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WINTER

GAMES

February 23-25, 2018
The Greater Rochester Area
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Sponsoring Agencies
• New York State
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• New York State Office of People
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• New York State
Education Department
• NYSUT:
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• State University of New York

Founder
Dorothy Buehring Phillips
(1910-1994)

Special Olympics
New York
Board of Directors
Welcome
Officers
from the Governor of New York State.................................... page 3
Patricia Martinelli – Chair
Eddie Lee- Vice Chair Welcome
Rosemary Johnson – Treasurer
from Special Olympics New York Honorary Chairman......... page 4
Helen Squillace- Secretary
Welcome
Directors
from Special Olympics New York ............................................ page 5
Kevin Brown
Heather Dwyer
Raheem Haji
Special Olympics New York State Winter Games
David Keib
Dr. Christopher A. Kus, M.D. M.P.H. Champions for Champions Society.......................................... page 7
JoAnn Lamphere, Dr. P.H.
Schedule of Events..................................................................... page 11
Adam Merino
J. Joseph McGoldrick About the Competitions............................................................ page 13
Karen Moran
Special Thanks............................................................................. page 19
James Rosenstock
Lauren Valentine
June Worden
Richard Zerah
Frank Mitola – Past Chair

Contact
Special Olympics New York Mission: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition
1-800-836-6976 (toll free) in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with
specialolympicsNY.org (internet) intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop
info@nyso.org (email) 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.

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Monroe County is proud
to support the 2018 New
York State Special Olympics
Winter Games.

I wish the athletes and their
families all the best as they
continue to pursue their
dreams and make our world
a better place for all.

Cheryl Dinolfo
Monroe County Executive

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Special Olympics New York 2018 State Winter Games.

Every year, we are privileged to be part of an annual winter sport event that showcases the talents
and accomplishments of our Special Olympics athletes from throughout New York State.

Their pride and determination will be exhibited this Saturday as they compete in Floor Hockey Team,
Cross Country and Alpine Skiing, Snowshoeing, Figure Skating and Snowboarding.

We are delighted to be in Monroe County again this year and would like to thank our Games
Honorary Chair Cheryl Dinolfo, County Executive. We also thank and commend the members of the
Games Organizing Committee and all our volunteers for their support and collaboration during this
past year of planning for the State Winter Games.

A warm thank you to all of our Games sponsors, including the City of Rochester, for their generous
support. Athletes will attend Winter Games and participate in all the activities of the weekend at no
cost thanks to these sponsors and our State sponsors.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, congratulations to all of the athletes and their families,
and best of luck at the State Winter Games.

Sincerely,

Shelly Nangle Patricia Martinelli
Interim President and CEO Chair, Board of Directors

Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor, State of New York
Honorary Chairman

Patricia Martinelli
Chair
Special Olympics New York
504 Balltown Road, Schenectady, NY 12304 Tel + 1 518 388 0790 Fax + 1 518 388 0791 Shelly Nangle
Twitter @SONYInfo Facebook SpecialOlympicsNewYork www.SpecialOlympicsNY.org Interim President and CEO

Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation for the benefit of persons with intellectual disabilities
Dorothy Buehring Phillips
(1910 - 1994) Founder

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Champions for Champions Giving Society
For more than 45 years, Special Olympics New York has been committed to
transforming and empowering the lives of children and adults with intellectual
disabilities. It is the largest program in North America with 71,889 (2016 census)
athletes and unified partners offering 22 sports and 5,198 competitive experiences.
Our work is never finished as there is always more to offer our countless athletes,
families and their communities.

Over the past few years, it became evident that there was a crucial need for new
funding sources and in response, Special Olympics New York started to build an
individual donor development program. In 2016, the Champions for Champions
Giving Society was founded. The loyal and generous donors who chose to join the
Champions for Champions Giving Society in 2016 and 2017 will be considered
Founding Members.

It is with much appreciation that we introduce the prestigious
Founding Members of the
Champions for Champions Giving Society

Champions Circle
Mark and Sharon O’Callaghan

Inspire Greatness Circle
Daniel and Deborah Callahan
Neal J. Johnson

Training For Life Circle
Jeanne Heinrich
Jack and Connie Hume
Rosemary and Hugh Johnson
David and Allison Keib
Patricia Martinelli and Scott Fein
JoAnne Lamphere
Adam Merino
Frank Mitola
Shelly Nangle
Ken and Susi Ritzenberg
Frank and Wilma Schmeler
Richard S. Zerah

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Champions for Champions Giving Society
“Changing lives of our athletes, families and the world through sports.”

Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics, has said “The glory of sport is born at the moment when the
game and the person become one, when all the complexity of one’s life finds a moment to emerge in
the game.” There is no one who knows this to be more true than a Special Olympics New York athlete.
What started as a grassroots movement has transpired into a global campaign challenging perceptions,
stigmas, discrimination and social isolation through the power of sports.

For more than 45 years, Special Olympics New York (SONY) has been committed to transforming and
empowering the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It is the largest program in
North America with 71,889 (2016 census) athletes and unified partners, offering 22 sports and 5,198
competitive experiences. Our work is never done as there is more to offer the countless athletes,
families and communities.

To support the growing needs of our communities, innovative health and social initiatives and public
awareness campaigns, Special Olympics New York has created the Champions for Champions Giving
Society for its most loyal and generous donors. By becoming a member of the Society, you are not only
supporting the mission of Special Olympics, but also investing in a movement that inspires inclusion,
tolerance and an appreciation of all people throughout the world by starting in your own community.
Please consider joining the Champions for Champions Giving Society at a suggested level below.

Champion $30,000
Inspire Greatness $15,000
Training for Life $4,500

Members of the Champions for Champions Giving Society will receive invitations to state-wide
events, personal communications, and reports on their gift in action. Should you be interested in learning
more about making a planned gift at any Society level, please contact Shelly Nangle.
Contact information listed below.

Special Olympics New York Shelly Nangle, Interim President and CEO
504 Balltown Road, Schenectady, NY 12304, USA Tel 518 388 0790 ext 1120 Fax 518 388 0791
Tel 518 388 0790 Fax 518 388 0791 www.specialolympics-ny.org Email mnangle@nyso.org

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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, February 23

Time Event Location

12:00 – 4pm Athlete Congress Convention Center (Cascades)
1:00 – 5:00 pm Region/Area Delegation Check-In Riverside Hotel- Skyway Lobby
5:00 – 7:30 pm Dinner for All Athletes/Coaches Convention Center (Ballroom)
5:00 – 8:00 pm Olympic Village Convention Center (Empire Lounge Hall)
6:30 pm Head of Delegation Meeting Convention Center (Cascades)
6:00 – 7:30 pm VIP/Sponsor Reception Convention Center (Riverside Court)
8:00 – 9:15 pm Opening Ceremonies Convention Center (Empire Hall – North)

Saturday, February 24

Time Event Location

6:00am – 8:00 am Breakfast for All Athletes/Coaches Hotels
9:30am Figure Skating Genesee Valley Park Ice Rink
9:45am Snowshoeing Swain Mountain
10:00 am Cross Country Skiing Bristol Mountain (Top of Mountain)
Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding Swain Mountain
10:30 am Floor Hockey Team Convention Center (Empire Hall – South)
10:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch Distribution to
Athletes/Coaches All Event Venues
3:00 – 4:00 pm Competitions conclude All Event Venues
6:00 – 9:30 pm Healthy Athletes Convention Center (Empire Hall – North)
6:30 – 7:45 pm Dinner Convention Center (Ballroom)
8:00 – 9:30 pm Closing Ceremonies, Victory Dance Convention Center (Empire Halls)

Sunday, February 25

Time Event Location

6:30 – 8:30am Breakfast for All Athletes/Coaches Hotels
7:00 – 11:00am Delegation Check-out Control Center

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Good luck, Athletes!

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2018 State Winter Games Competitions
Alpine Skiing Venue: Swain Mountain
Sport Director: Martha Pachuta 2275 Co Rd 24, Swain, NY 14884

Alpine skiing is an exciting winter sport that challenges the athletes downhill racing ability and co-
ordination. Athletes compete in downhill, slalom and giant slalom events. Alpine Skiing was intro-
duced as a Special Olympics sport at the 1977 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Steamboat
Springs, Colorado.

Snowshoeing Venue: Swain Mountain
Sport Director: Ian Hanes 2275 Co Rd 24, Swain, NY 14884

Snowshoeing helps athletes enhance their fitness level during the winter months with an excellent
cardiovascular workout. It is relatively easy to learn because of its natural movement and begin-
ners pick it up quickly. Snowshoeing was introduced as a Special Olympics sport at the 1997 Special
Olympics World Winter Games in Toronto, Canada.

