Genesee Region Alpine Skier Paige Ditzel Named Special Olympics New York Athlete of the Month for March

In Partnership with NY ABLE

Fairport, NY – Special Olympics New York and the New York Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (NY ABLE) are pleased to congratulate alpine skiing athlete Paige Ditzel from Fairport on being named the March 2024 Athlete of the Month.

Ditzel, age 21, skis with the Bristol Comets training club. Beyond skiing, she’s competed with Special Olympics New York for more than 10 years, trying sports such as swimming, snowshoe, track and field, along with Unified basketball and bowling. Off the field of play, Paige serves on the Genesee Region Athlete Leadership Council. Next year, she’ll be competing in alpine skiing at World Games in Torino, Italy.

“Paige is one of the brightest young stars in our organization,” said Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “Whether on the slopes, in her school community, or at leadership summits, she’s constantly striving for the very best.”

To earn eligibility for Athlete of the Month, athletes must exhibit leadership in one or more of the following: Achievement in Sport, Sportsmanship (respect for coaches, officials, opponents, teammates), Character (playing by the rules, honesty, integrity), and Commitment to Improvement and Perseverance.

Athletes are considered for this honor based upon recommendations by Special Olympics New York staff, coaches, fans and the community. To recommend a Special Olympics New York athlete, click here.