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"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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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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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


February 21, 2014



Primary Contact:

Volunteer, 518-388-0790,


2014 & 2015 State Winter Games Come Back to Syracuse!
February 21-23, 2014

Syracuse, NY - The Special Olympics New York State Winter Games will take place February 21-23, 2014 in various venues throughout Syracuse. Nearly 1,000 Athletes and Coaches will be on hand from across the state to compete in the State Winter Games which are one of three annual state competitions and more than 5,200 competitions held each year throughout New York.

Honorable Joanne M. Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive will serve as the Honorary Chair of the event.

"We are excited to be back in such a great community," said Neal Johnson, President & CEO of Special Olympics New York. "Syracuse is a natural fit for our Winter Games."

"Syracuse holds a special place in our hearts for Special Olympics New York. We are thrilled to connect our incredible winter wonderland to this unbelievably important event in 2014 and 2015. Welcome back!" stated David Holder, President of the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The weekend will begin with Opening Ceremonies Friday, February 21st at the Syracuse Oncenter complete with the ceremonial parade of athletes, motivational speakers, local entertainment and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Competition will begin Saturday, February 22 in five sports - Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Skating, and Floor Hockey.

We have closed our volunteer pre-registration for the 2014 Winter Games! If you registered before February 3rd you will be receiving an assignment letter later this week.  A full listing of the volunteers and their assignments/locations will be on our web site this week also.   We are no longer processing volunteer applications in the office, but we welcome walk-in volunteers if you know anyone who would like to still participate.  Just pick a venue and join us!


Sport Venues:
10:30 am -3:00 pm – Alpine Skiing – Greek Peak Mountain Resort
2000 New York 392, Cortland, NY 13045

9:30 am -2:45 pm – Cross Country Skiing – Highland Forest
1254 Highland Park Road, Fabius, NY 13063

11:00 am-2:30 pm- Figure Skating – War Memorial at Oncenter
515 Montgomery St, Syracuse, NY 13202

10:30 am – 4:00 pm – Floor Hockey Team – Syracuse Oncenter
800 South State St., Syracuse, NY 13202-3017

10:30 am -3:00 pm Snowshoeing – Thornden Park
Thornden Park Dr., Syracuse, NY 13210

Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world. With 61,582 athletes, Special Olympics New York is the largest chapter in North America and the 6th largest chapter in the world. Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in 22 sports, the Young Athletes Program and the Motor Activities Training Program – at no cost to the athlete, their families or their caregivers.

MEDIA CONTACT: Renee Snyder, Vice President of Development & Public Awareness, 518-203-8348,

Family/Volunteer Housing: