Long Island Regional Update – 7/26/2013
On Monday, July 22nd the Gold Coast Tour for Champions Golf Outing was held at Old Westbury Golf & Country Club to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics New York. On behalf of all of our athletes we would like to thank all our sponsors, participants and Honoree Dr. Kenneth Saunders, Nassau Community College Acting President, for making this year’s Gold Coast Tour for Champions Golf Outing one to remember. All the generous support helped raise over $157,000 which helps us provide cost-free sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. All contributions help us sustain the impact our programs have on our athletes and allow us to offer these programs to nearly 62,000 athletes – at no cost to them or their families.
Long Island Regional Update – 7/11/2013 –
Fall coaches, as you start preparing for the season, please remember to send in your training club roster. In addition, please take a look at any medical and consent forms that you have from last season and start contacting athletes that need to update their form. Thank you.
September 16, 2006
Long Island Native One of Eleven to Receive Prestigious Award SCHENECTADY, NY – Special Olympics New York is pleased to announce that Craig Ludin, a Special Olympics athlete from Long Island, will be inducted into The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on April 29, 2007. Craig, a winner of two bronze medals and one silver at the recent Special Olympics National Games in Iowa, has attended numerous New York State Games and won gold, silver and bronze medals. His favorite sport is swimming and he dreams of making it to the Special Olympics World Games in the future.
“We are always so proud when one of our athletes receives outstanding recognition, and national recognition at that,” said Special Olympics New York president and CEO Neal J. Johnson. “Craig is a wonderful athlete and a terrific example of what an individual with an intellectual disability can achieve. Special Olympics strives through sports to help increase athletes’ courage and confidence, which carry into all aspects of their lives. I’m sure Craig is as pleased with himself as he certainly deserves to be. Craig has long been a personal inspiration to me. “
“Craig has always dreamed big. It’s what’s gotten him where he is today,” said Hall of Fame Director Alan Freedman. “Craig is an amazing young man, and we are thrilled that he is one of the inductees for 2007.” The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to honoring Jewish athletes, coaches, executives and others who have distinguished themselves in the world of sports.
In addition to Craig, other inductees include swimmer Mark Spitz, broadcaster Howard Cosell, marathoner Deena Kastor and seven others from the world of sports. The induction ceremony will be held at the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack, NY. The Suffolk Y JCC is an agency of UJA Federation and affiliated with JCC Association. For more information, contact Alan Freedman at 631-462-9800, ext. 119.
June 23, 2006
Local Athlete joins Team New York in Ames, Iowa July 2- 7 Special Olympics New York announced today that Long Island Special Olympics athlete Sean O’Rourke has been selected to compete at the inaugural Special Olympics USA National Games, July 2 – 7, 2006, in Ames, Iowa. Sean is among 3,000 Special Olympics athletes selected nationally to compete at the Games.
Selected after qualifying at last year’s State Summer Games on Long Island at Hofstra University, Sean is competing in Track and Field. In 2005, Sean ran the U.S. Marine Corp Marathon and a week later, the ING New York City Marathon, finishing both under 4:30.
Sean resides in Bayshore, New York and has been a Special Olympics athlete for 15 years. Also a cyclist, at one race Sean carried his bike across the finish line because it broke down a few miles from the finish. Afterwards he stated “I never ever didn’t finish a race.”
For the first time, Ames, Iowa will be transformed into an Olympic Village to host 3,000 athletes, 2,000 coaches and delegates, 12,000 family members and friends, 8,000 volunteers, and 30,000 spectators at the 2006 Special Olympics USA National Games. Sports competition includes swimming, track and field, basketball, gymnastics, motor activities, powerlifting, bowling, tennis, golf, softball, bocce ball, soccer and volleyball. In the spirit of Olympic-type sports, there will be spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies, a Special Olympics Festival, a National Youth Summit, and symposiums. For more information, please visit www.2006nationalgames.org.