Special Olympics New York Winter Games Comes to Rochester This Weekend

1,000 Athletes & Coaches from Across NYS to Compete in 6 Sports

Rochester, NY – It all comes down to this. After a season of training, approximately 1,000 athletes and coaches from across the state will travel to Rochester this weekend for the 2020 Special Olympics New York Winter Games, the highest level of competition offered in the state. Athletes will compete in six winter sports: Alpine & Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Snowboarding and Snowshoe.

“Special Olympics New York athletes competing this weekend have outplayed more than 30,000 of their peers in floor hockey, and more than 2,000 in the remaining sports, to earn this weekend’s shot at the gold medal. This is the moment they have all been waiting for,” said Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “We are so proud to be back in Rochester this year for the 2020 Winter Games, and to mark the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics New York in this amazing, generous community.”

The Winter Games are open to the public, free of charge. On site or online donations to support athlete training and competition are appreciated. The Games will be held as follows:

Friday, Feb. 21

Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St, Rochester

6:00 – 7:30 pm – Athlete Health Performance Stations
6:30 – 7:30 pm – VIP Reception
8:00 – 9:30 pm – Opening Ceremonies

Keynote Speaker: Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics Chief Inspiration Officer & six-time World Games Gold Medalist

Saturday, Feb. 22

8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Sports Competitions

  • Cross Country Skiing: Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, 5589 Hill Rd., Canandaigua
  • Figure Skating: Genesee Valley Sports Complex, 131 Elmwood Ave., Rochester
  • Floor Hockey: Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St, Rochester
  • Cross Country Skiing & Snowboarding: Swain Resort, 2275 Co Rd., Swain
  • Snowshoe: Rochester Community Sports Complex, 460 Oak St., Rochester

6:00 – 9:30 pm – Athlete Health Screenings, Riverside Convention Center
8:00 pm – Closing Ceremonies & Victory Dance

Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St, Rochester

Media are invited and encouraged to attend. Please contact Casey Vattimo (518.470.9909) or Robyn Armando (518.588.3459) to coordinate interviews with athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff attending the Winter Games.


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 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.