Special Olympics New York Announces Virtual Competition for Floor Hockey Skills and Snowshoe

While the Omicron variant has sparked a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, the team at Special Olympics New York hasn’t stayed idle. They’ve created a new virtual opportunity for athletes all over the state.

This new initiative is open to Floor Hockey and Snowshoe athletes from any of the state’s nine regions. Participants will record their preliminary scores, which will then be submitted electronically to the Hudson Valley Region office for divisioning. After divisions are posted to ensure a fair competition for all participants, athletes compete in the same events again, this time for gold, silver, and bronze medals. 

“When the pandemic first affected us in March 2020, our staff was quick to develop creative new opportunities for our athletes to keep them active,” said Stacey Hengsterman, President and CEO of Special Olympics New York. “After this recent wave of cases, they’ve done it again. We are so proud to offer a statewide skills competition in addition to our ongoing in-person sports. Good luck to all the athletes competing!”

Floor Hockey Skills include Shoot Around Goal, Pass, Stickhandling, Shoot for Accuracy, and Defense. Snowshoe competition includes races at the following distances: 25, 50, 100, and 200 meters. Where there is no snow, athletes will compete on sand.

Preliminary scores for both Floor Hockey Skills and Snowshoe are due January 21. Final scores are due February 3.