News

Keep up with the latest news, updates and developments in each of our regions and across the state.

Media Contact:
Casey Vattimo, cvattimo@nyso.org , @CVattimo

Keep up with the latest news, updates and developments in each of our regions and across the state.

Media Contact:
Casey Vattimo, cvattimo@nyso.org , @CVattimo

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics NY State Summer Games in Ithaca June 24 – 25, 2022
Local Leaders and Athletes Invite the Community to Get in on the Games Action
Law Enforcement Torch Run Season Underway for May and June
Torch Run season has begun! Learn more in this article.
Team NY by the Numbers
This June in Orlando, FL, we're going for the gold at USA Games! Learn more about our delegation below.
Joe Bellini of Katonah, NY Named As Special Olympics New York 2022 Coach of the Year
Special Olympics New York is thrilled to announce Joe Bellini, 56, of Katonah, as the 2022 Coach of the Year.
Special Olympics New York Announces Statewide Athlete Leadership
Special Olympics New York today announced the results of its Statewide Athlete Leadership Council elections.
Special Olympics Gymnast Dreams of Gold at 2022 USA Games
Chris Teich is headed to USA Games! Learn more about Chris in this article.
Special Olympics New York Coach Martha Pachuta is First-Ever Recipient of National Lifetime Achievement Award
Special Olympics NY is proud to announce that Martha Pachuta has been named the inaugural recipient of the Annette Lynch Lifetime Achievement Award for Coaching.
Special Olympics New York Named Top Workplace by Albany Times Union
Special Olympics New York has earned recognition as a 2022 Top Workplace in the Capital Region by the Albany Times Union.
Guest Blog Post: “Unified Sports Changed My Life”
PJ Benesh from Horseheads High School wrote about his experience playing Unified. Read all about it in this essay.
Even Champions Need Champions: Special Olympics New York CEO Testimony Highlights Opportunities for Inclusion Within New York City Schools
New York City, NY – Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman today highlighted a need for greater inclusion of students with disabilities in New York City schools, submitting testimony for a preliminary budget hearing of the New York City Council’s Committee on Education.
Enhance. Expand. Empower. Join the Special Olympics Movement to Grow an Inclusive New York
We have taken everything we knew from our first 50 years as one of the country’s largest Special Olympics chapters, added the incredible lessons learned throughout the most devastating health pandemic of our lifetime, and created a plan to be the best version of ourselves that we can be: for our current athletes and for those we have yet to meet.
Special Olympics New York Launches Strategic Plan to Double Athlete Participation, Grow Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Country’s Largest State Chapter Aims to Reach 71,000 Athletes with Life Changing Programs by 2025 NYC Targeted for Growth in Response to Urgent Need Among People with Intellectual Disabilities