North Country Bowling Tournaments Scheduled for this Fall Season.


Oct 22, 2016     Gouverneur Bowl   1151 US Route 11                                               Gouverneur, NY

Nov 5, 2016      Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes  36 Woodward Street                           Malone, NY

Nov 6 , 2016     Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes  36 Woodward Street                           Malone, NY

Volunteers are needed, find More Information Here!

North Country Softball Athlete Proves Anything is Possible!

North Country Softball Athlete Proves Anything is Possible!

On Saturday, August 15, 2015, Area 27 of the North Country Region invited softball and soccer athletes from around the region to participate in soccer skills, softball team and softball skills. The day began like any other Special Olympics competition; the torch was lit to begin the games, the athlete oath was spoken, and the athletes took their positions to start their events. As the soccer skills started on one side of the Malone Memorial  Recreation Park, the fields on the other end were filled with the softball team athletes from Tupper Lake, Saranac and Canton. One athlete by the name of Keith Pragle from the Tupper Lake Mountaineers took 2nd base for the first time ever as a Special Olympics  athlete. At the bottom of the first inning, a batter from the Saranac Rednecks hit a fly ball to second, which was caught by #13, Keith Pragle. He quickly tagged second base before the runner returned, then tagged the runner on first for an out! Causing three outs in one play, also known as an unassisted triple play, Keith didn’t  realize the importance of his play! As far as we know, this play has never taken place in the history of Special Olympics NY! Anne Daignault, the official scorekeeper and wife of head umpire Truman Daignault, stated “I have only seen this once in the major leagues!” Being associated with the Special Olympics for over 15 years she claimed she had “never seen  this happen in Special Olympics!” Later in the day, I received a call from Anne. She had said that she went home after the competition on Saturday and googled ‘major league triple unassisted plays. ‘ “Since 1909, there has only been 15 triple unassisted plays in the MLB!” she says. Truly amazing.

After interviewing Keith after the game, he seemed very modest regarding his achievement.  He stated that “I just like softball” and that everyone that plays needs to remember to “go to practice!” He wanted to thank his coaches Bob and Scott and his teammates on the Tupper Lake SunMount Mountaineers.  Keith was given the honor of taking home the game ball, which was signed by both ASA umpires. The picture below shows Keith standing proud between both umpires holding the game ball. Keith should be extremely proud of himself! Like many of our amazing special Olympic athletes, it is incredible the things one can do when they are given the opportunity! Congratulations Keith! You have gone down in Special Olympics history!

Regional Update – 6/26/2015

Dear CDR/NCR Friends,

Throughout the Capital District and North Country regions, Special Olympics serves thousands of athletes. Many of them influence us to do better, work harder and think positively within our own lives. Whether it is their sportsmanship on the field or their sense of humor on the ride home from practice, every athlete inspires us in their own way. One athlete in particular has touched the lives of many people both on and off the basketball court with her contagious positive energy and her love for sports. Her name is Trudy Davis and she is an athlete on the Canton Shamrocks basketball team in Area 27/ North Country Region. Please take a moment and watch the video below that highlights Trudy’s experience as a Special Olympic athlete. She is a fantastic representation of a Special Olympic success story and the ideal role model for the thousands of athletes that compete within our organization. Get inspired!



Our Capital District Region Facebook Page always keeps you up to date with events and news within our area! Make sure you ‘Like’ and ‘Friend’ us to stay in the loop!

With all of our exciting competitions and events comes amazing photographs! Check out SMUG MUG to view pictures of our athletes, coaches, and volunteers throughout their involvement in Special Olympics NY!


Below are the dates and locations of the events. Follow the links for the registration information and entry forms.
Local Softball Tournament Regional Golf Tournament Regional Softball Tournament

Sunday August 9th late September Sunday October 4th

Registration Information Registration Information

Entry Forms Entry Forms Entry Forms



Recently mandated by Special Olympics International, ALL coaches, volunteers and chaperones will need to complete the concussion training found here before the end of 2015. Due to the increase of concussions among athletes, it is imperative that all those directly working with our athletes are trained and certified by CDC. Please note that you must provide the Special Olympics NY staff with a copy (electronic or paper) of the certificate of completion at the conclusion of your training. Please contact Rachel or Ryan with any questions or concerns.



There are so many wonderful pictures by our fantastic photographer Ken Smith that need to be shared with the athletes and their families! Please make a point to send the link below to your training clubs so they can relive some of their great achievements.



Over the next few months, we have a handful of volunteer opportunities for you to get involved in! Come and support our Special Olympics athletes and enjoy a great day of competition and fun!
The follow competitions are taking place within the Capital District Region:
Local Softball Tournament
Sunday, August 9th
Veterans Fields, Clifton Park
Regional Golf Competition
Late September
Bay Meadows Golf Course, Queensbury
Contact Rachel at
Regional Softball Tournament
Sunday, October 4th
Morse Field Complex, Glens Falls

2015 State Fall Games, Glens Falls NY


It may be hard to believe but the State Fall Games are just a few months away! The games will be taking place in the Capital District Region, therefore we are looking for members from our community to not only volunteer at the games but help do some outreach leading up to the games.

We are looking to form an outreach committee to help us spread the word about the event; a few people to help us run a booth at the community events below.

**July 12, 2015, 1-3pm, Liberty Tour Bike Race**

**July 25, 2014, Million Dollar Duck Race, 11am-1pm**
**August 26, 2015, Take a Bite, 5:30-7:30pm**
**September 17-20, 2015, Adirondack Balloon Festival**

Pick an event that you can attend and contact Sarah Martinez at for more information about how outreach committee works.

For the most updated information regarding volunteering at the Fall State Games,

Click Here!



Are you looking to get trained as a Special Olympics Class A volunteer? This is the PERFECT chance for you to get all of your volunteer paperwork and requirements done in one night! Please join our CDR Special Olympic staff for a night of training in the following areas: general session and recertification. If you are interested, please register at the link below 🙂


On Saturday, May 23rd, local Special Olympics programs were hosted by St. Lawrence University at the DIII Track & Field National Championships. Athletes from the North Country Region participated in heats of their own to showcase the partnership between Division 3 colleges and their Special Olympics programs. Congratulations to all who competed and a HUGE thank you to St Lawrence University and the NCAA DIII Track and Field Programs for offering this opportunity to our athletes!


This year, the North Country Torch Run consisted of 5 legs: Ogdensburg to Massena (May 1st), Malone (May 8th), Saranac Lake to Lake Placid (May 15th), Clinton County/ Plattsburgh (May 21st) and Moriah to Port Henry (May 22nd). Over 200 officers from local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies participated in these legs and raised over $9,600.00 for the athletes of Special Olympics NY in the North Country. Thank you to the LETR of the North Country for your continued support and generosity!



Thank you to Time Warner Cable and the Mohawk Golf Club for hosting such an incredible Golf tournament on June 22nd. We had 144 golfers that came to show their support for Special Olympics NY. With their help, our organization was able to raise nearly $37,000, which will provide equipment, trainings, uniforms, travel expenses and so much more to our Special Olympic athletes! Thank you to all!


2014 St. Lawrence Seaway Plunge

THANK YOU to everyone that was at the 6th Annual St. Lawrence Seaway Polar Plunge today!!! Whether you were a plunger, chicken, spectator or volunteer, this event wouldn’t be what it is without you! Enjoy the rest of your weekends & get warm!!! Make sure to share any pics you have from the event!

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