Figure Skating Venue: Genesee Valley Sports Complex
Sport Directors: Karalee Piels 131 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14611

Figure skating is one of the few judged Special Olympics sports. Competition is offered in skills,
singles and dance events. Figure skating was introduced as a Special Olympics sport at the 1977
Special Olympics World Winter Games in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Floor Hockey Team Venue: Riverside Convention Center
Sport Director: Nancy Logan 123 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604

Floor Hockey is adapted from the games of ice hockey and ringette. It is the only team sport in
Special Olympics winter sports. Floor Hockey is played in a rink, with a surface made of wood or
concrete rather than ice. Special Olympics floor hockey also offers individual skills competition to al-
low athletes to train and compete in basic skills. Floor hockey was introduced as a Special Olympics
sport at the First International Special Olympics Summer Games, held in Chicago’s Soldier Field in
1968.

Cross Country I Skiing Venue: Bristol Mountain Ski Resort
Sport Director: Larry Johnson 5589 S Hill Rd, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Cross Country II Skiing Venue: Bristol Mountain Ski Resort
Sport Directors: Debbie Briggs, TJ Briggs 5662 NY-64, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Cross Country Skiing is a sport which promotes superior physical conditioning while providing en-
joyment for athletes of all ages and ability levels. Cross Country Skiing was introduced as a Special
Olympics sport at the 1977 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Snowboarding Venue: Swain Mountain
Sport Director: Martha Pachuta 2275 Co Rd 24, Swain, NY 14884

Special Olympics NY has added Snowboarding as an official sport and will be offered at this year’s
state games for the first time. SONY will be offering both slalom and giant slalom competition and
expect the athletes to be in both advanced and intermediate categories. [1]

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On your participation
and achievements in
the 2018 NYS Special
Olympics Winter Games.
Celebrating the power
of sport to inspire and
change lives.

ith Tom Golisano’s generous support we are helping Special
Olympics create a world where people with intellectual
disabilities have the same opportunities and access to health
care as people without intellectual disabilities.

Since the launch of Healthy Communities in 2012, we have now opened
doors to year-round access to health care in 54 countries on six
continents. As a result, millions of people with intellectual disabilities
are able to access critical health care, wellness programs and essential
resources year-round in their communities. The Golisano Foundation
To recognize those who are leading the way in this endeavor, the new
and Special Olympics:
Golisano Health Leadership Award annually honors outstanding health Imagining the Possibilities
care professionals and organizations around the world. Their work is for Inclusive Health.
inspiring others to follow in their footsteps and assure that people with
intellectual disabilities can access essential health care year-round.

Golisano Foundation • One Fishers Road, Pittsford, NY 14534 • 585-340-1203 • golisanofoundation.org

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About The Golisano Foundation

Imagine the Possibilities!
The Golisano Foundation is committed to opening doors, changing perceptions, and forging
unprecedented partnerships in pursuit of the goal to provide individuals with intellectual and
developmental disabilities with pathways to self-sufficiency, personal dignity, and the best
possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes.

Founded in 1985 with an initial gift of $90,000
from B. Thomas Golisano, the founder and
Chairman of Paychex, the foundation is now
one of the largest private foundations in the
nation devoted exclusively to supporting
programs for people with intellectual
disabilities so that they may achieve their
maximum potentials by integrating
independence, self-determination, and
productivity into all facets of their lives.

B. Thomas Golisano and Ann Costello, Executive
Director of the Golisano Foundation

The Foundation has awarded more than $24 million in grants, about $2 million annually, to non-
profit organizations in a multi-county region surrounding Rochester, New York and now has
approximately $40 million in gross assets.

We Are a Catalyst for Transformation
Through our targeted initiatives, it is our vision that communities will encourage and commit to
inclusion, acceptance and opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
and provide services that empower individuals to make their way productively and creatively in
their communities. In addition to providing funding, the Foundation also serves as a proactive
partner with organizations that serve people with intellectual disabilities, working together to
promote acceptance and inclusion in the community and workplace.

Our Partnership with Special Olympics is Paving the Way for Inclusive Health
Tom Golisano has committed more than $37 million to Special Olympics since 2012 to launch
and expand Healthy Communities to more than 100 locations around the world by 2020. This
historic contribution is the largest single gift ever received by Special Olympics and the largest
single gift ever given by Golisano. It has enabled Special Olympics to significantly expand its
global efforts to create year-round access to health care for people with intellectual disabilities
and also increase efforts to educate and train healthcare professionals to be able to care for
people with intellectual disabilities.

Learn more about the Foundation at golisanofoundation.org.

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Healthy Communities
Healthy Communities

Our athletes, all people with intellectual disabilities (ID),
deserve full access to quality healthcare. Health and
wellness resources are important and valuable to the
people we serve. Fifteen years of health screening data
from our Healthy Athletes Program has shown that
people with ID are one of the most medically under-
served groups in the world. Even here in New York State, there are disparities in health for people
with ID:

• 1 in 4 athletes have untreated tooth decay
• 1 in 10 athletes have pain or infection in their mouth
• 1 in 2 adult athletes struggle to maintain a healthy weight
• 1 in 3 athletes have trouble hearing
• 1 in 4 athletes have low bone density.

