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Meet Katy: Team New York Gold Medalist, representing New York in the 2014 USA Special Olympics!
“I really enjoy taking part in the Spring Games at West Point. I look forward to it every year! The cadets are very supportive of all athletes. My father was a West Point Grad class of 1981, so I feel a special connection to the these games. Its wonderful to have such great athletes cheer us on! I received a gold medal in my heat and a silver medal in the turbojav (throwing copetition) while at the Spring Games at West Point.
Team New York is sending 80 athletes and 20-30 coaches. I am one of many athletes who be part of Team NY. The sport I will be competing is the Triathlon. The Special Olympics USA Games is in Princeton, NJ. It will be on June 14th to 21st. Please come out and support us athletes going for the GOLD!!”
Special Olympics New York Global Messenger (Hudson Valley Region)
About The Special Olympics of New York:
Our founder, Dorothy Buehring Phillips, established the Special Olympics New York program in 1969. That same year, New York sent a delegation of athletes and coaches to the Northeast Regional Special Olympics competition in Boston, Massachusetts. Special Olympics New York was fully incorporated in 1970 and Phillips was appointed the first State Director. In June, 1970, the first State Summer Games were held in Rochester.
Today, we serve 64,659 (2013 census) athletes, making Special Olympics New York the largest program in the United States and the sixth largest program in the world. Special Olympics New York has its headquarters in Schenectady, with offices in the Long Island (http://www.nyso.org/
To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through their participation in Special Olympics New York athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image, which carries into the classroom, the home, the workplace and the community. FUNDING SOURCES Special Olympics New York is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is funded primarily by donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.