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Special Olympics Begins With “A Night of Champions” Thursday


The New York Special Olympics begins this Thursday, February 23rd with a special event called “A Night of Champions” at the Oncenter to honor local game changers and to raise funds to support the games.

The games are being held this year in Syracuse and nearly 500 Special Olympic New York athletes and coaches will be participating. Nearby venues in the Syracuse area will host 6 competitions in: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Snowboarding, and Snowshoeing.

“It’s great to be back in Syracuse, where competitive sports are a way of life and the community so clearly values the contributions of people with all abilities,” said President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman.

Honorees for Thursday’s event will be Susan Crossett, CEO of CPS Recruitment, Inc., Kenneth Greenlead, President of CSEA Region 5, and J. Ryan McMahon II, Onondaga County Executive. Tickets are available and can be purchased HERE, admission will include unified games, carving stations, and complimentary cocktails.

The New York Special Olympic Games will run through Saturday, February 25th, with closing ceremonies and a victory dance beginning at 7pm at the Oncenter.

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