Special Olympics NY Summer Games Coming to Buffalo for First Time in 10 Years

April 17, 2012 – 1,500 athletes to compete in Buffalo – All events free and open to the public

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Neal J. Johnson, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York, announced the 2012 State Summer Games will be held at the University at Buffalo and surrounding community venues, for the first time in 10 years. The University at Buffalo has also won the bid for the 2013 Summer Games to mark the fifth time in 25 years that the games will be hosted in Western New York. The Summer Games were last held in Buffalo from 2001 to 2002 and before that from 1987 to 1988.

The Summer Games are the largest of three annual state games with more than 4,000 competitive experiences held each year throughout New York. Nearly 1,500 athletes and coaches will travel to Buffalo from around the state for the competition. Athletes must qualify at a local level to compete in the Summer Games.

“It is a thrill for us to bring the Summer Games back to Western New York,” said Johnson. “The residents, businesses and leaders of the community have always supported out mission, which has enabled us to provide quality competitive experiences for our athletes.”

Athletic competition will take place Saturday, June 16 in eight Olympic-style sports: athletics (track and field), aquatics, basketball, bowling, power lifting, tennis and volleyball. All events, including the opening and closing ceremonies, and all competitions, are free and open to the general public.

Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 22 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes, their families or caregivers. More than 55,000 athletes train and compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America.

Numerous volunteers from surrounding communities are needed to support the Summer Games competitions and events:
• Opening ceremony staff and support (Friday, June 15 – 8:00 p.m. – University of Buffalo, Alumni Arena)
• Staff for all sporting venues
• Set up and break down at all venues
• Food and drink distributors
• Volunteer to Cheer! Be “Fans in the Stands” at the opening ceremonies and all events, cheering the athletes on to victory

Volunteer assignments will be given out the third week in May and walk in volunteers are welcome. For more information and to register, please download the volunteer application from the website at www.specialolympicsny.org or call 1-800-836-6976. Volunteers can be individuals or groups.

The University at Buffalo will host athletes on campus, along with the opening and closing ceremonies and several sporting competitions. Other community sporting venues include AMF Thruway Lanes and the Buffalo Niagara Courts Center.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Amy Neveaux, Director of Development, Western Region, 716-861-9795, aneveaux@nyso.org

 

Press Conference Announces Return to Seneca Falls for the 2010 State Falls Games for Special Olympics New York

August 24, 2010

Special Olympics New York’s Fall Games is one of the premier athletic competitions amongst the more than 4,000 competitive experiences held each year throughout New York. All events are free and open to the public. The State Fall Games will be held at venues throughout the area, including New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls Country Club, SMS Club of Seneca Falls, Waterloo High School and Lehman Farms in Pittsford, NY DSC04778900 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from across New York will participate in the games. Up to 1000 volunteers from surrounding communities will be needed to support the event. Sports include Bocce, Cycling, Cross Country, Equestrian, Golf, Soccer and Softball.

The 2010 State Fall Games will begin on Friday, October 1 with Opening Ceremonies to be held at 8:00 p.m. Athletic Competitions will be held on Saturday, October 2, beginning at 8:00 AM.

Fall Games Gold level Sponsors include BonaDent Dental Laboratories, Lyons National Bank, Denny’s Restaurants, CSEA, NYSUT, Knights of Columbus, Walmart and Media Sponsor, The Finger Lakes Radio Group.

Special Olympics New York’s 2010 State Fall Games October 1-2

July 20, 2010

Special Olympics New York’s 2010 State Fall Games will be held for the second year in the Seneca Falls Community. Fall Games is one of three annual state games and more than 3,500 total competitions held each year throughout New York. Nearly 900 athletes and coaches will be joining us from around the state. Up to 1,000 volunteers from surrounding communities will be needed to support the event. Bruce Bonafiglia of BonaDent Dental Laboratories is the Honorary Chair and Tony Petroccia of the New York Chiropractic College is the Games Organizing Chair.Volunteers are needed to fill key roles in support of the Fall Games competitions:

Staff the following sports venues: Bocce, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Softball Team, and Soccer Team.

