Special Olympics New York State Fall Games Returns to Glens Falls This Weekend

500 Athletes from Across New York to Compete in 7 Sports Saturday
Media Also Invited to Athlete Press Conference Thursday & Opening Ceremonies Friday

Glens Falls, NY – The 2021 Special Olympics New York State Fall Games will return to Glens Falls this weekend. Nearly 500 athletes and more than 150 coaches from throughout New York will compete in 7 sports on Saturday: bocce, cycling, golf, equestrian, soccer, softball, and cross-country running.

The competitions will be preceded by Opening Ceremonies Friday night and an introductory press conference hosted by Special Olympics New York athlete leaders Thursday. State Fall Games events are OPEN PRESS and will be held as follows:

Athlete Leaders Press Conference with President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman
Thursday, Oct. 21, 4-5 p.m.
Park Street Theater, 14 Park St., Glens Falls

State Fall Games Opening Ceremonies
Friday, Oct. 22, 7-8 p.m.
Glens Falls City Park, Maple Street

State Fall Games Sports Competitions
Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bocce, Adirondack Sports Complex, 326 Upper Sherman Ave., Queensbury
Cycling, SUNY Adirondack, 640 Bay Rd., Queensbury
Golf, Brookhaven Golf Course, 333 Alpine Meadows Rd., Porter Corners
Cross Country Running, Glens Falls YMCA, 600 Glen St., Glens Falls
Soccer, Morse Athletic Complex, 267 Sherman Ave., Queensbury
Softball, Morse Athletic Complex and Adirondack Sports Complex
Equestrian, Skidmore College-Van Lennep Riding Center, 145 Daniels Rd., Saratoga Springs

“The 2021 State Fall Games will mark two very special milestones for our athletes, coaches and fans,” said Stacey Hengsterman, president & CEO of Special Olympics New York. “This will be our first Fall Games since we last held them in Glens Falls in 2015, and the first statewide competition we’re able to host in person since before the global health pandemic. I know I speak for our entire community when I say – thank you, Glens Falls!”

Special Olympics Return to Activity Protocols require that at least 80% of event participants be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. For more information about the safety protocols in place for State Fall Games, click here.

State Fall Games was eliminated from the Special Olympics New York budget six years ago due to financial constraints, leaving approximately 19,000 fall sports athletes statewide without a state-level competition since 2015. The Games were slated to return last October, but were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Special Olympics New York 2021 State Fall Games is sponsored by: Warren County/Visit Lake George, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mohawk Honda/Chevrolet, NYSID, SEFCU, Adirondack Oral Health, Albany Medical Center, Glens Falls National Bank, Hannaford, NBT Bank, Price Chopper/Market 32, Queensbury Hotel and Quick Response.

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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.

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