Be a Fan of Inspiration ...

"When I first started playing two years ago, I wasn't that good," Bowers said. "I am better at the game now because I practice all the time."

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Be a Fan of Inclusion ...

Sanders found a new meaning to life when he joined Special Olympics. He said that being a part of this is keeping him off the streets and it's something to look forward to because he made new friends.

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Be a Fan of Sport ...

Martinez, who is from Sullivan County and is coached by Melissa Ebeling, believes that the Special Olympics has helped him stay motivated as well keeping positive.

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Statewide Calendar of Events

Date:

February 4, 2011 - February 6, 2011

Location:

Syracuse, NY

Primary Contact:

Volunteer Information, 518-388-0791, volunteer@nyso.org

Details:

Over 500 athletes and coaches from across the state will participate in the 2011 State Winter Games, featuring Floor Hockey at the Oncenter, Figure Skating and Speed Skating at the War Memorial, Nordic Skiing at Highland Forest, Snowshoeing at Thornden Park and Alpine Skiing at Toggenburg Mountain.


The Winter Games are one of three annual state games and one of more than 4,000 total competitive experiences held each year throughout New York. All events are free and open to the public.


Opening Ceremonies: Friday, February 4 at 7 PM at Oncenter, featuring the Parade of Athletes, entertainment and the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron.

Athletic Competition: Saturday, February 5, in six Olympic-style sports.



VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

THANK YOU to the wonderful Syracuse community to being so generous with your time!!

Pre-registration for Volunteer assignments has closed; however, we still need more “Fans in the Stands”. This is our cheering section we have for the athletes- as being cheered on makes for the best competition! Simply select a venue that looks good to you and bring your friends and family! Bring pom-poms, signs and etc to make it even more fun! A “Fan Station” will be available to make signs at each location.

Please report to the Volunteer Registration area upon your arrival at the venue and you will be checked in as a “FAN”. Timing is suggested from 9am-2pm at all the venues but we encourage everyone to come in the morning as sometimes competition can end earlier than expected.

Venue Addresses:

Oncenter Complex -Floor Hockey
800 South State Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

War Memorial – Figure Skating & Speed Skating
515 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY, 13202

Toggenburg Mountain- Alpine Skiing
PO Box 162
1135 Toggenburg Rd
Fabius, NY 13063

Highland Forest- Nordic Skiing
PO Box 31
Highland Park Rd
Fabius, NY 13063

Thornden Park- Snowshoe
S. Beach Street
Syracuse, NY 13210


Competition information: Bryan Norris, bnorris@nyso.org or call 1-800-836-6976.



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