In-Person and Zoom Practices!

Excited to report that in-person Special Olympics practices will begin on Sunday, May 23, 2021, from 10 to 11:30 am, in Central Park. We will be doing calisthenics and a modified track / soccer program. We currently have to abide by very strict COVID protocols. Therefore, we are only able to have 14 athletes at the first two practices (May 23 and May 30).

Because we currently have extremely limited availability, athletes who are interested in attending practice in person must send an email to specialolympics212@gmail.com to reserve a spot. You can only register for one week at a time to ensure that more athletes are able to participate. Merely sending the email does not guarantee that you can come. Instead, if there is still availability, you will receive an email which contains the specific location in Central Park for the practice and other relevant information. Sorry to be so secretive about the location but unfortunately at this time we cannot allow people who just show up to participate in practice. 😦

Unfortunately we are also unable to accommodate volunteers at our in-person practices at this time. However, athletes and volunteers are still absolutely 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

Hopefully, if the COVID numbers keep declining, we will be able to have up to 50 people in person (total number of athletes and coaches / volunteers combined), starting on Sunday, June 6th!

Athletes still 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!

Zoom Event with Bank of America on Sunday, April 11th at 11 am

We have practices every Sunday from 11 am to 12:15 pm on Zoom. It is great exercise and a lot of fun. We also have an awesome dance party at the end of each practice with DJs Das and Zahn! Athletes and volunteers are always welcome. The Zoom Meeting ID is 386 628 027 and password is 12345.

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

On Sunday, April 11th our Zoom practice (11 am to 12:15 pm) will be sponsored by Bank of America. They will be bringing a great group of volunteers. If you can’t make it to our regular practices, you are still welcome to join us for this special event. Please wear a Special Olympics t-shirt if you have one. No worries if you don’t have one. The Zoom Meeting ID is 386 628 027 and password is 12345.

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

Free Virtual Health Screening with Medical Professionals on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 10 am

Special Olympics is arranging a special virtual health screening and program for athletes, coaches, volunteers, families, etc. Learn about nutrition, diet, exercise, hydration, etc. This is being done specifically for our program so we want to have a good showing. It should be great.

You need to register here in advance and then you will receive the link for the program: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/webinar/register/WN_dQs_RzaERGSPFKrxLKxxxA

If possible, please measure your height, weight, and waist circumference before the program. But don’t worry if you can’t do it.

If you have any questions please contact Leanne Fusco at lfusco@nyso.org or (212) 661-6783

COVID-19 Vaccine Sign Up

As of this Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 8 am, people in New York with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Down syndrome will be able to sign up and schedule for the COVID vaccine at state-run mass vaccination sites including New York | Covid-19 Vaccine (ny.gov)

Special Olympics currently is not requiring athletes to get the vaccine to participate in programs and this information is not being offered in connection with Special Olympics. This is being provided for informational purposes only. Please check with your healthcare provider, social worker, case manager, etc. about the vaccine and COVID-19.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy Year of the Ox 🙂

Zoom Event with Bank of America (February 21st) and Exciting Info about a Partnership with the Women’s Tennis Association

We have practices every Sunday from 11 am to 12:15 pm on Zoom. It is great exercise and a lot of fun. We also have an awesome dance party at the end of each practice with DJs Das and Zahn! Athletes and volunteers are always welcome. The Zoom Meeting ID is 386 628 027 and password is 12345.

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

On Sunday, February 21st our Zoom practice (11 am to 12:15 pm) will be sponsored by Bank of America. They will be bringing a great group of volunteers. If you can’t make it to our regular practices, you are still welcome to join us for this special event. Please wear a Special Olympics t-shirt if you have one. No worries if you don’t have one. The Zoom Meeting ID is 386 628 027 and password is 12345.

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


CALLING TENNIS ATHLETES! The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA Charities) is partnering with Special Olympics to launch a monthly webinar series occurring February through July. With guest appearances from WTA players and support staff, Special Olympics athletes who attend will learn helpful tips and tools to improve their skills in tennis and life.

Webinars are open to all Special Olympics athletes, but geared towards (and recommended for) tennis players of all levels. It is not required to attend the webinar every month, however those who attend every month will receive a certificate upon completion!

Dates and monthly topics: Webinars will be hosted the third Thursday of each month at 6:30p ET. The official dates and monthly topics are the following:

•             Thursday, February 18: Overview of the Series and Goal Setting

•             Thursday, March 18: Nutrition

•             Thursday, April 15: Resilience and Perseverance

•             Thursday, May 20: Mental Health

•             Thursday, June 17: Identity: How to use your strengths and unique abilities

•             Thursday, July 15: Series Wrap Up: Review of sessions and goals; celebration of completion!

Please complete this survey if you’d like to attend the tennis webinar!

NYC will be starting its first ever tennis training club this coming summer season! If any new or existing athletes are interested in tennis, please connect them with me and share this great virtual opportunity out, too.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Bl_WCsbbxUSDcZBrvgHnLE_tY6pY06pLnainOV74mPlUOTA3VEREQ0pCSzhNTEpEV1dCWE5DMTJVQS4u

email stuffKim Byrne | Associate Director of Program
SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK
211 E 43rd Street, Suite 802, New York, NY 10017
Cell/Text/Fax: 212.661.4173

Information about the COVID-19 Vaccine for the Special Needs Community

Please see below for a message that was sent out from our headquarters office.  If you have athletes or families on your team who are interested in finding out more information about potential eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please forward them this information!

