of four state competitions to be held in Rochester in the next three years. Future events include Winter Games in February 2008, Fall Games in October 2008 and Winter Games in February 2009. All events are free and open to the public. Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is the Premier Sponsor for Fall Games.

Volunteers are needed to fill key roles in support of the Fall Games competitions:
 Register athletes, set up (and break down) sports venues, present medals, distribute lunches, sell merchandise, and help with the Olympic Village and Victory Dance.
 Staff the following athletic venues: bocce, cross country running, cycling, golf, softball, soccer, rollerskating and equestrian.

The deadline for volunteer registration is September 28. For more information on volunteering, please visit www.specialolympicsNY.org and click on Fall Games, email volunteer@nyso.org or call 1-800-836-6976. To sponsor an athlete through a financial contribution, please e-mail Tracy O’Leary at toleary@nyso.org.

“We are pleased to be coming to Rochester and are experiencing a terrific community response for our Fall Games,” said Special Olympics New York President and CEO, Neal J. Johnson. “We are receiving donations of time and energy and financial contributions, and we are extremely grateful for this community support.”

Athletic competition takes place Saturday, October 6 in seven Olympic-style sports. For a detailed schedule visit www.specialolympicsNY.org More than 1,000 athletes and coaches from across the state will take part in the Fall Games, held at Total Sports Experience, Rochester Industrial Office Park, Lehman Farms, Churchvill Golf Course, FX Horizon and Cobbs Hill Recreation Center. Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday evening.

Genesee Region Athletes to Compete in 2006 Special Olympics USA National Games

June 28, 2006

Local athletes join Team New York traveling to inaugural event in Ames, Iowa. Special Olympics New York officially announces that 13 athletes from the Genesee Region will participate in the first-ever Special Olympics USA National Games, July 2 – 7, 2006, in Ames, Iowa. The 2006 USA National Games will be one of the largest multi-sporting events to happen next year.

The athlete contingent for Long Island will participate in Athletics, Aquatics, Bocce and Bowling. They are just some of 3,000 Special Olympics athletes expected to compete at National Games. They all qualified at last year’s 2005 Special Olympics New York Summer Games at Hofstra University, Long Island and the 2004 Fall Games in Seneca Falls

Special Olympics is a year-round sports organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. With more than 170 million worldwide (approximately 7 million in the United States), people with intellectual disabilities make up the largest disability population in the world. Intellectual disability crosses the lines of racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic backgrounds, and can occur in any family. Currently, Special Olympics is nearly 2 million athletes strong in more than 150 nations around the world.

When ask about how Special Olympics has changed his life, Amanda Vito noted “It has made me realize that I can do anything I set my mind to and that I can participate with others who are like me and have fun.”

To obtain more information on these local athlete please contact Steve Fuller (sfuller@nyso.org) or Susan MacBryde (smacbryde@nyso.org) for assistance.


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