New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc., Special Olympics New York Publish Recipe Book to Commemorate 50th Anniversary

Collection of Recipes from Athletes, Coaches, Fans & Celebs to Benefit SONY 

Albany, NY – New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) and Special Olympics New York today published a collection of recipes from athletes, coaches, fans, celebrities and more. The Recipe Book includes 50 recipes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics New York, celebrated in 2020.

The Recipe Book will be on sale at this link.

It includes favorites from high-profile supporters, including the TODAY Show’s Al Roker, Buffalo Bills Long Snapper Reid Ferguson, WWE Superstars Paul “The Big Show” Wight and Drew McIntyre, Fashion Model Jacquelyn Jablonski and Elite Trainer Shannon Shape as well as Special Olympics International leaders, Chairman Tim Shriver and CEO Mary Davis.

Featured on the cover of the Recipe Book is Joe Penzel, a Special Olympics New York figure skater and employee of Spectrum Designs, a NYSID Member Agency. Recipes are broken out as a game day would be, with Game Day Breakfasts, Pre-Game Apps, Main Event Entrees, 7th Inning Stretch Snacks and Celebration Sweets.

“It’s often said that cooking is love made visible,” said NYSID President & CEO Maureen O’Brien.  “I’m touched by the athletes, coaches, fans, and supporters who are sharing love at this special time of year through the gift of their recipes. It’s especially warming to end a year of many challenges through this gift-giving collaboration with Special Olympics New York and Spectrum Designs.”

“It is our hope that this unique collection will not only open minds to new, delicious recipes but also serve as a reminder of the importance of inclusion over the holiday season and year-round,” said Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman, who submitted a summer ravioli. “We are so grateful for our ongoing partnership with NYSID and Spectrum Designs, which has enabled us to offer a one-of-a-kind recipe book produced by and for people with disabilities as well as those they inspire.”

In addition to the book, gift boxes may be compiled with three branded kitchen items. All purchases are a classified as a tax-free charitable donation and will ship for free, in time for the holiday season.



New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) helps individuals with disabilities find rewarding employment through a statewide network of rehabilitative Member Agencies and private sector Corporate Partners. This ensures jobs and paychecks for more than 5,000 individuals annually, a dedicated workforce which earned $71.4 million in 2020 alone. For more information about NYSID Purchasing That Powers Employment, visit www.nysid.org.

About Special Olympics New York

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 67,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with more than 220 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit www.specialolympicsNY.org.