Keep in mind, this webinar is not designed specifically for our population.  questions can be submitted in advance by emailing

them to vaccinate.ny@exec.ny.gov.  If you have additional questions, please reach out to our office.  We are not the experts on this, but should be able to connect you to others who can be more helpful

To watch the webinar, please click this link: http://ny.gov/vaccinateny.

Best regards,

Lindsey

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK
211 East 43rd Street, Suite 802, New York, NY 10017
O: 212-661-3963 ext. 2210 | C: 212-682-8060

From: Special Olympics New York [mailto:president@nyso.org]
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Subject: Department of Health Webinar Tonight

Invitation to attend
https://files.constantcontact.com/d2b56c59001/023b1b94-b6ff-4254-8b05-06f62e2b74a6.png   Coaches: Below is a notice we just received from the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities that may be helpful for you and your athletes to learn more about potential eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Tonight’s webinar will be hosted by the Department of Health.     New York State Vaccination Webinar Invite   The New York State Department of Health will host a webinar for all people eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this evening, 1/11/2021, from 7 pm until 8:30 pm to help answer any questions you may have.   At this time, those eligible to receive the vaccination among the OPWDD population are those supported in congregate settings like group homes, their staff, staff who have direct contact with OPWDD service recipients in “outpatient” settings, and those over the age of 75.   Prior to the webinar, questions can be submitted in advance by emailing them to vaccinate.ny@exec.ny.gov.   To watch the webinar, follow this link: http://ny.gov/vaccinateny       ‌
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Opportunities for Special Olympics Athletes

Free Nutrition Class

Pace University’s Nutrition and Dietetics Program is offering a free Nutrition Q&A on Tuesday, December 8th at 7 pm. The session will last approximately 45 minutes and athletes/families will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding healthy eating, sports nutrition, cooking skills, picky eaters, and engaging children in the kitchen. 

RSVP here: www.fastfeetnyc.com/nutritioned

Zoom Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89437682038?pwd=ZnRWTTB5Wlh0OUFOL3dJcXlGZjdYQT09

Meeting ID: 894 3768 2038

Passcode: 449524  

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Virtual Meet & Greet and Scavenger Hunt

Join Saint Joseph Hill Academy of Staten Island as it partners with Special Olympics New York for a virtual Meet and Greet and Scavenger Hunt!

Where: Virtual—Link to be sent to all who RSVP

When: Wednesday, December 9th at 4 pm

For more information and to RSVP, email Casey Maloney at cmmaloney@nyso.org

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Unfortunately we are unable to offer any indoor programs at this time. Bowling will, hopefully, begin in person in November. However, we will continue to have Zoom practices on Sunday mornings from 11 am to 12:15 pm

Many of our Special Olympics athletes have compromised immune systems or other medical issues that put them at higher risk for complications from COVID. For safety reasons and out of an abundance of caution, we will be unable to offer any indoor programs — including bowling — until at least the middle of November. We realize this is disappointing but the safety of our athletes, coaches, volunteers, and families is critical.

We will continue to offer virtual practices every Sunday from 11 am to 12:15 pm on Zoom. This virtual program has been extremely successful and we welcome other athletes and volunteers to join us. If you don’t know how to access Zoom, don’t have computer or smartphone access, or have any difficulty connecting please contact specialolympics212@gmail.com and we will try to help.

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Virtual Practices, Competition, and Dance Party!

Just because we can’t physically be together doesn’t mean that we can’t still exercise, train, party, and see our friends!
We will continue to have virtual practices every Sunday from 11 am to 12 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
Unfortunately, we will not have softball practices this year because the Parks Department is not issuing permits for ballfields. 😦  But, our Zoom practices will continue through the summer. We plan to start our bowling season in September.
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We have a new program called Sports Season at Home. Please join us for Sports Season At Home, a Fitness Competition for Champions! This event is a safe way to compete against fellow athletes from across the state. Athletes will train and compete At Home and come together virtually to celebrate their accomplishments. www.specialolympics-ny.org/sports-season-at-home  Athletes will need valid medical and consent forms to participate. If you want to train and compete, please contact specialolympics212@gmail.com.

Events Offered:

  1. Modified or Standard Pushup
  2. Standing Broad Jump
  3. Step or Push Race
  4. V Sit-up
  5. Step Shuttle Run
  6. Vertical Leap
  7. Ball dribble
  8. High Knee Step
  9. Line jump side to side
  10. Line jump front to back
  11. Stair step
  12. Planking

Train for Your Events: Athletes can train in all skills, achieving their personal best and will select up to 4 of their favorite events for competition. Coaches will submit registration with qualifying scores for divisioning and then final scores for competition. Athletes will earn recognition honors. The Training Guide is available here and competition registration will be available by email from specialolympics212@gmail.com.

Submit Your Results: As you’re training, keep track of your scores using the tracking sheet here. Once your training is complete you will submit your best event scores to your coach.

If you have any questions on the Sports Season At Home please contact talktous@nyso.org.

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FREE DANCE PARTY!

Dance your socks off with a virtual dance with Special Olympics New York on Thursday, June 18th at 6 pm. The party is free but there is a fundraising option where you can win a cool pair of socks and other neat stuff. For more information and to register, visit specialolympics-ny.org/socktacular!

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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/

Weekly Live Workout- Friday at 11 AM

Every Friday at 11 AM, Special Olympics New York hosts a live webinar. For more information contact 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)