June 20, 2004
Summer Games Close, Will Return to Hofstra in 2005
When Special Olympics New York (SONY) President and Chief Executive Officer Neal J. Johnson extinguished the Special Olympics Cauldron tonight, bringing SONY’s 2004 Summer Games to a close, a crowd of thousands roared. Judging from the smiles and medals shining in Hofstra University’s Arena, the Summer Games were a hit.
“Our athletes put on a phenomenal display this weekend,” Johnson said. “They demonstrated a wealth of joy, determination and courage, and they showed all of Long Island exactly what children and adults with mental retardation are capable of.”
The 2004 Summer Games featured nearly 3,000 Special Olympics athletes competing in eight Olympic-style sports. The Summer Games will return to Hofstra in 2005.
“Never in the 35-year history of Special Olympics New York have we conducted our Summer Games at the same location for three consecutive years,” Johnson said. “Since our first two years at Hofstra University have been an unmitigated success, though, we’re returning for the trifecta. The facilities at Hofstra are world class, as are its people, and the community of Long Island has truly opened its arms to our athletes. They can’t wait to come back.”