Why Wait For 2012? Olympics Already in New York

May 25, 2005

Nearly 3,000 Athletes and Coaches to Participate in Special Olympics New York 2005 Summer Games With the swirl of preparations underway for New York as a potential Olympic site in 2012, many New Yorkers may not be aware that there are Olympic Games already taking place in the region. The Special Olympics New York (SONY) 2005 Summer Games will be held at Hofstra University on Long Island from June 16-19.

For an unprecedented third consecutive year, SONY’s Summer Games are returning to the Hofstra campus. “The combination of excellent facilities and an extremely supportive community made the decision easy for us,” said Neal J. Johnson, SONY’s President and C.E.O.

Nearly 3,000 athletes and coaches will compete in the 2005 Summer Games. The Games will commence with Opening Ceremonies and the lighting of the Flame of Hope on Thursday evening. Competition will take place Friday and Saturday in eight Olympic-style events: basketball, bowling, gymnastics, power lifting, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball. After the competition is completed the weekend will wrap-up with Closing Ceremonies and the Victory Dance.

“We’re excited to be coming back to Long Island and Hofstra University for an unprecedented third straight year,” said Johnson. “This is the first time in SONY’s 35 year history that state games are staying at one location for more than two consecutive years. Based on our experiences in 2003 and 2004, we know that this year will be even better than the first two.”

Summer Games are made possible through the generosity of many sponsors including: New York Lottery, Fraternal Order of Police, Cablevision.