New York City Regional Athletes to Compete at 2006 Special Olympics USA National Games

June 28, 2006

Local Athletes join Team New York in Ames, Iowa. Special Olympics New York announced today that Bridget O’Shea of the Bronx; Giuseppe Pellecchia and Alan Russo of Staten Island; Stephanie Thompson and Sharay Smith of Jamaica, Queens will compete at the inaugural Special Olympics USA National Games, July 2 – 7, 2006, in Ames, Iowa. They are 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, O’Shea is competing in Tennis, Pellecchia in Athletics, Russo in Bowling, Thompson in Powerlifting and Smith in Track and Field.

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-style 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.

“It’s a remarkable achievement to qualify for the Special Olympics USA National Games,” said Michelle LeMay Santiago Regional Director New York City Region. “Bridget, Giuseppe, Alan, Stephanie and Sharay have overcome many obstacles over the years and have developed into fine athletes.”

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK NYC REGION 18th ANNUAL METRO TOURNAMENT AT RIVERBANK STATE PARK

May 17, 2006

1000 Athletes to Compete on June 3 Riverbank State Park will host Special Olympics New York (SONY) New York City Region’s 18th Annual Metro Tournament on Saturday, June 3, 2006. More than 1,000 athletes will compete from all five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester.

The Metro Tournament is the largest single day event orchestrated by SONY – New York City Region. Competitions will be held in five Olympic-style events including 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 in Albany, New York June 15-17.

This year kicks off the start of the New York City Pilot Project. The Pilot Project is part of Special Olympics broader Urban Strategy aimed at increasing the involvement and improving the experiences of athletes in cities across the globe.

Goals of the Pilot Project include: increasing the number of athletes in the city from 20,000 to 40,000 by 2010; expanding sports programs in the New York City public school system and building new community-based athletic programs in partnership with city agencies.

“The New York City Pilot Project is an exciting endeavor for us,” said Neal Johnson, President & CEO of Special Olympics New York. “The Metro Tournament is a wonderful event that brings the New York City community together. The athletes, coaches, volunteers and corporate community all contribute to make this day a success.”

The Metro Tournament will begin with Opening Ceremonies at 10:00 am. Competition starts at 11:30 a.m. and continues until 3:30 p.m. at Riverbank State Park at 145th Street and Riverside Drive in Manhattan. The Olympic Village will have music, games and other events throughout the day. Everyone is encouraged to attend, admission is free and the athletes love and appreciate the support of fans.

Metro Tournament Presenting Sponsor is Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Gold Sponsors: NYBOT Futures & Options for Kids, Securities Traders Association of New York,; Silver Sponsors: Blimpie, Disney Worldwide Outreach, Mattel / Fisher Price, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Bronze Sponsors: American Airlines, ITG, New York Sports Club, Merrill Lynch, UBS; State Sponsors: New York Lottery and NYSUT.

For more information on Metro Tournament or for a full schedule of competitive events in your region, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.

About Special Olympics New York (SONY)

More than 40,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities participate in programs provided by Special Olympics New York, Inc. (SONY.) Through sports training and competition SONY offers continuing opportunities for athletes to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience the joy of achievement. Athletes train and compete in nine regions across New York State. This is accomplished with a network of 25,000 dedicated volunteers, including more than 4,000 certified coaches. SONY offers a statewide, three season program encompassing more than 400 events annually. SONY achieves its goal through quality sports training in 22 Olympic-style sports. Athletes can advance from local events to regional, state, national and international competitions. All training and competitions are cost-free to the athletes, their families and caregivers.

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.

2005 Metro Tournament Shines at Riverbank State Park

June 7, 2005

More than 1,200 athletes from the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island and Hudson Valley were in attendance, accompanied by more than 350 coaches and approximately 800 volunteers.

Despite a gray and drizzly morning, the 2005 Metro Tournament at Riverbank State Park turned into a beautiful, sunny day by the time Opening Ceremonies began. The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) provided parade marshals, a color guard, bagpipe and drum corps, and accompanied the Parade of Athletes into the track and field arena.

New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega was her usual upbeat and charismatic self as the emcee of Opening Ceremonies. Several elected officials also came out to cheer the athletes on; Congressman Charles Rangel, Speaker Gifford Miller, Councilmember Robert Jackson and Commissioner Ken Podziba. Opening Ceremonies highlights included the P.S. 194 Chorus singing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (with many athletes dancing along,) and a touching tribute to longtime SONY friend, advocate and hero Peter Loeb. After a moment of silence, Marla Greenspan, former SONY board member, presented a memento to Mrs. Jeanette Loeb, complete with a ceremonial shot from a starter’s pistol.

After the torch was run into the field and the cauldron lit, Board Member Anthony Bifaro proclaimed “Let the Games Begin!” Athletes competed in aquatics, basketball, powerlifting, softball throw, track & field and volleyball. The facilities at Riverbank provided a lovely backdrop against the Hudson River, for the 9th annual Metro Tournament. There were many wonderful athlete accomplishments, contagious enthusiasm and exciting moments in every sport.

As part of their “Impact Day,” Deloitte & Touche volunteers joined a large contingent from the FDNY to help with set-up on Friday.

Key sponsors included Goldman Sachs, Mattel, New York Lottery, NYSUT, New York Sports Club, Oppenheimer Funds, Ross Stores and United Federation of Teachers. Blimpie provided lunches and Coca Cola beverages again this year.


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