Schedule:

All Tournaments begin at NOON
8/22 - Madden 2021 (Registration Due 8/13)
9/19 - FIFA 2021 (Registration Due 9/14)
10/17 - NBA 2K21 (Registration Due 10/7)

Schedule:

All Tournaments begin at NOON
8/22 - Madden 2021 (Registration Due 8/13)
9/19 - FIFA 2021 (Registration Due 9/14)
10/17 - NBA 2K21 (Registration Due 10/7)

Esports are a form of sport competition using video games. Due to their competitive implications, remote accessibility, and opportunities for players to improve, esports are an excellent fit for Special Olympics NY athletes.

If you’re thinking of becoming a Special Olympics NY esports athlete, here’s an overview of the experience.
Esports are a form of sport competition using video games. Due to their competitive implications, remote accessibility, and opportunities for players to improve, esports are an excellent fit for Special Olympics NY athletes.

If you’re thinking of becoming a Special Olympics NY esports athlete, here’s an overview of the experience.

Esports players need a reliable internet connection and a compatible console or personal computer. Athletes and Unified Partners must be at least 8 years old to participate. Athletes ages 8 – 18 must have a parent or guardian’s permission to participate.
Video games offer the following benefits:
  • Cognitive – Multiple studies have found that video games strengthen a wide range of cognitive skills including problem-solving, spatial attention, multi-tasking, and short term and long- term memory.
  • Communicative – Cooperative video games require teammates to communicate effectively in order to achieve their best. Clear communication is essential, especially because many video game players are not playing together in-person.
  • Emotional – Similar to traditional sports, players enjoy the positive feelings of well-earned victories and learn to manage the negative feelings of disappointing losses.
  • Social – Despite stereotypes portraying gamers as socially isolated individuals, gamers prefer playing with other people. For teens, gaming is a primary way to interact with peers.

How do I join?

Contact your regional staff to learn more about current or upcoming opportunities in your area.