Triumph Special Olympics New York • OCTOBER 2002
Team New York
Sean O’Rourke Area 31
Kathleen Rogan Area 10
Team New York Selected for Ireland
Thirty-three athletes and coaches will take part in the Megan Clair Area 12
MaryAnne Silverstrim Area 32
2003 World Games in Dublin.
ROLLER SKATING (ARTISTIC):
Jennifer Yost Area 24
wenty-seven athletes and six Opening Ceremonies with the letters U.S.A. Kristine Fuller Area 24
coaches from New York state have across their backs. They will be fulfilling a Pamela Robbins Area 24
been selected to participate in the dream shared by all American athletes.”
2003 Special Olympics The Games will take BOCCE:
World Summer Games in place June 21 to 29. Paul Amoroso Area 12
Troy Riegler Area 12
Dublin, Ireland. Athletes will arrive by the Tim Roland Area 12
“I’m very excited,” 16th to take part in the Host Craig Mumford Area 12
said Paul Asaro, 24, a Town Programme, where
cyclist from Eastchester. “I athletes and coaches will POWERLIFTING:
am the only one from stay with host families to Wendy Hawkins Area 7
Indiria Upshaw Area 9
Westchester County who is rest, practice and partici- Jodi Rosen Area 34
actually going. It will be my pate in a cultural exchange Kim Richards Area 14
first time off the United with the people of Ireland.
States land.” In addition to 7,000 ATHLETICS:
Asaro will join 7,000 athletes, the World Summer John Woodward Area 37
Peter Graham Area 37
athletes from 160 countries Games will include 3,000 Matthew Barnum Area 31
who will gather next June in coaches and officials, and Christian Russo Area 35
Ireland for two weeks of celebration and 28,000 family members. It marks the first
competition, making the Games the largest time in the 34-year history of Special CYCLING:
multisport event in the world next year and Olympics that the World Summer Games is Paul Asaro Area 3
Thomas Romeo Area 14
the largest sporting event ever hosted in being held outside of the United States. Keith Robbins Area 17
Ireland. Nancy Hogan, who’s coached Special Ed Taylor Area 12
“On behalf of Olympics for 17 years,
Special Olympics New will attend the Games as EQUESTRIAN:
I’m very excited. David Hill Area 33
York, I want to con- a Track & Field coach.
It will be my Stephen Rodrick Area 19
gratulate each athlete “I was excited
first time off the Scott Tongue Area 2
who will compete in when I first heard that I Christopher Donohue Area 31
Ireland next year,” said had been selected, and
Neal J. Johnson, I’m even more excited COACHES:
– Athlete Nancy Hogan, Athletics Area 4
president and chief now. I want to go
Paul Asaro Bernadette Donohue, Bocce Area 12
executive officer of tomorrow,” Hogan said. Mary Ceci, Roller Skating Area 24
Special Olympics New “I’m even more excited Larry Kolwaite, Cycling Area 12
York. “It will be a proud moment for all of us for the athletes. For many of them, this is Sue Epstein, Equestrian Area 19
when each of these fine athletes, who have the first time they’ve been this far away Bob Goold, Powerlifting Area 24
all earned a chance to represent their town, Jennifer Whipple, Head of Delegation, SONY
county, state and country, parade in to Continued on p. 7
INSIDE 4 Fall Games in Review 5 Healthy Athletes 7 Golf Invitational
Find up-to-date information on our official Web site, www.specialolympicsnewyork.org.
A Message from the
Neal J. Johnson is President & CEO
of Special Olympics New York, Inc. Calendar of Events
O n Dec. 4, Special
grams in the United
States will participate
in a unique fund-
though CIBC World October November
19 Bowl-A-Thon, Manhattan 2&3 Bowling West, (Age 22+),
USA Miracle Day AMF Olympic Lanes, Rochester
19 Section 2 Adult Bowling,
is a program coordi- (Age 22+), Bowling Time Lanes,
nated by CIBC World 8-10 Bowling Central, (Age 22+),
New Windsor AMF Pin-O-Rama, Utica
Markets, which is the investment banking
and brokerage division of the Canadian 19 Section 3 Adult Bowling, 9 Bowling East, (Age 22+),
Imperial Bank of Commerce. (Age 22+), Pine Lanes, Melville Lanes
Miracle Day is a one-day event that South Glens Falls
raises money for a variety of charities 23 & 24 Fall Leadership Conference & Awards
benefiting children throughout the world. 19 Section 4 Bowling, (Age 22+), Banquet, Sheraton Hotel,
On that day, the sales force of CIBC – both Lakeview Lanes, Fulton Saratoga Springs
institutional and retail account executives –
will donate their commissions to charities. 23 The Real Estate & Construction Gala, Also scheduled during November,
For example, CIBC clients can tell New York Sheraton, Manhattan with dates to be confirmed:
their brokers to forward all commissions on
a particular transaction to the charity of the 27 Section 1 Adult Bowling, Area Coordinators’ Council meeting *
client’s choice. For the first year, Special (Age 22+), Maple Lanes, Brooklyn Training schools – Scheduled as
Olympics New York will be one of the needed throughout the year *
approved charities. For those of you who
do not have an existing
brokerage account at CIBC,
you may contact a CIBC
branch on or before Nov. 1
to open one. Then, if you
make a transaction or
transactions on Dec. 4, you * For more details, please contact your Director of Field Services or the
will be able to direct the brokers commis- Special Olympics New York office.
sions to our organization.
