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June 14 @ 6:00 PM - June 15 @ 11:00 PM EDT
The Special Olympics New York Summer Games will find its home in Dutchess County, NY from June 14-15, 2019. More than 1,500 athletes and coaches will travel from around the state to compete in a variety of summer sports. Vassar College will host our athletes along with Dutchess Community College, Fishkill Bowl, and Mr.Todd’s Gymnastics also serving as host sites. We are in need of volunteers.
The Honorary Chair of the Summer Games is Dutchess County Executive, Marcus J. Molinaro. The Summer Games Organizing Committee is led by Co-Chairs Frank Castella, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Mary Kay Vrba, Dutchess Tourism, Inc.
Opening Ceremonies is Friday, June 14th at 8 PM at Vassar College, featuring the Parade of Athletes, entertainment and the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron. Athletic Competition is Saturday, June 15th, in eight Olympic-style sports.
Tentative Schedule of Events
Friday, June 14
4:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Athlete Performance Stations – Vassar College
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – VIP Reception – Vassar College, Ely Hall
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies – Vassar College, Noyes Field
Saturday, June 15
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Track & Field – Vassar College, Prentiss Sports Complex
9:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Swimming – Vassar College, Kresge Pool
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Volleyball – Dutchess Community College, Falcon Hall
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Bowling – Fishkill Bowl
10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Tennis – Vassar College, Josselyn Tennis Courts
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Powerlifting – Dutchess Community College, Theatre
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Basketball – Vassar College, Walker Field House, Athletics & Fitness Center
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Gymnastics – Mr. Todd’s Gymnastics
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Healthy Athletes Screenings – Vassar College
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Closing Ceremonies, Victory Dance – Vassar College
Service Volunteers and Fans in the Stands are needed at Opening Ceremonies and all competitions!
Volunteer Information & Downloads
- Register to volunteer here Online |or| PDF format
- Helpful Hints & Tips
- Social Media Ambassadors outline
- Fans in the Stands master schedule
- Looking for Volunteer options? Simply decide your job & sport preference, click the info page, follow instructions given on page and we’ll see you there!
- Click here to see the information pages for volunteering for dinners and Opening Ceremonies.
General Public Information
- Tentative Schedule of Events
- Vassar College Map
- Press releases –