2017 Time Trials – Depew Park, Peekskill, NY – 4/22/17

2017 Time Trials – Depew Park, Peekskill, NY – 4/22/17

Despite the rain, the Athlete’s competed, families came to watch, volunteers came to help, coaches came to get the Athletes ready and everyone cheered them on the entire time! Thank you all so very much for your continued support and dedication.

The Athlete’s were all smiles and did their best. Congratulations to all!

Next, the Spring Games at West Point – The U.S. Military Academy on May 4th. We cannot wait!

Here are some photos we took. Because of the rainy weather, it was a tough day for photos. But, here are some we were able to get. Please feel free to tag and enjoy!

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Competitions, Coaching and Volunteer Opportunities:

The 2017 Spring events are posted on the calendar. Any updates will be made and posted into the calendar. For more information about upcoming events, please visit our calendar and simply click on the events that interest you. If you need more finite information, please contact Mercedes at 845.262.6010 or click her name to email her directly: vincent@nyso.org

For information on upcoming events, please check out the calendar link below.
Hudson Valley Regional CALENDAR

***Please be advised: We are hosting two (2) Time Trials (East & West) as we always do. However, there will be only ONE (1) Spring Games held at West Point on Saturday, 6 May, 2017. This event, due to the influx of athletes and other factors, will likely be extended about 60-90 minutes. Please understand this event is held a world class facility that only few have the opportunity to compete at. We will keep you posted and updated on any and all information as we receive it.

Information regarding your bus (plate #, driver name, etc) given to us ahead of time, will be very helpful. We need to provide this to DES on base
ALL buses MUST use the Stony Lonesome entrance
please bring your own canopies as West Point will have limited tents available (if any)
NO DOGS will be allowed in the area (UNLESS it is a clearly marked service dog)
Please plan to arrive EARLY, parking is going to be, well, challenging. There is a Notre Dame lacrosse game that day…enough said!
Please know that the Army waits for no one. We start on time, every time.
Awards will be given at this event: Male/female athletes of the year, coach, etc. Those nominations, along with the Houghton Award, Herzog Award, Cutignola Award and the Medals to Create Miracles Award are all currently available in our office. I will be sending out a mass email on Monday. These nominations are DUE back in this office by Friday, 21 April, 2017. Yes, that is the day before Time Trials EAST.

Coaches training will be offered on the following date: Wednesday, 29 May at 5PM st Spackenkill HS (Poughkeepsie, NY). General session and Track & Field training will be offered. If interested, contact Linda Efraimsen, lefraimsen@nyso.org or phone 845.262.6024.

Past Events:
Tom Adimari played tennis well down in Virginia, however he succumbed to a serious tournament ending Achilles injury during his match play. Upon his return to NY, Tom had surgery on his ruptured Achilles. I have spoken with Tom and his outlook, spirits and prognoses’ are all good.

We have had a multitude of events occur here in the valley of late. There were 17 teams at our Regional Floor Hockey event, we hosted Winter Games and finally had some snow! That worked out pretty well for over three thousand registered volunteers in our region!! Kudos to those folks kickin’ some volunteer butt!!
We had about fifty coaches at our summer coaches conference in early February that offered certification in Aquatics, Athletics and Basketball. Most recently, we have hosted our basketball competitions locally in Westchester that have had 16 and 12 teams respectively and over 120 skills athletes plus a Juniors basketball skills competition that had 35 competitors. All of the skills competitions and the court management is largely supported by the local Lions/Leos, Elks and Knight of Columbus. Without these groups and their volunteer support, we would be unable to have quality competitions.
Finally, we last hosted a Regional aquatics competition at White Plains HS, where Coach Patty Gilmartin coordinates over 40 student-athlete volunteers to run the pool deck from staging, timing and recording to awards and the ever important life-guards. Thanks to all that make the events happen, and make them quality events that our athletes can be proud to be a part of.

The Rockland Basketball league began on Wednesday, 15 March and will run every Wednesday thru 24 May, 2017.


Fundraising in the Valley…

The 19th Annual Fishkill Polar Plunge

at Sharpe Reservation raised over


Thanks to all whom participated!!

Join us for the 27th Annual CycleAbility Challenge!
June 2, 2017, June 3, 2017 and June 4, 2017
Start: Apple Tree Inn, 10 Richmond Mountan Road, Lenox MA
The CycleAbility Challenge provides metric cycling with three ride options:
30 miles /60 miles /100 miles
Registration Types:
$2,000 – For Returning Cyclists: Two night Stay -All Inclusive
$1,250 – For New Cyclists / 1-Day Cycling: Saturday Night Stay ONLY – All meals, massages, etc

$500 – Day of Cycling – NO HOTEL STAY – Includes all Meals day of, massages, etc.

We supply SAG Vehicles (filled with medical supplies, waters, bananas, etc.), Nurse, Bike Mechanic (with supplies), etc. Beautiful accommodations at the Apple Tree Inn, Massages after the ride on Saturday, and so much more! So, please join us, support a great group of individuals, challenge yourself and have FUN

Contact: Teresa Gilli, 845-262-6011 or Teresa
To learn more go to http://events.nyso.org/2017CycleAbility

Testimonial – Athlete Jonathan Peterson

Testimonial – Athlete Jonathan Peterson

We always love to share testimonials. Here is one from Jonathan Peterson’s Mom…. As you recall, Jonathan was the Athlete who lit the Cauldron during the Special Olympics NY State Winter Games. This was his first time competing with Special Olympics NY – Hudson Valley State Winter Games and competed in Figure Skating, winning the gold. We are proud of you Jonathan!

My family and I wanted to congratulate you on an outstanding Winter Games! Jonathan had a fantastic experience competing in Figure Skating and is so excited to compete again next year!

My Mom, Jonathan’s eldest brother Zachary, and I are so very, very grateful for helping us with the enrollment process, answer questions and for your guidance for Jonathan to compete in the 2017 New York State Winter Special Olympic Games! WOW!!!! From the tremendous honor of lighting the Special Olympic Cauldron, to the exciting ice skating competition, and the thrill of receiving his first Gold Medal in his first Winter Special Olympics, we are so deeply touched by the enormous enthusiasm from the community for Jonathan’s journey. I never thought in a million years this would ever happen to him or our family. We are just blown away

Jonathan is already telling everybody “I want to do it again next year!” When you ask Jonathan how he feels about the Special Olympics, he says “I’m proud” and “I’m so special”. He LOVED every moment of this amazing experience.

Thank you all so very, very much again for being so helpful and so supportive of Jonathan on such a monumental and amazing day in his life. You made Jonathan’s first New York State Winter Special Olympics experience a HUGE success! We will always treasure his incredible experience!~ Karla Peterson

2017 Fishkill Polar Plunge – 19th Annual 2/25/17

2017 Fishkill Polar Plunge – 19th Annual 2/25/17

What a beautiful day it was for a plunge. Even though the weather was warmer than expected, the water was a bit chilly at 35 degrees…. Brrrrr……… GREAT JOB EVERYONE! Freezin for a Reason! Here are some photos. Cedar Hill Photography photos will be up soon: they lost power after the storm we had in Dutchess last night. Totals and more tomorrow. If you still haven’t reached your goal, you still have time! Enjoy the photos, share photos and TAG! Please, if using these photos, tag this page, Fishkill Polar Plunge – Special Olympics NY as photo credit. We would love to continue spreading the word. Thank you! #fishkillplunge #freezinforareason

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