Healthy Communities and our Special Olympics health program enhance the focus on health and
wellness opportunities for our athletes. Our Healthy Athletes program provides a regular multi-
disciplinary health screening environment for our athletes. In addition we have expanded support
from a series of episodic events to a steady presence in the lives of our athletes. We embrace health
and wellness beyond sports training and we have established partnerships with key providers in our
health care community. The goal of Healthy Communities is to create an environment where people
with ID have the same access to health and wellness resources, can attain the same level of good
health and inclusive care as all people enjoy.

We are building partnerships with health service organizations to assure our athletes can obtain
meaningful follow up care when those services are necessary. We have worked with partners like the
Eastman Institute for Oral Health and the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State to assure
that follow-up service is readily available.

Beyond partnerships with fitness centers, and wellness providers, we have a meaningful presence in
the area of wellness. Currently, I M.O.V.E., our lead wellness program, is championed by our Athlete
Congress. Athletes participating in I M.O.V.E. set a personal wellness goal at the start of the season
and receive a wallet card with their goal and a silicone I M.O.V.E. wristband as a reminder of their
commitment. Imagine one new healthy habit every season, three new habits a year, resulting in a
long, healthy and athletic life.

I will Move with Purpose every day
I will Overcome challenges to superior health and wellness
I will Value continuous self improvement
I will Encourage my teammates

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Do your best!

Best of luck!

Good luck to all Best of luck!
Special Olympics New York
athletes!

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Thank You ...

Healthy Athletes Volunteer Captains
Strong Minds: David Schlesselman and Michelle Medina Erinn Holmes
Eneida Pinon
Opening Eyes: Linda Pattington and Dr. Paul Harvey Samantha De Mercutio
Irem Gurel
FUNfitness: Amy Pete Chris Gutierrez
Brian Rivera
FitFeet: Sean Zeller, Alicia Gotcsik, and Jessica Jayanna Chris Claassen
Daniel Shepherd
Special Smiles: Dr. Abra Caroci and Dr. Barb Marino Joel Peterson
Amy Hemphill
Anahita Mojahed
Elizabeth Uzzo
Anastasia Limogiannis
Tom Rovine
Sponsors Bailey Kane
Legacy Dental Lab Liz Claassen
Rochester Press Radio Club Keith Shepherd
Paul McDowell
Ken Sr. Waters
Kenny Waters Jr
DJ McDowell
Tom Petzke
Jessica Reszinyk
Becky Belsher

Winter Games - Games Organizing Committee
Games Honorary Chair – Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Executive
Games Co-Chairs - Maggie Brooks and Dennis Mullen

Rich Mackey Brittany Brandt
Dr.Steve Sulkes Christine Frank
Melissa Pennise, MPH Kim Barres
Kris Wood Thomas Schramm
John Prewasnicak David Samentello
Sal Gerbino Jeff Collins
Rick Allen Gregory L. LaDuca
Mike Schwabl Donna Dedee
Pat Mallery Kevin McCooey
Kara Osipovitch
Libby Craig

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Law Enforcement Torch Run
2018 marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run
for Special Olympics New York. New York State Law Enforcement
officers have carried the Special Olympics Torch throughout various
communities leading up to Opening Ceremonies at the State Summer LETR State Committee
Games. Since its inception, more than $15.9 million dollars has been
raised through Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for the Athletes Torch Run Director
of Special Olympics NY. The funds raised through sponsorships, Polar June Worden
Retired NYS Police Lieutenant
Plunges, Cops on Top, The Snow Bowl, Law & Orders, and various other
events have provided training, equipment, venues, uniforms and Asst. Director West
transportation for hundreds of thousands of Special Olympics New Deputy Sal Gerbino
York athletes for over a quarter of a century. Monroe County SO

Asst. Director East
When it comes to championing a cause, no one does it better than the Detective Chris Hamel
men and women of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR).

Now in its 32nd in New York, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for
Special Olympics New York remains firmly focused on its twofold
mission to help create communities where people with intellectual disabilities are accepted and
celebrated for their unique gifts and talents and to raise funds to support Special Olympics training
and competition programs.

LETR is the largest grassroots public awareness and fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics
internationally. Internationally, in 2017 LETR raised more than $56 million for Special Olympics,
including more than $2 million right here in New York.

