Statement by Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman on the New York State Budget

“Governor Hochul has showed up in an unprecedented way for people with disabilities, as evidenced by this year’s New York State Budget. The additional $1 million the governor has made available to Special Olympics New York will bring our inclusive sports and health programs to scores of families who need them in order to live their best lives.

“Additionally, State Senator John Mannion and his colleagues in the Legislature have positioned our movement to continue its rapid growth in schools across the state, ensuring that inclusion is the rule and not the exception for today’s youth.

“We are proud to live and work in a state that prioritizes inclusion in its schools and communities. On behalf of 45,000 Special Olympics New York athletes, Unified partners, and their families, thank you for being our champions.”

About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 45,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with more than 300 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 and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, 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.