Set up/break down sports venues, and distribute lunch, and water to athletes and coaches.

Support our Opening Ceremonies.

Be Fans in the Stands at Opening Ceremonies and at sports venues, cheering the athletes on to victory.

Volunteer assignments will be given out up to Sept 16th; after that date all walk in volunteers are welcome. For more information and to register, please register as a volunteer here or email Stacy Gioeli at sgioeli@nyso.org. Volunteers can be individuals or groups.

Athletic competition takes place Saturday, October 2nd in 7 Olympic-style sports:
Bocce: SMS Hall, 95 Ovid St, Seneca Falls
Cross Country Running: NYCC Campus, 2360 State Rte. 89, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Cycling: NYCC Campus, 2360 State Rte. 89, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Equestrian: Lehman Farms, 161 S. Wilmarth Road, Pittsford, NY 14534
Golf Team & Skills: Seneca Falls Country Club, 2790 State Route 89, Seneca Falls
Soccer Team: NYCC Campus, 2360 State Rte. 89, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Softball Team: Waterloo High School, 96 Stark Street, Waterloo, NY, 13165Special Olympics New York, which does not charge athletes to participate, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for more than 48,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Gold Level Sponsors to date include: BonaDent Dental Laboratories, Lyons National Bank, Denny’s Restaurants, Civil Service Employees Association, Knights of Columbus, NYSUT: A Union of Professionals, Wal-Mart and Media Sponsor; 98.5 FM WNYR.

Special Olympics New York’s 2009 Fall Games; October 2-3 in Seneca Falls

September 4, 2009

All events free and open to the public Special Olympics New York’s 2009 State Fall Games are coming soon to the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls. Fall Games is one of three annual state games and more than 400 total competitions held each year throughout New York. All events are free and open to the public and “Fans in the Stands”are encouraged to attend all festivities and competitions to cheer on the athletes.

Honorary Co-Chairs of the State Fall Games are Bruce Bonafiglia, President of Bonadent Dental Laboratories and Andrea Bonafiglia, President of Bonadent Dental Laboratories in Florida. The Chair of the Games Organizing Committee is Anthony Petroccia, Director of Recreational Services at New York Chiropractic College. Bonident Dental Laboratories and Seneca Falls Savings Bank are the leading event sponsors.

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 8:00 PM on Friday evening, October 2 at the Athletic Center of NYCC. This event offers athletes, families, coaches and fans an evening of pageantry and celebration, culminating in the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron with the Flame of Hope to mark the start of the competitions. The keynote speaker is Christine Moulton, Executive Director of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. In her address, Ms. Moulton will offer a tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics and one of the “Women of the Hall.”

Athletic competition is a day-long event on Saturday, October 3. More than 500 athletes and coaches from across the state will participate in five Olympic-style sports including:

CYCLING: NYCC Campus
BOCCE: SMS Hall, 95 Ovid St, Seneca Falls
CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING: NYCC Campus
EQUESTRIAN: Lehman Farms, 161 S. Wilmarth Road, Pittsford
GOLF TEAM & SKILLS:, Seneca Falls Country Club, 2790 State Route 89, Seneca Falls

Special Olympics New York, which does not charge athletes to participate, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for more than 47,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

In addition to the leading sponsors, State Fall Games are made possible through the generosity of statewide sponsors including Civil Service Employees Association, Knights of Columbus, New York State Rental Dealers Association, New York State United Teachers and TD Bank. Local sponsors include Pliant Corporation, Seneca Meadows, SMS Lodge of Seneca Falls, Seneca County Chamber of Commerce, and Aaron’s. In addition, several community groups involved in promoting and raising dollars are: Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Fall Street Business Community, and Bass Pro Shops.


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