Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino today announced that the Town has partnered with Special Olympics New York to host the prestigious Spring Games North of the Special Olympics at Bethpage High School on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The opening ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m., followed by a full-day of competitive events featuring 600 athletes supported by 300 coaches and hundreds of volunteers. The games represent the culmination of months-long training for an Olympic-style competition by individuals with intellectual disabilities.
“Special Olympics are an opportunity to showcase the talents and achievements of the athletes, while also breaking down social barriers and stereotypes,” said Supervisor Saladino. “The Town of Oyster Bay is very proud to be a partner with Special Olympics New York and the Bethpage School District in making this important event a reality. Join us in witnessing the joy, courage and determination of these inspirational athletes.”
Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing individuals a continuing opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, make friends and experience the joy of competition.
“We thank the Town of Oyster Bay and the Bethpage School District for their commitment to Special Olympics,” said Tim Flynn, Director of Program for Special Olympics New York – Long Island Region. “The impression our athletes engrave in a host community is one of pride, unity and acceptance. We can’t wait for the games to begin.”
To volunteer or support the event, residents may call Special Olympics New York Director of Program Lindsey Coyle at (631) 254-1465 ext. 4202 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.