SONY Tournament Renamed to Honor Former Employee

January 11, 2005

Peter Aquilone Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament to debut. Special Olympics New York’s (SONY) Board of Directors recently approved a measure renaming the annual Regional Floor Hockey Tournament, held at the Jacob Javits Center, to the “Peter Aquilone Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament”.

Peter Aquilone, originally from Brooklyn, worked for Special Olympics New York for more than two years producing competitions and special events. Throughout his personal and professional life Peter was dedicated to athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Peter made many contributions to Special Olympic New York athletes but the most profound impact involved the annual Regional Floor Hockey Tournament at the Javits Center. “Pete was the catalyst in getting the Javits Center to host this event and getting the trade unions at the center to provide their support,” said Special Olympic New York President and CEO Neal J. Johnson. “Pete was also able to get the carpenters local at the center to design and build the hockey courts still in use around the state today,” said Johnson. “Thanks to Pete’s tireless commitment our athletes are able to participate in a first class competition.”

The “Special Olympics New York Peter Aquilone Memorial Floor Hockey Tournament” will be held Saturday, January 22nd at the Jacob Javits Center. The opening and naming ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the tournament. More than 300 coaches and athletes will compete and more than 200 volunteers, staff, and spectators are expected to be on hand.

After leaving Special Olympics New York to go to law school, Peter went to work for the National Hockey League where he was the Manager of Center Ice & Media for the NHL’s Television and Media Ventures Group.