Thousands of Special Olympics Athletes Return to Hofstra University

June 17, 2004

Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.- Athletes’ Oath For the second consecutive year, approximately 3,000 Special Olympics New York (SONY) athletes and coaches are showing Long Islanders what sports are all about. SONY’s 2004 Summer Games, the organization’s largest and most prestigious annual competition, are taking place at Long Island’s Hofstra University June 17-19.

”Wherever you go at Hofstra University this weekend, you’ll see smiles,” said Neal J. Johnson. “That’s because Special Olympics athletes aren’t after long-term contracts or endorsements. They’re not worried about making the 11 o’clock news or headlines. Whether they finish first or fifth, they’ll be smiling because they’re doing what they love.”

Thursday’s Opening Ceremonies feature a Parade of Athletes, the completion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron. Friday and Saturday features competition in Basketball, Bowling, Gymnastics, Power Lifting, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field and Volleyball. Olympic-style rules apply.

The Summer Games will return to Hofstra in 2005. This will be the first time in SONY’s history that the Summer Games have been held in the same locale for three years in a row.

“Long Island and Hofstra University have provided Special Olympics New York’s athletes with a wonderful forum to show the world exactly what they’re capable of,” Johnson said. “We’re excited to be returning.”

The 2004 Summer Games are made possible through the generosity of many sponsors including: (Presenting Sponsor) UBS; (Statewide) New York Lottery and New York State United Teachers; (Gold) Cablevision, Fraternal Order of Police, Geico and OppenheimerFunds; (Silver) Coke, Federation of Insurance Professionals and Goldman Sachs; (Bronze) Long Island Marriott; (Support/Friend) Carvel, Kiwanis, LUKOIL/Getty, Ridgewood Savings Bank and United Nations Federal Credit Union; and (Media) Anton News, Island 94.3, Long Island Press and Z100.

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