We are hoping to begin in-person Special Olympics softball practices on Sunday, July 11, 2021, in Central Park.

Athletes and volunteers, please contact specialolympics212@gmail.com for more details if you are interested in attending. 

In addition, athletes and volunteers are still welcome to join us each Sunday from 11 am to 12:30 pm at our Zoom practices, which will continue indefinitely.

The Zoom Meeting ID is 386 628 027 and password is 12345.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/386628027

Athletes must have valid medical forms and comply with all COVID protocols. 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. However, Special Olympics is extending that deadline by six months because of the pandemic. Therefore, if an athlete’s medical form was signed by their doctor less than three and a half years ago, it is still valid. However, we recommend that all medical forms get updated ASAP.

Please email PDFs of completed forms to SpecialOlympics212@gmail.com or fax to (212) 319-6657. Always retain a copy.

Please contact Erica at specialolympics212@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy return to relative normalcy!

VIRTUAL PRACTICES EVERY SUNDAY MORNING (11 AM – 12:15 PM)

Just because we can’t meet in person every Sunday morning doesn’t mean that we can’t still have practice, exercise, and see our friends! We will have virtual 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 and password is 12345.
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In addition, Special Olympics New York is providing a lot of terrific virtual training programs. Check out https://www.specialolympics-ny.org/virtual/
Every Friday at 11 AM, Special Olympics New York hosts a live webinar.   To access this week’s live webinar or obtain more information about virtual events  please 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.

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

Basketball: In the non-Covid era, practices for the team and skills athletes are generally held on Sunday mornings in January, February, and March. For 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.

Bocce: In the non-Covid era, practices for Manhattan and Bronx training clubs are generally held on Friday evenings in August and September. For information contact (347) 398-0807 or ahudsongal@aol.com.

Bowling: In the non-Covid era, practices are generally held on Sunday mornings from September to November. We have virtual practices on Sundays from 11 am to 12:15 pm.  For information contact SpecialOlympics212@gmail.com.

Figure Skating: In the non-Covid era, practices are generally held on Sunday evenings during January, February, and March in Central Park. For information contact EmiFreese@gmail.com.

Floor Hockey: In the non-Covid era, practices for the team and skills athletes are generally held on Saturday afternoons. For information call (718) 445-2709.

Golf: In the non-Covid era, practices for Manhattan and Bronx training clubs are generally held on Tuesday evenings in August and September. For information contact (347) 398-0807 or ahudsongal@aol.com.

Powerlifting: In the non-Covid era, practices are generally held on Sundays during March, April, and May. For information contact kurt.f.flor@gmail.com.

Softball: In the non-Covid era, 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. We have virtual practices on Sundays from 11 am to 12:15 pm. For information contact SpecialOlympics212@gmail.com.

Swimming: In the non-Covid era, practices are generally held on Tuesday evenings from April to June. For information call (718) 445-2709.

Track and Field: In the non-Covid era, practices are generally held on Sunday mornings in April and May in Riverside Park. We have virtual practices on Sundays from 11 to 12:15 pm. For information contact SpecialOlympics212@gmail.com.

Volleyball: In the non-Covid era, 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 information contact SpecialOlympics212@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.

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. Special Olympics New York never charges athletes, their families or caregivers to train or compete.