Special thanks to Throughout the spring, Law Enforcement personnel from local,
state and federal agencies, known as “Guardians of the Flame,”
those carrying the run through the streets of their communities with the “Flame of
Hope” torch. The final Torch Run of the season brings the Torch
Flame of Hope. into the State Summer Games, where it is used to light the
Special Olympics cauldron, signifying the start of the Games.
Nearly 2,000 officers representing more than 200 agencies across
the state participate in just Torch Run alone.

Special Olympics New York is grateful for the continued dedica-
tion of the Law Enforcement Community and is honored to be the
beneficiary of its generosity.

“It is an honor and privilege for members of the Law Enforcement
Torch Run to carry the Flame of Hope, unified with the Athletes of Special Olympics. As we approach
the 50th Anniversary of that fateful day in Chicago when Eunice Kennedy Shriver introduced the world
to the talents and abilities of those with intellectual disabilities, it is our hope that communities around
the world will join us in unifying our classrooms, work spaces and living environments in acceptance
and kindness.” - Torch Run Director June Worden - Retired NYS Police Lt.

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Thank You
Rochester !!!
A very special thank you to our Plunge
Chair and leader of all things Plunge,
Sal Gerbino along with his family and
committee for once again making this
an event you can’t miss in Rochester!
It was an amazing day on Lake Ontario,
raising nearly $250K with 2,000 people
Freezin For A Reason!

18 Years of Taking the Plunge Top 5 Fundraising Teams Top 5 Individual Fundraisers
$2.5 Million Dollars Raised in Rangers Rock Dena Olson
18 Years Post 468 Polar Cubs John Prewasnicak
Keeping the Tradition of RIT Thomas Pagano
THE Largest Plunge in Teddy’s Polar Bears Ted Schwytzer
New York State Salena’s Frozen Margaritas Silvia Deutsch

Local Polar Plunge News ... JOIN US!!!
Support the athletes you meet here today!
STILL TIME TO REGISTER!!!!

The Canandaigua Polar Plunge™
for Special Olympics NY will be held on
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at
Kershaw Park, Canandaigua Lake, NY.

Join us for a day of fun!! Simply register as an individual OR form a team. Recruit Family, friends, and co-work-
ers to plunge on your team! Fundraise. Raise $100 and receive the 2018 Polar Plunge Sweatshirt! Donate.
Every penny. Every dollar. Makes a difference. Support our local Special Olympics New York Athletes!

2018 Buffalo Snow Bowl
for Special Olympics NY will be held on
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at New Era Field
1 Bills Drive, Orchard Park, New York.
Play where the Bills play.

Register a team of up to 12 players and play on the field that the greats did!
This is an official 6-on-6 flag football tournament with light blocking. There are four divisions: Pro League,
Amateur League, Co-Ed League, High School League. Teams are allowed up to 12 players; all must be 16 years
of age or older to participate. We highly encourage 16-18 year olds to participate in the High School League.
Field size is 20 yards x 40 yards with each team guaranteed three games at New Era Field.

Athletes train and compete at NO COST to the athlete, their family or their caregiviers.

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Upcoming 2018 Polar Plunges Across the State
North Hempstead Beach Park Plunge
The 14th annual Polar Plunge at North Hempstead Beach Park will take place on Saturday, March 3rd. We are
anticipating over 600 plungers to brave the icy waters of Hempstead Harbor. Take the Plunge, have some hot
chocolate, enjoy a cup of soup and don’t forget to join us. We will be Freezing for a
Reason…for our Special Olympics athletes!!! www.polarplungeny.org/northhempstead or
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SONYpolarplungenorthhempstead

Town of Oyster Bay Polar Plunge
The 5th Annual Town of Oyster Bay Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, March 10th at TOBAY Beach on
Ocean Parkway. Brave souls with warm hearts will run and
jump into the chilly waters of TOBAY Beach to raise funds
for the athletes of Special Olympics New York. www.polar-
plungeNY.org/TOBAY or www.facebook.com/SONYpolar-
plungeTOBAY

Ithaca Polar Plunge
5th Polar Plunge at Taughannock State Falls Park will take
place on Saturday, March 24th. Come join us to take a slow
dip or crawl into the chilly waters of Cayuga Lake and help
us raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics NY.
http://www.polarplungeny.org/Ithaca or
www.facebook.com/IthacaPolarPlungeSpecialOlympics

Rockaways Polar Plunge
Join us for the 4th annual Polar Plunge at Jacob Riis Park on Saturday, March 24th! Last year over 300 par-
ticipants braved the icy waters while hundreds looked on with excitement. Take a dip or a slow crawl into the
chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean!

