Onondaga County Becomes Lead Sponsor of Upcoming Special Olympics New York State Winter Games in Syracuse

Volunteers Needed for Friday, Feb. 25 & Saturday, Feb. 26

Syracuse, NY – Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman today announced that in addition to hosting the State Winter Games in Syracuse later this month, Onondaga County has emerged as lead sponsor, allocating $15,000 of legislative support to offset the nonprofit’s cost for the Games.

Onondaga County Executive J. Ryan McMahon, II said the county is honored to host Special Olympics New York athletes, coaches and fans, and proud to be able to provide some funding as well.

“We could not be more proud to sponsor the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games and welcome all of the athletes to Onondaga County. I encourage anyone who is able to sign-up to volunteer as well as cheer on these amazing athletes.” McMahon said. “I also encourage the athletes and their families to enjoy all Onondaga County has to offer when they aren’t competing at the Games!”

“We are so grateful to have found champions in County Executive McMahon and his colleagues in the legislature,” said Hengsterman. “This additional support from Onondaga County feels like a great big hug as we prepare to bring our signature State Winter Games back to Syracuse.”

At the 2022 State Winter Games Feb. 25 – 26, approximately 500 Special Olympics New York athletes and coaches from throughout the state will compete in 6 sports: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Snowboarding and Snowshoe.

Volunteers are still needed to support the Games. Volunteers must be vaccinated and registered in advance. No sports experience is necessary. To volunteer, Register Here and select “2022 State Winter Games.”

Volunteer jobs include set up, parking assistance, meal distribution, safety assurance, awards, athlete escorts, photography, timers, scorekeepers and other specific venue needs.

To support the Games either by volunteering or making a donation, visit: https://www.specialolympics-ny.org/community/2022-winter-games/.

Area venues hosting the Special Olympics New York Winter Games are: The OnCenter (Floor Hockey, Opening and Closing Ceremonies), Highland Forest (Cross Country Skiing), Greek Peak Ski Resort (Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding), Thornden Park (Snowshoe) and War Memorial (Figure Skating).



About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 51,000 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.