Syracuse will host NYS Special Olympics this weekend


SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – Approximately 500 athletes and coaches from Special Olympics New York will come to Syracuse this weekend to compete in the State Winter Games. Athletes will compete in six sports: alpine skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, Nordic skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the nation with over 51,000 athletes. The chapter assists with year-round sports training, sports competitions, health screenings, and partners with 250 schools to offer unified sports, where students with and without disabilities compete together.

“Special Olympics New York athletes competing this weekend beat thousands of their peers across the state for a chance at gold. This is the moment they’ve all been waiting for. “Said Special Olympics New York President and CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “We are very proud to be back in Syracuse for the 2022 Winter Games and to celebrate the achievements of our athletes with this generous community. and inclusive.”

Here is an overview of the full schedule:

Friday. February 25

7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
The Oncenter, 800 South State St., Syracuse, NY 13202
The opening ceremonies will be hosted by Mark Cronin and Special Olympics snowshoe athlete John Cronin, father-son duo and co-owners of Johns Crazy Socks. Local leaders, including State Senator John W. Mannion, Onondaga County Executive J. Ryan McMahon, II and members of law enforcement, will join the athletes for the launch event of Friday.

Saturday February 26

9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Figure skating
The Oncenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St, Syracuse, NY 13202

9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
Jamesville Beach Park, 3992 Puglia Rd, Jamesville, NY 13078

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Alpine skiing and snowboarding
Greek Peak Mountain Resort, 2000 State Route 392, Cortland, NY 13045

10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Indoor hockey
The Oncenter, 800 South State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Closing Ceremonies and Victory Dance
The Oncenter, 800 South State St., Syracuse, NY 13202

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