Excitement Builds as Metro Tournament Planning Gets Underway

May 17, 2005

More than 1,300 athletes and coaches to compete at Riverbank State Park NEW YORK– Special Olympics New York (SONY) is busy preparing for the 17th annual Metro Tournament on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at Riverbank State Park in New York City. Over 1000 athletes will compete from the New York City, Long Island and Hudson Valley regions. Joining them will be more than 300 coaches and 700 volunteers.

The Metro Tournament is the largest single day event put on by SONY. Competitions will be held in five events: Aquatics, Basketball, Power Lifting, Track & Field and Volleyball. Athletes competing at the Metro Tournament can advance to the state-level Summer Games, held this year at Hofstra University on Long Island from June 16-19.

“This is a wonderful event that brings the New York City community together,” said Neal Johnson, President & CEO of Special Olympics New York. “The athletes, coaches, volunteers and corporate community all contribute to make this day a success. For athletes who are unable to attend our multi-day competitions, this event provides them the opportunity to compete within a larger playing field and get the recognition they deserve.”

The Metro Tournament will begin with Opening Ceremonies at 10 a.m., with competition starting at 11:30 and continuing until 4 p.m. at Riverbank State Park at 145th Street and Riverside Drive in Manhattan. The Olympic Village will have music, games, arts and crafts, along with many other events throughout the day. It will be a full day of exciting competition and camaraderie.

The 2005 Metro Tournament sponsors include: New York Lottery, OppenheimerFunds, GoldmanSachs, Ross Stores, Mattel, Met Life, Blimpie, PricewaterhouseCoopers, United Federation of Teachers and Merrill Lynch. For more information on Metro Tournament or for a full schedule of competitive events in your region, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org or call 800-836-6976.