Special Olympics New York Announces “Athlete of the Month” Series in Partnership with NY ABLE
Albany, NY – Special Olympics New York and the New York Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (NY ABLE) are pleased to announce the launch of an all-new Athlete of the Month program to highlight the achievements and character of individuals with and without disabilities participating in Special Olympics programs throughout the state.
NY ABLE is administered by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and allows eligible individuals with disabilities and their families to save for qualified disability related expenses, without limiting their ability to benefit from Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and other federal programs.
Athletes will be considered for this honor based upon recommendations by Special Olympics New York staff, coaches, fans and the community.
“With more than 42,000 athletes served all across New York, our organization has so many stories to tell,” said Stacey Hengsterman, President & CEO of Special Olympics New York. “Thank you to NY ABLE for its continued commitment to our athletes and the Special Olympics movement.”
“NY ABLE is proud to support the Athlete of the Month program,” said New York State Comptroller DiNapoli. “Many deserving, talented athletes will be recognized, and we hope through this partnership we can continue to eliminate barriers and raise awareness about the benefits of the NY ABLE program.”
Athletes featured must exhibit leadership in one or more of the following characteristics:
- Achievement in sport
- Sportsmanship (respect for coaches, officials, opponents, teammates)
- Character (playing by the rules, honesty, integrity)
- Commitment to improvement
To recommend a Special Olympics New York athlete, click here.
About Special Olympics New York
Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 42,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with more than 250 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. The organization has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.com and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, making it one of the most trusted charities in the business nationally. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.
About NY ABLE
The New York Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (NY ABLE) allows Eligible Individuals with disabilities and their families to save for qualified disability related expenses, without limiting their ability to benefit from federal benefit programs such as SSI, SSDI and Medicaid. NY ABLE offers multiple investment options including a checking account and debit card option allowing individuals with disabilities to maintain their independence and have quick and easy access to their own money. Earnings on investments can grow tax-deferred and are tax-free if withdrawals are used for qualified disability expenses. For additional information about NY ABLE, or to open an account, please visit www.mynyable.org. Eligibility requirements, investment objectives, risks, expenses, and other important information about NY ABLE is available in the Disclosure Booklet and Participation Agreement.