1,000 Athletes & Coaches from Across NYS to Compete

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Rochester, NY – The Special Olympics New York Winter Games will take place February 22-23 in various venues throughout the Greater Rochester Area. Nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches from across the state will participate.

The entire event is free and open to the media and the public. It will be held as follows:

VIP Reception

Friday, February 22, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Riverside Convention Center
123 E. Main Street, Rochester

Opening Ceremonies
Friday, February 22, 8:00 p.m.
Riverside Convention Center

123 E. Main Street, Rochester

Athletic Competitions
Saturday, February 23, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

           FULL SCHEDULE

  • Floor Hockey – Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main Street, Rochester
  • Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Showshoe – Swain Resort, 2275 Co Rd 24, Swain
  • Figure Skating – Genesee Valley Sports Complex, 131 Elmwood Ave., Rochester
  • Cross Country Skiing – Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, 5589 S. Hill Rd., Canandaigua

Closing Ceremonies and Victory Dance
Saturday, February 23, 8:00 p.m.
Riverside Convention Center

123 E. Main Street, Rochester

The weekend will kick-off with a VIP Reception hosted by Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman to thank Winter Games Honorary Chair, Monroe County Executive Cheryl DiNolfo, as well as the games organizing committee and major sponsors. Local government officials and Special Olympics New York athletes will also attend. Opening Ceremonies will include the ceremonial parade of athletes, local entertainment, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run to light the official cauldron and declare the 2019 Winter Games open.


About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving nearly 68,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with nearly 150 schools statewide to offer unified sports. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. Learn more at www.specialolympicsNY.org and #SpecialOlympicsNY.


Media Contact: Robyn Armando; 518.930.4890; rarmando@nyso.org
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