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.

Western Region Athletes to Compete in 2006 Special Olympics USA National Games

June 28, 2006

Local athlete Steven Camp joins Team New York traveling to Inaugural event in Ames, Iowa. Special Olympics New York officially announces that Steven Camp, of Buffalo will participate in the first-ever Special Olympics USA National Games, July 2 – 7, 2006, in Ames, Iowa. The 2006 USA National Games will be one of the largest multi-sporting events to happen next year.

Camp will participate in Athletics. He is one of 3,000 Special Olympics athletes expected to compete at National Games. Camp was selected after qualifying at last year’s State Summer Games on Long Island at Hofstra University.

Special Olympics is a year-round sports organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. With more than 170 million worldwide (approximately 7 million in the United States), people with intellectual disabilities make up the largest disability population in the world. Intellectual disability crosses the lines of racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic backgrounds, and can occur in any family. Currently, Special Olympics is nearly 2 million athletes strong in more than 150 nations around the world.

National Games and Special Olympics mean a lot to Camp. He noted that “Special Olympics means that kids that can’t be on school teams because of a disability can take part in sports and can set goals to do better each year. Attending National Games to me is an honor and I think it will be such an experience to take part in.”

To obtain more information on these local athlete please contact Laurie Kennedy (lkennedy@nyso.org) or Susan MacBryde (smacbryde@nyso.org) for assistance.


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