Oyster Bay Town to host Special Olympics Spring Games in Farmingdale

Over 500 Athletes to Compete in an Olympic-Style Contest on May 6th 

Farmingdale, NY: Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town will once again host the prestigious Special Olympics Spring Games in partnership with Special Olympics New York. Held at the Farmingdale Athletic Complex on May 6, the games will include a full day of competitive track and field events for over 500 athletes supported by more than 300 coaches. These athletes – children and adults with intellectual disabilities – have dedicated months to training for an Olympic-style competition that will culminate with the contest during these Spring Games.

“Special Olympics are an opportunity to showcase the hard work, dedication, talents, and tremendous athletic achievements of athletes, while also paving the way to eliminate social barriers and stereotypes differently-abled individuals face,” said Supervisor Saladino. “The Town of Oyster Bay is very proud to be a partner with Special Olympics New York and the Farmingdale School District in making this important event a reality. I hope you’ll 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 them a continuing opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, make friends, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families,” Diane Colonna, Vice President, Downstate Operations Special Olympics, New York said. “We are honored that the Farmingdale School District will host our Spring Games and make a difference in the lives of these athletes.” 

The event will be held on Saturday, May 6th at the Farmingdale Athletic Complex at Howitt Middle School. For more information on how to get involved, visit the school’s website at www.farmingdaleschools.org. If you are eligible to participate in the games, visit www.specialolympics-ny.org to register. 

“This event would be impossible without the generosity of our sponsors, including Optimum, MSG Networks, and 7- Eleven, as well as the residents and volunteers who attend to cheer on these dedicated athletes. We hope to see you in the stands on May 6th to show your support for Special Olympics in our community. All are welcome!” Supervisor Saladino concluded. 

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