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Showcase talents. Build skills. Develop character traits. Change stereotypes about people with intellectual abilities. These are just some of the opportunities provided by Special Olympics New York, through training and competition in 24 Olympic-style sports.

Participation is free to registered athletes. We cover the costs of insurance, facilities, equipment, uniforms, awards, housing and meals at events, and more. Special Olympics New York rules support the widest range of abilities possible, giving all athletes a level playing field and a reasonable chance to win.

Showcase talents. Build skills. Develop character traits. Change stereotypes about people with intellectual abilities. These are just some of the opportunities provided by Special Olympics New York, through training and competition in 24 Olympic-style sports.

Participation is free to registered athletes. We cover the costs of insurance, facilities, equipment, uniforms, awards, housing and meals at events, and more. Special Olympics New York rules support the widest range of abilities possible, giving all athletes a level playing field and a reasonable chance to win.

Number of Athletes Statewide: 4,324

Summer: March through May, with State Summer Games in June

Governing Body: USA Swimming

Note: Aquatics coaches have specialized training and extensive experience

Number of Athletes Statewide: 49,214

Summer: March through May, with State Summer Games in June

Governing Body: USA Track & Field

Number of Athletes Statewide: 45,238

Summer: March through May, with State Summer Games in June

Governing Body: National Federation of State High School Associations

Number of Athletes Statewide: 5,423

Fall: July through September, with State Fall Games in October

Governing Body: World Bocce Association

Number of Athletes Statewide: 32,419

Fall: July through September, with State Fall Games in October

Governing Body: USA Bowling

Summer: March through May, with State Summer Games in June

Governing Body: USA Bowling

Fall: July through September, with State Fall Games in October

Number of Athletes Statewide: 189

Fall: July through September, with State Fall Games in October

Governing Body: USA Cycling

Number of Athletes Statewide: 189

Fall: July through September, with State Fall Games in October

Governing Body: United States Equestrian Team

Note: Equestrian coaches have specialized training and extensive experience

Number of Athletes Statewide: 30,070

Winter: November through January, with State Winter Games in February

Number of Athletes Statewide: 3,202

Fall: July through September, with State Fall Games in October

Governing Body: United States Golf Association

Number of Athletes Statewide: 748

Summer: March through May, with State Summer Games in June

Governing Body: USA Gymnastics

Note: Gymnastics coaches have specialized training and extensive experience

Number of Athletes Statewide: 229

Summer: March through May, with State Summer Games in June

Governing Body: USA Powerlifting

Note: Powerlifting coaches have specialized training and extensive experience

Number of Athletes Statewide: 41

Winter: November through January, with State Winter Games in February

Governing Body: United States Figure Skating Association

Fall: July through September, with State Fall Games in October

Governing Body: USA Roller Skating

Number of Athletes Statewide: 28

Winter: November through January, with State Winter Games in February

Governing Body: USA Speedskating

Number of Athletes Statewide: 177

Winter: November through January, with State Winter Games in February

Governing Body: United States Ski Association

Note: Alpine skiing coaches have specialized training and extensive experience

Number of Athletes Statewide: 1,698

Winter: November through January, with State Winter Games in February

Number of Athletes Statewide: 12

Winter: November through January, with State Winter Games in February

Number of Athletes Statewide: 304

Winter: November through January, with State Winter Games in February

Number of Athletes Statewide: 29,674

Fall: July through September, with State Fall Games in October

Governing Body: USA Soccer

Number of Athletes Statewide: 20,024

Fall: July through September, with State Fall Games in October

Governing Body: Amateur Softball Association

Number of Athletes Statewide: 9,820

Summer: March through May, with State Summer Games in June

Number of Athletes Statewide: 26,495

Summer: March through May, with State Summer Games in June

Governing Body: USA Volleyball