Canandaigua Polar Plunge
Formerly known as the “Canandaigua Freezefest”, join hundreds as they plunge into the chilly waters at Ker-
shaw Park on Saturday, March 24th for the 8th Annual event. It’s a wild, crazy, fun event and a great way to
show your community colors, so grab your friends, neighbors and co-workers to form a team. www.polarplung-
eny.org/Canandaigua or www.facebook.com/CanandaiguaPlunge

Sackets Harbor Polar Plunge
The 3rd Annual Sackets Harbor Polar Plunge, presented
by the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, will take place on
Saturday, April 7th, at the Sackets Harbor Visitors Center
& Boat Launch. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/
SacketsHarborPolarPlunge and register today at www.
polarplungeNY.org/SacketsHarbor!

Splish Splash Polar Plunge
The 2nd Annual Splish Splash Polar Plunge will take place
on Saturday, April 14th at Splish Splash Water Park in Cal-
verton. Brave souls with warm hearts will run and jump
into the chilly waters of the wave pool to raise funds for
the athletes of Special Olympics New York. www.polar-
plungeNY.org/SplishSplash or www.facebook.com/SONYpolarplungeSplishSplash

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Special Thanks to

Good luck to all
Special Olympics
New York Athletes!

Special thanks to
those carrying the
Flame of Hope.

Proud supporter of Special
Olympics New York

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In 2013, Special Olympics New York partnered with the New
York State Public High School Athletic Association
(NYSPHSAA) to offer interscholastic Unified Sports
programming to its member schools. After a successful pilot

97% of high school program with 12 schools in Section 2, the NYSPHSAA
Central Committee passed a motion to recognize Unified
seniors say that Unified Sports as an official program, giving it the same credibility as
high school (varsity and junior varsity) and modified sports.
Champion Schools activities are
changing their school for the better. As Unified Champion Schools, each school offers inclusive
sports as well as an inclusive youth leadership program in
the form of a Youth Activation Committee (YAC). The YAC is
responsible to help increase awareness and acceptance of
students with disabilities within the school district by
supporting the Unified Sports team and promoting inclusive

84% of students programming and opportunities.

generally regard participation in the As of 2018, NYSPHSAA and Special Olympics New York
partner to offer Unified Sports programs to schools in 10 of
program as a positive turning point
the 11 NYSPHSAA Athletic Sections, in 143 schools across
in their lives. the state, with over 3,000 Athletes and Partners who will be
participating.
86% of school staff feel that
Special Olympics Unified Participating in Unified Sports
Schools program has made a provides high school students (61%)
big impact in with opportunities to get to know a
reducing bullying peer with ID which in turn leads to
andteasing friendship (94%).
intheirschools.

Does your school #ChooseToInclude? Join the movement.

Unified Champions Schools is supported by generous funding from OSEP

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Salutes Special Olympics New York
and
Congratulates all of the Athletes

Everyone is a champion!

Kenneth Latham Jr.
State Deputy
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providing opportunities for individuals
with intellectual disabilities.

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wish everyone good luck!

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Special Olympics New York Athlete Congress
The 2nd Special Olympics New York Athlete Congress will meet on Friday February 21st from noon to 4pm
at the Rochester Convention Center, prior to the State Winter Games.

This will be the inaugural meeting of this 2nd Athlete
Congress (2018-2020) where newly appointed con-
gress members will begin their three year leadership
commitment. These new congress members will also
receive support and mentoring from six Congress
Emeritus members selected to lead for an additional
year from the 1st SONY Athlete Congressional Class.

The purpose of the Special Olympics New York (SONY)
Athlete Congress is to provide ongoing Athlete Lead-
ership Programming. The Congress provides athletes
opportunities for leadership skills development and
asks all members to assume enhanced leadership
roles addressing SONY calls to action within their
home regions.

The role and responsibility of an Athlete Congress
member is to serve and correspond with the athletes
of their home region, through participating in a series
of Athlete Congress meetings. The athletes are able
to communicate their interest in program topics beyond local training and competition. They meaningfully
participate in discussions on a variety of Special Olympics topics and assist in the conveyance of these topics
back to the athletes and coaches within their home regions.

All members of the Athlete Congress must -
Be actively involved in Special Olympics sports programs as athlete, coach or official.
Demonstrate appropriate athlete behavior at all times.
Know their unique experience as an athlete and a leader and be able to share it with others.

These primary responsibilities enable congress members to -
Lead through increased participation in a wide variety regional activities.
Become a link for their peers, bringing concerns and issues to and from the Athlete Congress.
Effectively address SONY organizational calls to action and objectives.

Membership:
SONY Regional leaders consider all Special Olympic New York athletes who are involved in our SONY sports
program and nominate athletes who portray leadership abilities through hard work, commitment and
sportsmanship through demonstration of a positive outlook and independent thinking while motivating
others around them.

Congressional membership is a provisional appointment based on the athlete’s commitment and ability to
attend the congress meetings, convey SONY priorities and calls to action as well as participate in a variety of
events throughout the year.

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New York Announces Special Olympics 2018 USA Games Roster
The Special Olympics USA Games is a Premier, National Sports Competition that
Showcases the Power and Joy of Sports at the Highest Levels
Special Olympics New York is honored to announce our delegation of athletes competing in the 2018
Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle on July 1-6, is comprised of 53 athletes, in which five are
unified partners, 17 coaches, three youth leaders and one
law enforcement torch run member.

The USA Games take place every four years with previous
host cities being: Ames, Iowa (2006); Lincoln, Nebraska
(2010); and Lawrenceville, New Jersey (2014). Now, in
its fourth running, the next Special Olympics USA Games will take place in Seattle in July 2018. From
July 1-6, 2018 more than 4,000 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia
will descend upon Seattle and the surrounding region. 14 sports will be offered including Aquatics,
Basketball and Soccer. About 10,000 volunteers will be recruited to support the Games. 10,000 family
members and friends and 70,000 spectators are expected to attend.

Venues include the University of Washington, King County Aquatic Center, Seattle University and
Celebration Park. The Special Olympics USA Games will be the biggest sporting event to hit the Se-
attle area in more than 25 years. In addition to showcasing the awe-inspiring abilities of thousands of
athletes with intellectual disabilities, the 2018 USA Games in Seattle will model the ideals of inclusion
and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement.

Team New York athletes:
Name Hometown Role Sport Region
Danielle C Birnbaum Melville Athlete Aquatics Long Island Region

Kathleen Rogan Mechanicville Athlete Aquatics Capital District Region

Courtney Chadwick Schenectady Athlete Aquatics Capital District Region

Peter Dailey Webster Athlete Aquatics Genesee Region

Mya Torres Dunkirk Athlete Athletics Western Region

Cassandra N Taber Ithaca Athlete Athletics Southern Tier Area 17

Jamie Lewis Rochester Athlete Athletics Genesee Region

Jared Lamb Owego Athlete Athletics Southern Tier Area 14

Amber Stillwell Ithaca Athlete Bowling Southern Tier

Jeffrey Dorohow Bay Shore Athlete Bowling Long Island Region

Jennifer Yost Frewsburg Athlete Bocce Western Region

Ginny Petrillo-Sparcino Tonawanda Athlete Bocce Western Region

Josh Holsinger Frewsburg Athlete Bocce Western Region

Kyle Eddy Randolph Athlete Bocce Western Region

Heather Bump Geneseo Athlete Golf Unified Alternate Shot Genesee Region

Linda Rainer Piffard Unified Partner Golf Unified Alternate Shot Genesee Region

Stephanie Hamelink Scotia Athlete Gymnastics Capital District Region

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Madeline Csont Fairport Athlete Gymnastics Genesee Region

