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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2017 Special Olympics NY State Winter Games – 2/17 thru 2/19

2017 Special Olympics NY State Winter Games – 2/17 thru 2/19

Our 2nd Year was a great success once again due to the community! We want to thank all the volunteers, sponsors, GOC Committee, housing, venues, families and everyone who made this year’s event a success! Truly an amazing weekend filled with Fun, Smiles, Laughter and Love! We are so very proud of each and everyone of you. Hudson Valley – YOU ALL ROCK! Congratulations to all the Athletes! This is what it is all about. The games were a success! Enjoy and please feel free to share and tag! #StateGames #SpecialOlympicsNY #Poughkeepsie #ThinkDifferently

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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.

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