Since 1984, Miracle Day has raised
more than $60 million for children’s charities
all over the world. In 2001 alone, Miracle
Day raised $12 million the U. S.
The purpose of Miracle Day is to
raise the quality of life for all children. Triumph Vol. 6, No. 10 October 2002
Special Olympics, as you know, strives to
achieve this every day through sports Triumph is published 12 times a year by the Public Relations Department for the athletes, volunteers,
training and competition. Miracle Day can employees, Board members, Area programs, sponsors and donors of Special Olympics New York, Inc.
also help us raise awareness, prepare our Inspire Greatness
athletes for future success, attract sponsors Special Olympics New York, Inc., 504 Balltown Road, Schenectady, NY 12304-2290
and volunteers, and encourage parents and Phone: (518) 388-0790 Fax: (518) 388-0795 Web site: www.specialolympicsnewyork.org
teachers to steer their children and students
with mental retardation towards Special SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK BOARD MEMBERS
The potential for a program such as EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Miracle Day is enormous for Special Anthony J. Bifaro, Chairman Daniel J. Callahan Lynn M. McCann Eileen M. Pfeiffer
Allan O. Birkett Sara Daggett William J. Murabito Richard Salinardi
Olympics New York – not only this year but Marla J. Greenspan Thomas F. O’Brien
Thomas E. Blake
for many years to come.
For more than three decades in New BOARD MEMBERS
York, we’ve seen miracles happen on the
Dayle Bass William P. Harrington James T. Mahoney Warren Pick
playing field and in the lives of our athletes. Susan A. Brandt James F. Horan Steven Maiman Anthony Principe
Miracle Day is just another opportunity for Menzo D. Case Richard P. Johnson Kathi Nolan Carmen J. Smith
all of us to make sure these miracles Dorothy M. Chapman Cheryl L. Jonas-Acquilla Michael F. Petramalo Theodore Wolfstich
continue to happen. Matthew F. Gras James R. MacPhail
For step-by-step instructions on this
innovative program, please visit TRIUMPH STAFF
specialolympicsnewyork.org. James J. Smith Doreen Hand Darcie Henderson
Vice President, Editor Design
2 Special Olympics New York
Winged Foot Welcomes Masters and British Open Champ
Sandy Lyle conducts clinic, greets athletes at annual Golf Classic.
I t was one day after Europe’s Ryder Cup
victory over the Americans and, one by
one, the players at Winged Foot Golf Club
congratulated Sandy Lyle for the victory.
It had been 15 years since Lyle had
played a Ryder Cup match, but it didn’t
matter to the guests. It also didn’t matter
that Lyle had watched the final pairings
from a hotel bar in San Antonio, “sur-
rounded by 20 Americans,” as he put it. The
Americans were happy for him, and they
wanted him to know it.
“I’m glad the Europeans won,” said a
golfer, one of 175 who took part in the
Twelfth Annual Golf Classic to benefit
Special Olympics New York. “They seem to
appreciate it much more.” Lyle, the tactful
Scotsman smiled without agreeing or
Lyle, who played on five consecutive
Ryder Cup teams, did a lot of smiling that
day, as he posed with every foursome, Sandy Lyle helps Craig Ludin line up a putt at Lyle’s Winged Foot clinic.
signed autographs, gave tips and hit an
occasional 300-yard tee shot to demon- clinic, demonstrating
strate the difference between a tour player difficult sand saves
and the rest of us. He conducted a morning and putts.
Lyle had not had
much experience with
before being invited to
the Golf Classic by
sponsored the event
along with Time, Inc.
Yet, Lyle, who is a
spokesman for Natural
Golf, said he was
impressed with the
way the athletes play
and the way they are
Peter Pellegrino, left, presented a gift to sponsor Toshiaki “Tag”
Taguchi, president and chief executive officer of Toyota North
“It’s great to see
them playing the game
of golf, or even attempting to play,” said
Lyle, who credits Natural Golf for his Golf: The Lyle Way.” In all, Lyle has won 29
improvement in his play over the past 18 tournaments worldwide in his 25-year career.
months. “The athletes are very quick to pick One of his most memorable was the 1988
things up, which is important for people to Masters, where he dueled Mark
Players tried to ace the par-3 for a chance understand. It’s not necessary to make golf Calcavecchia down the stretch. Down by a
to win a Lexus sports car. It went unclaimed. more complicated than it already is.” shot at the 16th hole in the final round,
Lyle, 44, still enjoys a very successful Sandy birdied the hole and went on to hit a
career as a course architect, author and spectacular second shot from the bunker on
player, spending much of his time on the the par-4 18th. He sunk the 10-foot birdie
European tour. He is the author of “Champi- putt to win the green jacket.
