We will be having virtual practices every Sunday at 11 am on Zoom.


Just because we can’t be in Central Park every Sunday morning doesn’t mean that we can’t still have practice, exercise, and see our friends! We will have virtual softball  practices every Sunday from 11 am to 12:15 pm  until we can safely be together. Wear a Special Olympics t-shirt (if you have one), exercise clothing, and a smile. The Zoom Meeting ID is 386 628 027 but you have to email specialolympics212@gmail.com for the password (it is the same every week).
In addition, Special Olympics New York is providing a lot of terrific virtual training programs. Check out https://www.specialolympics-ny.org/virtual/

Weekly Live Workout- Friday at 11 AM

Every Friday at 11 AM, Special Olympics New York hosts a live webinar.   To access this week’s live webinar, email lcoyle@nyso.org.

New health and fitness content is posted regularly to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/polarsony/.  Sport specific workout videos will be posted on the channel soon!

Athletes- join our Fit5NY Facebook Group and share photos of what you’re doing each day!

We have recently started to post sport-specific trainings that can safely be done at home with little or no equipment.  One of the first sports to be uploaded is powerlifting.  There is a series of 3 videos that have been posted.  Each workout focuses on one of the events for competition and is designed to be done once per week.

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKnpOoOOGp4 (focuses on squat)

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1k1-PQrGtY (focuses on bench press)

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wz-BkB14X0 (focuses on deadlift)

While our programs are suspended, we’ve been working to develop ways for our athletes, families, and volunteers to stay engaged.  The virtual programming is a great start, but we know that a lot of folks are missing out on the social connections right now.  SONY Connect is an inclusion initiative to pair volunteers and athletes to get in touch and form relationships during this time of social distance and isolation.

If any athletes would like to be paired up virtually with our volunteers (text, FaceTime, email, etc.), please take 2 minutes to fill out this Google Form to help us match people up: https://forms.gle/nma6MTfQ7hXFrvuBA.  The form is designed so that either an athlete can fill it out or someone can fill it on behalf of an athlete.

If you have any feedback or run into any trouble during these initial stages, or would like to volunteer to help, please notify Kim Byrne at kbyrne@nyso.org.

Additionally, we are rolling out a letter writing campaign for volunteers statewide to write notes of encouragement to our athletes with limited or no access to the internet. If you know of athletes who would benefit from receiving letters in the mail, please notify kbyrne@nyso.org. The NYSO staff will receive the letters and mail them out to athletes, so athlete information is not being shared with anyone outside the SONY office.

Kim Byrne | Associate Director of ProgramSPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK
211 East 43rd Street, Suite 802, New York, NY 10017
Office: 212.661.4173 x 2220
Direct/Fax/Text: 212.661.4173

This site contains information about certain Special Olympics New York training clubs in Manhattan.

Track and Field: Track practices are generally held on Sunday mornings in April and May in Riverside Park. We have virtual track practices on Sundays from 11 to 11:45 am. For more information about track and field contact SpecialOlympics212@gmail.com.

Powerlifting: Practices are generally held on Sundays during March, April, and May. We have virtual powerlifting practices on Sundays from 10 to 11 am. For more information about powerlifting contact kurt.f.flor@gmail.com.

Softball: Practices for the team and skills athletes are generally held in July and August on Sunday mornings (9 am to 10:30 am) at Central Park’s Great Lawn. Unfortunately, there will be no softball practices this year. The Parks Department is not issuing permits for ballfields this summer. We have virtual track practices on Sundays from 11 am to 12:15 pm. For more information about softball contact SpecialOlympics212@gmail.com.

Floor HockeyPractices for the team and skills athletes are generally held on Saturday afternoons. For information about floor hockey call (718) 445-2709.

Swimming: Swimming practices are generally held on Tuesday evenings from April to June. For information about swimming call (718) 445-2709.

Basketball: Practices for the team and skills athletes are generally held on Sunday mornings in January, February, and March. Unfortunately, our basketball program has been suspended for the rest of the 2020 season because of Coronovirus. For more information about basketball skills contact SpecialOlympics212@gmail.com.  For information about the basketball team contact lgerowitz@gmail.com, marksehl@gmail.com, or davidjsehl@gmail.com.

Volleyball: Volleyball practices for the team and skills athletes are generally held on Sundays in March, April, and May at Hunter College from 9 am to 10:30 am. For more information about volleyball contact SpecialOlympics212@gmail.com.

Bocce: Practices for Manhattan and Bronx training clubs are generally held on Friday evenings in August and September. For more information please contact (347) 398-0807 or ahudsongal@aol.com.

Golf: Practices for Manhattan and Bronx training clubs are generally held on Tuesday evenings in August and September. For more information please contact (347) 398-0807 or ahudsongal@aol.com.

Bowling: Practices are held on Sunday mornings from September to November. For more information about bowling contact SpecialOlympics212@gmail.com.

Figure Skating: Practices are held on Sunday evenings during January, February, and March in Central Park. For more information about figure skating contact EmiFreese@gmail.com.

For general information about Special Olympics and other programs in New York visit www.nyso.org.

Medical/Consent Forms:

Here is a link for the medical form that must be completed by a medical professional before any athlete can participate in Special Olympics. SONY med consent blank new form 2019.  Medical forms are only valid for three years. Please email PDFs of completed forms to SpecialOlympics212@gmail.com or fax to (212) 319-6657. Always retain a copy.

If you have any questions contact SpecialOlympics212@gmail.com.

What is Special Olympics?

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics has created a model community that celebrates people’s diverse gifts. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. 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, Special Olympics New York (SONY) is the largest program in the United States and the nearly the largest program in the world. Our headquarters are located in Albany, with offices in the Long Island, New York City, Hudson Valley, Capital, Central, Genesee and Western Regions.

Our Mission:

To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Who is eligible to participate in Special Olympics?
To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, you must be at least 6 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially designed instruction.

Special Olympics New York is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is funded primarily by donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. Special Olympics New York never charges athletes, their families or caregivers to train or compete.