DUNKIN’ DONUTS Cops on Top in the Southern Tier!

@ Participating DUNKIN’ DONUTS in Central New York & Southern Tier
Aug 1 @ 6:00 am – 11:00 am

DUNKIN’ DONUTS and the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics are teaming up to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics New York athletes by stationing law enforcement at participating DUNKIN’ DONUTS locations throughout Central New York and the Southern Tier.

Please visit our calendar for more details http://so-ny-media.org/sonycalendar/ai1ec_event/dunkin-donuts-cops-on-top/?instance_id=628

The Bully Project

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The BULLY Project is the social action campaign inspired by the documentary film BULLY. www.thebullyproject.com
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The Bully project has sparked a national movement to stop bullying that is transforming kids’ lives and changing a culture of bullying into one of empathy and action. The power of our work lies in the participation of individuals like you and the remarkable list of partners we’ve gathered who collectively work to create safe, caring, and respectful schools and communities. Take a stand today!

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1,300 Special Olympics Athletes and Coaches Heading for Binghamton

April 21, 2009

2009 State Summer Games is Special Olympics New York’s Largest Competition (SCHENECTADY, NY) – More than 1,300 athletes and coaches from across the state will attend the 2009 State Summer Games, the largest Special Olympics competition held annually in New York. The games will be held at Binghamton University, from June 12 to 14. All events are free and open to the public.

Special Olympics New York is pleased to announce that Senator Tom Libous is the Honorary Chair of the State Summer Games again this year. Jeff Lake, regional president of NBT Bank, is chair of the Games Organizing Committee.

“The Special Olympics athletes and fans bring such wonderful talent and community spirit to Binghamton,” said Sen. Tom Libous. “I feel very privileged to be a part of the State Summer Games, and I’m looking forward to watching these very skilled athletes compete.”

On Friday, June 12, at 8:00 PM, the pageantry of Opening Ceremonies will begin at the Events Center at Binghamton University. This traditional event includes entertainment, the parade of athletes, the completion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron to signify the start of the Games.

On Saturday, June 13, at various times between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, State Summer Games competitions include aquatics, basketball, powerlifting, track & field and tennis. Binghamton University is the host venue and the site of most competitions. An additional offering during the competitions is Olympic Village, a recreational area of arts, crafts, entertainment and games for athletes, families and visitors.

“This will be an exciting weekend of spectacular pageantry and inspiring competition for our very deserving athletes, their coaches and families and our community friends who join us as volunteers and fans,” said Neal J. Johnson, President and CEO of Special Olympics New York. “The State Games are a wonderful opportunity for our athletes to showcase their considerable talents to a broad audience, helping to create new ways of appreciating and celebrating people with intellectual disabilities.”

The 2009 State Summer Games are made possible through the generosity of state sponsors Knights of Columbus, Civil Service Employees Association, New York State United Teachers, New York State Correctional Officers Police Benevolent Association and Wal-Mart; media sponsors WBNG-TV, WNBF Radio and Time Warner Cable; and the Federation of New York Insurance Professionals and Maines Food & Supply.

Vestal Special Olympic Athletes Neelam and Sterling Naslund Compete in Winter Games.

March 3, 2009
Vestal Special Olympic Athletes Neelam and Sterling Naslund Compete in Winter Games.
By Rosemary B. West

While 20 year old brother Sterling Naslund of Vestal was busy competing and getting gold medals in Snowshoeing at the Special Olympic New York State Special Olympic Winter Games in Bristol, New York (outside of Rochester), his younger sister seventeen year old Neelam Naslund was busy collecting and adding to her own medal collection at the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Boise, Idaho in Alpine Skiing. Binghamton University Professor Dick Naslund and Union/Endicott Teacher Cheryl Naslund of Vestal are their proud and supportive parents.

The New York State Special Olympic Winter games were held February 6 through the 8th. The Special Olympic Winter World games in Boise, Idaho were held from February 6 through the 14th.

Sterling, who has been competing in Special Olympic for approximately ten years. This is Neelam’s second year. She proudly qualified for the World Winter games and joined ten other athletes from New York State to have the opportunity to experience and compete on the World level of the Special Olympic Winter Games.

Sterling, the Sam Freeman Male Special Olympic athlete of the year 2008 was an alternate to the World Games. However, he qualified and competed at the New York State Special Olympic Winter games. Sterling is an all-round athlete. He trains and competes In the summer, spring and fall in soccer, bowling, volleyball, basketball, aquatics, track and field with the Apalachin Training Club.

In the winter he trains and competes in Intermediate Snowshoeing, Alpine and Nordic Skiing and Distance Running with sports specific area 14 training clubs. He received his gold medals at the 2009 New York State Winter games in 1 Km and 2 Km snowshoeing. Sterling works at Achieve.

Neelam received a silver medal when she placed second in the first event she competed in Alpine Intermediate Level super G on February 10. She received a first place gold in her second event Alpine Intermediate Giant Slalom on February 11. She was doing so well they decided to place her in a division of a higher level of competition for her final event alpine Slalom. She proudly met the challenge and achieved a 6th place.

Neelam said, “The accomplishments I am proud of is knowing that I have helped someone and they have succeeded. I also am proud when I finish a piece of artwork. Special Olympics has changed my life by making me view kids and adults with disabilities and myself differently. It has made me view everyone with more respect and treat everyone the way I would treat my friends.”

Her favorite hobbies are Art, music, painting and doing her hair, nails and makeup. Special honors she has received was being on the 10th grade honor roll, her artwork has been selected for the Area High School Student Art show and she has received a Girl Scout Silver Award.

She said, “Attending the Special Olympic World Winter Games means a lot to me because it shows that I have been chosen to show the best of my ability in skiing.”

Special Olympic Winter World Games are held every four years and thousands of Special Olympic athletes from around the World come together and showcase their athletic skills competing in winter sports.

This year at the 2009 Special Olympic Winter World Games, approximately 3,000 athletes from 100 countries competed in different division levels of seven winter sports: Alpine Skiing, Cross country Skiing, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing and Speed Skating in and around Boise, Idaho and took the Special Olympics Oath – Let me win, But if I cannot win, Let me be brave in the attempt.
Locally, Neelam and Sterling train at Greek Peak at Virgil , New York with Area 14 Ski Coach/Instructor Jeanne Johnson during the snow months. Their mother, Cheryl and sisters, Kalindi and Cambria are volunteer coach/instructors of the Disabled program at Greek Peak. Saturday the ski group Sterling and Neelam train with had a welcome back party at the Greek Peak ski lodge.
Special Olympics NY Area 14 Broome/Tioga Director John Crosby noted: Special Olympics Mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Coach Gae Crosby stated, “Individuals who compete in Special Olympics while developing and improving their physical fitness and motor skills gain greater self confidence. They exhibit courage and enthusiasm and build lasting friendships. These life skills enhance their ability to live normal productive lives.”

Some Special Olympics athletes hold jobs, own homes, go to school and enjoy the athletic challenges that competing in athletic events provide.

Special Olympics began in 1968 with the First International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Since then, millions have benefited through the athletic programs and competitions, the organization provides from a local, state through world level.

For more information on Broome/Tioga area 14 Special Olympic program has to offer or to become a volunteer call Director John Crosby or his loyal side kick Apalachin Team Coach Gae Crosby at 607 687-2957 or email: gcrosby@stny.rr.com.