Michelle K Athenas Huntingotn Athlete Powerlifting Long Island Region

Joel Armstrong Ithaca Athlete Powerlifting Southern Tier Area 17

Liza Ambrosino Queensbury Athlete Tennis Capital District Region

Ryan Carlisle Oneonta Athlete Soccer Team Southern Tier Area 13

Celena Eardley Oneonta Athlete Soccer Team Southern Tier Area 13

Michele Scanlon South Maryland Athlete Soccer Team Southern Tier Area 13

Joshua Huntington Cooperstown Athlete Soccer Team Southern Tier Area 13

Maianna Huntington Cooperstown Athlete Soccer Team Southern Tier Area 13

Christion Mann Oneonta Athlete Soccer Team Southern Tier Area 13

Edward Palumbo Oneonta Athlete Soccer Team Southern Tier Area 13

Jose Picart Worcester Athlete Soccer Team Southern Tier Area 13

Juan Carlos (JC) Sanchez Portlandville Athlete Soccer Team Southern Tier Area 13

Narendra (JR) Lachmansignh Oneonta Athlete Soccer Team Southern Tier Area 13

Samantha Locke Staten Island Athlete Volleyball Team New York City Region

Vincent Higgins Staten Island Athlete Volleyball Team New York City Region

Ryan Mienert Staten Island Athlete Volleyball Team New York City Region

Luis Lopez Staten Island Athlete Volleyball Team New York City Region

Christina Gilly Staten Island Athlete Volleyball Team New York City Region

Robert Kranpost Staten Island Athlete Volleyball Team New York City Region

Steven Ethridge Staten Island Athlete Volleyball Team New York City Region

Juan Duran Staten Island Athlete Volleyball Team New York City Region

Anthony Vicino Staten Island Athlete Volleyball Team New York City Region

Edward Scolaro Staten Island Athlete Volleyball Team New York City Region

Nemias Adeyemi Staten Island Athlete Volleyball Team New York City Region

Gerry Cohen Staten Island Alternate Volleyball Team New York City Region

Abhijeet Choudary Gudapati East Greenbush Athlete Basketball-Unified Team Capital District Region
Basketball-Unified Team
Austin Sitterly Rensselaer Unified Partner Capital District Region
Basketball-Unified Team
Eithan Reynolds Rensselaer Athlete Capital District Region
Basketball-Unified Team
Malliree Roberts Rensselaer Athlete Capital District Region
Basketball-Unified Team
Jacob Houser Nassau Athlete Capital District Region
Basketball-Unified Team
Sean Freehill Rensselaer Unified Partner Capital District Region
Basketball-Unified Team
Ryan Snyder Rensselaer Unified Partner Capital District Region
Basketball-Unified Team
Caitlin Lallier East Greenbush Unified Partner Capital District Region

Antonio Lebron East Greenbush Basketball-Unified Team
Alternate Capital District Region
Basketball-Unified Team
Matthew Dzembo Troy Athlete Capital District Region

The 2018 USA Games will serve as a catalyst for the City of Inclusion initiative and will showcase the work Seattle area
businesses and organizations are doing to create a community where people with intellectual disabilities are meaningfully
and fully welcome and valued.
Tagline: Rise With Us Hashtag: #RiseWithUs #2018USAGames
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Spread the Word to End the Word 2018
Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters
to inspire respect and acceptance through raising the consciousness of society about the R-word and how
hurtful and disrespectful words can be toward people with intellectual disabilities.

The campaign, created by youth, is intended to en-
gage schools, organizations and communities to ral-
ly and pledge their support at www.r-word.org and
to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people
with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The annual day of awareness is held the first
Wednesday of March. While most activities are cen-
tered on or near that annual day in March, people
everywhere can help spread the word throughout
their communities and schools year-round through
pledge drives, youth rallies and online activation.

Spread the Word to End the Word was founded by college students Soeren Palumbo (Notre Dame 2011)
and Tim Shriver (Yale 2011) in 2009, and continues to be led by passionate young people, along with Special
Olympics athletes and Best Buddies participants across the United States and in many other parts of the
world.

Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with
intellectual disabilities. However, much of society does not recognize the hurtful, dehumanizing and exclu-
sive effects of the R-word.

Language affects attitudes. Attitudes impact actions. Make your pledge for #Respect today at www.R-word.
org.

Visit www.r-word.org to learn how you can Spread the Word to End the Word.

Past Highlights ...

Photos from March 2015 with the WWE - #WWE Rocks! @WWECommunity #wwebuffalo #respect
Spread the Word to End the Word! The WWE continues to support Special Olympics New York with these
acitivites.

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From Twitter - March 1, 2017, Mayor Lovely Warren proclaims today #SpreadTheWordToEndTheWord day in @
CityRochesterNY

In 2017, The Golisano Foundation took a huge stand for Spread the Word to End the Word program and
organized a grand public awareness campaign in which they also plan to do similar this year on March 7.

It started on March 1, 2017, with the City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren who hosted a press conference
and also proclaimed the day “End the R Word Day.” Mayor Lovely Warren, City Council President Loretta
Scott, Golisano Foundation Director Ann Costello, Arc of Monroe CEO Barb Wale, Project Search City of
Rochester interns and employees were in attendence. The public was also invited to take the pledge at City
Hall anytime from 10 a.m. on March 1st and throughout the month of March 2017 in the Visitors' Room of
City Hall.

Pledge activities also included the Rochester Premiere of the film, "Diffability Hollywood," with a panel dis-
cussion followed with the filmmaker Adrian Esposito, who is from Rochester and has Asperger's Syndrome,
a form of autism; and D&C Film Critic, Jack Garner on March 2, 2017. Diffability Hollywood is a documentary
about Hollywood's portrayal of people with disabilities in films throughout history. This event was present-
ed as part of WXXI and the Golisano Foundation's Move to Include initiative.

On March 3, 2017, Rochester's First Inclusive Fashion Show - was Hosted by Best Buddies Nazareth and fea-
tured models from Pittsford Central School District, Brighton Central School District and Nazareth College.

Nearly 80 other organizations and schools thouhout Rochester and beyond Spread the Word to End the
Word on March 1 with pledge activities.

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