Special Olympics New York Announces “May ONE Mile” Walk for Inclusion

Registration Open for Virtual Event on Saturday, May 1 at 1 p.m.

Albany, NY – Special Olympics New York today opened registration for the second annual “May ONE Mile,” a virtual walk for inclusion that will take place in communities across the state. Participating individuals and teams will simultaneously step off on a one-mile walk at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1.

Special Olympics invites all New Yorkers to register at: www.specialolympicsNY.org/mayONEmile.

“We created this virtual walk last year when our athletes and many of us were struggling with the social isolation brought on by the global health pandemic,” said Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “While we are slowly and cautiously getting back to a normal routine now, one year later, it certainly doesn’t hurt to be reminded that even when we are apart, we #WalkAsOne.”

“The May ONE Mile is a great way for families, classes, coworkers and sports teams to get together and show their support for Special Olympics New York and for including people with intellectual disabilities,” said Special Olympics New York Athlete and Employee Jude Killar, of Albany. “Thank you to everyone who joins us.”

In addition to raising awareness about the importance of inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, the May ONE Mile is a fundraiser for Special Olympics New York with 100% of the proceeds supporting the athletes’ return to sports training and competition.

While the walk is open to everyone who wishes to participate for free, those who complete the online registration and provide a suggested donation of $25 to support Special Olympics New York athletes will be eligible for prizes and also receive the official May ONE Mile Spotify playlist created by Jude Killar.

Special Olympics New York will livestream a May ONE Mile kickoff in its Facebook Event, where photos and videos will also be shared by participants.

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About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 68,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with about 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, 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.

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