Special Olympics New York State Winter Games – February 17th & 18th – Hudson Valley Region


The Special Olympics New York State Winter Games will take place February 17-18, 2017 in various venues throughout the Hudson Valley.  Nearly 900 Athletes and Coaches will be on hand from across the state to compete in the State Winter Games which is one of two annual state level competitions and over 5,000 regional competitions held each year throughout New York.  Athletes have trained for at least eight weeks in their hometowns and competed locally and regionally to qualify to participation at this level.  All events are free and open to the public.

The platinum sponsor of the 2017 Winter Games is the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.  The gold level partners are Central Hudson Gas & Electric, The ARC of Dutchess, Chobani Foundation, and Arnoff Moving & Storage.

County Executive Marcus Molinaro is the Honorary Chair of the 2017 State Winter Games. The Games Organizing Committee (GOC) is organizing the various aspects of the event, securing local community support and sponsorship, and working to provide a unique Hudson Valley feel to the Games.  The Co-Chairs of the 2017 State Winter Games GOC are Mary Kay Vrba, president and CEO of Dutchess Tourism Inc., and Frank M. Castella Jr., president and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  This marks the second year of a two-year stay for the State Winter Games in the Hudson Valley Region.



Opening Ceremonies:

Friday, February 17th, 8pm

Mid-Hudson Civic Center

Opening Ceremonies will feature the customary parade of athletes, local entertainment and speakers.   The Opening Ceremonies will be emceed by Joe Daily.   County Executive Marc Molinaro will address the crowd. Town of Poughkeepsie Officer Chris Hamel and Special Olympic Athletes Quincy Ferguson (New Horizons) and Jonathan Peterson (Anderson Center) along with fellow members of the Law Enforcement community will carry the Flame of Hope into Opening Ceremonies to light the official cauldron and declare the 2017 State Winter Games open.


Athletic Competition, Saturday, February 18th, 8:30am-5:00pm

10:00am – 3:30pm

Alpine Skiing

Holiday Mountain Ski Area, 99 Holiday Mountain Road in Monticello


9:30am – 3:00pm

Cross Country Skiing

Bowdoin Park, 85 Sheafe Rd. Wappingers Falls, NY 12590


9:45am – 3:30pm


Bowdoin Park, 85 Sheafe Rd. Wappingers Falls, NY 12590


9:30am – 2:00pm

Figure Skating

McCann Ice Arena (Mid-Hudson Civic Center), 14 Civic Center Plaza in the City of Poughkeepsie


8:30am – 4:00pm

Floor Hockey Team

Stewart Air National Guard, 1 Maguire Way in Newburgh

All events and volunteer information is available at www.specialolympicsnewyork.org/winter.


Thank you for the generous support of our partners who help to make the 2017 State Winter Games possible:

Platinum Sponsor – Westchester Medical Center Health Network

Gold Sponsors – Central Hudson Gas & Electric, The ARC of Dutchess, Arnoff Moving & Storage, and Chobani Foundation.

Silver Sponsors  – Access: Supports for Living, KeyBank, Greystone Programs, and Turk Hospitality Group.

Bronze Sponsors – Abilities First, Inc., Adams Fairacre Farms, Anderson Center for Autism, Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley, M&T Bank, Rose & Kiernan, Poughkeepsie Galleria, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, New Horizons Resources, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Dutchess Tourism, Inc., 2005 Empire State Games Local Organizing Committee, Fidelis Care, iHeart Media, and IBM.

Media Sponsors  – Poughkeepsie Journal,  iHeartRadio, Townsquare Media, Pamal Broadcasting, Highway Designs, and J6 Media Works

Statewide Partners –  Walmart, CSEA, Knights of Columbus, NYSUT,  Dunkin’ Donuts, Cannon, TD Bank, Amtrak, and Hunton & Williams

Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 22 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes, their families or caregivers. Over 68,000 athletes train and compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America.