This is an exciting event that you won't want to miss. It's the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games in Syracuse on February 23rd and 24th.

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Over 500 athletes and coaches from all over New York will be coming to Cuse to play in four fantastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating, Snowshoe, and the state-level debut of Floorball.

Special Olympics New York NEEDS to fill 300 volunteer positions to help make this event a success. If you want to be a volunteer, go to their website and sign-up. Groups that want to volunteer together can send an email to volunteers@nyso.org

Here's some great news – no sports experience is needed! There are plenty of jobs available for individuals and groups, including helping with setup, parking assistance, handing out meals, escorting the athletes, taking photographs, keeping time and being a scorekeeper. There's something for everyone!

Stacey Hengsterman, the President & CEO of Special Olympics New York, said, "Our athletes are ready to give their all in Syracuse, and they're counting on the community to be there to support them. Volunteering with Special Olympics New York is an experience that you won't regret. So, please join us for this incredible celebration of inclusion!"

One of the local athletes, Kayla McKeon, from Syracuse, talked about her excitement for the upcoming games saying,  "We can't wait to go for the gold! Please consider volunteering to support our team and all the athletes participating in the State Winter Games."

The State Winter Games will be at different venues in the area, including The Oncenter for Floorball and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Greek Peak Ski Resort for Alpine Skiing, Thornden Park for Snowshoe, and the Upstate Medical Arena at Oncenter War Memorial will be used for Figure Skating.

The Special Olympics New York State Winter Games are Free For All To Attend

It's worth pointing out that all Special Olympics New York programs, including the State Winter Games, are free of charge. That include the athletes, their families, along with all the spectators and fans.

If you'd like to show your support by volunteering or making a donation to help cover the costs of the Games, go to specialolympics-ny.org/community/2024-winter-games/. Mark your calendars, grab your friends, and come see the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games in Syracuse.

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