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:

BOCCE: SMS Hall, 95 Ovid St, Seneca Falls
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.

Finger Lakes Region to Welcome Special Olympics Athletes

October 4, 2004

More than 1,100 athletes and coaches to meet in Seneca Falls.

Finger Lakes Region to Welcome Special Olympics Athletes
Athletes, volunteers and the community are starting to feel the excitement of Special Olympics New York 2004 Fall Games coming to Seneca Falls October 8 and 9.

The New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) will host the Games and be the primary venue for cross-country running, cycling, golf skills, soccer, and softball skills. Equestrian events will be held at Everybody Rides in Newark. roller skating at the Reva Rollerdome, bocce at the SMS Club in Seneca Falls and golf will take place at Silver Creek Golf Course in Waterloo. Waterloo Little League Park will host softball.

Fall Games is one of the largest of more than 400 Special Olympics competitions held across New York each year. In 2004, Fall Games are returning to Seneca Falls for the second straight year.

“Seneca Falls was a great host last year and we’re looking forward to another successful Fall Games,” said Neal J. Johnson, President and CEO of Special Olympics New York. “The community welcomed us with open arms and made it an incredible experience for our athletes.”

More than 600 volunteers from Seneca Falls and surrounding communities will assist throughout the weekend, and many more fans and family members are expected to come cheer on the athletes.

Individuals are invited to come out for Opening Ceremonies, which begin at 8 p.m., Friday, October 8 at the NYCC. New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega and Olympic Gold Medalist Jeff Blatnick will host the Opening Ceremonies. Fall Games 2004 are sponsored by New York Lottery and NYSUT (Statewide sponsors), Siemens and The Federation of Insurance Professionals (Silver sponsors) and Seneca Meadows (Bronze sponsor). HeatlhNow is sponsoring Healthy Athletes and Seneca Falls Savings Bank is a team sponsor.

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