Public Schedule: 2023 Special Olympics New York State Fall Games Oct. 19 – Oct. 21

800 Athletes & Coaches from Throughout NYS to Participate

Glens Falls, NY – The 2023 Special Olympics New York State Fall Games will take place in Warren and Saratoga Counties this week, from Thursday, Oct. 19 to Saturday, Oct. 21. Approximately 800 athletes and coaches from throughout New York will participate in Opening Ceremonies Friday night and compete in 7 sports Saturday.

Photos from the 2022 Games in Glens Falls are available for advanced media coverage, HERE.The 2023 State Fall Games events listed below are OPEN PRESS.

Statewide Athlete Leadership Council

Thursday, Oct. 19, 12:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.  Queensbury Hotel, 88 Ridge Street, Glens Falls, NY – Warren Room The Statewide Athlete Leadership Council, comprised of athletes from throughout the state, gives athletes a voice in the organization’s strategic planning and day-to-day operations while also providing advanced training and life-skills development. 

Young Athletes Experience

Friday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Morse Athletic Complex, 267 Sherman Ave., Queensbury Local elementary school students with and without disabilities will field trip during the school day to experience Special Olympics New York’s signature Young Athletes Program, with assistance from the Statewide Athlete Leadership Council. Participating school districts include Lake George (10 – 11 a.m.), Saratoga Springs (11 a.m. – Noon), Queensbury (Noon – 1 p.m.) and Glens Falls (1 p.m. – 2 p.m.). 

Healthy Athletes Screenings

Friday, Oct. 20, 4:30 – 7 p.m. Queensbury High School, 409 Aviation Rd., Queensbury Athletes participating in the Games will receive free health screenings from volunteer medical professionals and students prior to Opening Ceremonies. Health disciplines represented will be Special Smiles (Dentistry), Fit Feet (Podiatry), Strong Minds (Emotional/Behavioral Health) and Health Promotion (General Health Education). 

State Fall Games Opening Ceremonies

Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Queensbury High School, 409 Aviation Rd., Queensbury  Special Olympics New York’s signature kick-off will include the parade of athletes, remarks by President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman, Glens Falls Mayor Bill Collins and athlete representatives as well as the traditional Law Enforcement Torch Run and lighting of the cauldron. 

State Fall Games Sports Competitions

Saturday, Oct. 21, approximately 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bocce, Adirondack Sports Complex, 326 Upper Sherman Ave., Queensbury Cycling, SUNY Adirondack, 640 Bay Rd., Queensbury  Golf, Brookhaven Golf Course, 333 Alpine Meadows Rd., Porter Corners  Cross Country Running, Cole’s Woods, 600 Glen Street, Glens Falls  Soccer, Morse Athletic Complex, 267 Sherman Ave., Queensbury  Softball Skills, Adirondack Sports Complex, 326 Upper Sherman Ave., Queensbury Equestrian, Skidmore College-Van Lennep Riding Center, 145 Daniels Rd., Saratoga Springs  

Fitness Performance Stations

Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Morse Athletic Complex, Upper Sherman Ave Athletes will visit Performance Stations before and during competitions to learn about how fitness can improve sport performance. Stations staffed by local sponsors and healthcare volunteers include focuses on physical activity/stretching, nutrition, hydration, and goal setting/positive mindset. 

Opportunities to Support State Fall Games

Volunteer or make a donation, HERE. Enter a statewide 50/50 Raffle that helps offset the costs of the Games, HERE

Warren County is the presenting sponsor of State Fall Games. Additional sponsors include: NY Able, NYSID, Sunmark, Glens Falls Foundation, Hudson Headwaters, Queensbury Hotel, NBT Bank, Federation of NY Insurance Professionals, Burch Bottle and Packaging, Gallagher, Goldman Sachs Ayco Personal Financial Management, Broadview Federal Credit Union, Behan Communications, Albany Med Health System-Glens Falls Hospital, New Era Cap Foundation, Casella Resource Solutions, Price Chopper/Market 32, and Legacy Volunteer Doug Crammer.