Photos by Dominick Totino onship Courses of Scotland” and “Learning
October 2002,TRIUMPH 3
Special Olympics New York Says Goodbye to
Saugerties During Exciting Fall Games Festivities
After two years in the Catskills, Games will move west in 2003-2004.
I t may have been the last year of
Saugerties two-year stint hosting the Fall
Games, but the athletes of Special Olympics
first season competing with the Ulster
program after moving from Manhattan. As a
Global Messenger, he represented his new
New York celebrated as if it was a “home- program by leading his fellow athletes in the
coming”… which was the theme of this Athletes’ Oath. He was joined by Female
year’s Games Oct. 4 to 6. Athlete of the Year, Alicia Zeitz.
Although the Opening Ceremonies However, Coombs’ new Softball team
had to be moved into the auditorium of lost during their Gold medal defense to the
Saugerties High School because of the rain, AlleCatts from Allegany/Cattaraugus.
Coombs said. “I’m
just glad I still have
a chance to compete
in a program like Sabrina Bach and Steve Mower ignite
this.” the Cauldron to start the Games.
Veterans Memorial behind us,” said Director of Competition
Complex hosted the Peter Lawrence. “Our Special Olympics
Softball competition athletes could not have asked for a finer
as well as Soccer place to showcase their talents.”
and Cycling. Cross- During the Closing Ceremonies,
Country was held athletes Andy Marshall and Summer
across the street at Bradley accepted the torch from Ulster
Saugerties High County athletes on behalf of Seneca Falls
School. Equestrian and Area 19, which will host the Fall Games
was at Beaverkill for the next two years.
Athletes competed in six sports, including Softball. Farm and Golf was “We’re so excited that the Games are
split between Rip coming to our Area next year,” Marshall
the air inside was charged with the energy Van Winkle and Thunderhart golf courses. said. “We can’t wait. It’s going to be fun.”
of nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches. They “It is very rewarding to see an event It was clear from the crowd response
stood and cheered as an athlete and coach like this come together. From the first day when the host city was announced at
representing each program carried their we arrived in Saugerties the community got Closing, that many people are excited about
banner down the aisle, going to the Finger Lakes. But don’t be
accompanied by a Healthy surprised if the Fall Games come
Athletes health care profes- back to Saugerties.
sional. “It is always hard when
Adding to the excite- we leave a community and
ment was the Emerald Saugerties is no exception,”
Society Pipe and Drum Band, Lawrence said. “But as the
as well as dancing and event came to a close, many
gymnastics performances by community leaders and organiz-
Excel Gymnastics. ing committee members were
Everyone’s favorite emcee, asking us to come back soon.”
Yolanda Vega, from the New Look online at
York Lottery, whipped the www.specialolympicsnewyork.org
audience into a frenzy. for more photos and competi-
“It was very exciting tion results.
watching it from the stage,”
said Ulster County athlete
Rupert Coombs who is in his Area 12 cyclist Kyle Utter makes his way through the course.
4 Special Olympics New York
Conference Focuses on Health Care Needs of Athletes
Healthy Athletes symposium draws 50 clinicians from across the state.
F ifty health care professionals from
across New York gathered Oct. 3 to 6 in
Albany and Saugerties to discuss the best
communities who otherwise might have little
to no contact with persons with mental
retardation have the opportunity to interact
practices for providing clinical and see these individuals for who
health services to patients In giving, you will they truly are – people who, like
with mental retardation. receive more than the rest of us, experience love,
The Special Olympics you give. joy, achievement, frustration and
New York 2002 Healthy – Dr. Novello pain,” Dr. Novello said. “In
Athletes Conference was giving, you will receive more than
organized through a grant from the New you give.”
York State Health Department, whose The delegation of health care profes-
commissioner, sionals attended
Antonia C. Opening Ceremo-
Dr. Vincent Filanova, left, discusses
Novello, M.D., nies of the Fall
Special Smiles with conference attendees.
M.P.H., Dr.PH., Games in
delivered opening Saugerties, serving Amsterdam; Dr. Beth Lannon of San
remarks. as parade mar- Francisco; and Dr. Su Danberg of Stamford,
Dr. Novello shals. They spent Conn.
congratulated the Saturday staffing The objectives of the Special Olym-
volunteer spirit of the Healthy pics New York Healthy Athletes initiative is
the clinicians, all of Athletes tents in to improve access to health care for Special
whom specialize in Olympic Village, Olympic athletes, to train and educate
providing hearing, where they health care professionals and students
dental or vision delivered health about the special needs of people with
care. Dr. Novello is Neal Johnson, left, Global Messenger Steve screenings as part mental retardation and to raise general
a member of the Caruso, and Dr. Novello enjoy a light moment of the Opening awareness of the health issues facing this
Special Olympics, at the start of the conference. Eyes, Special population.
Inc. Board of Directors. Smiles and Healthy Hearing programs. Healthy Athletes is sponsored by the
“Because Special Olympics is based The training sessions were coordi- state Health Department, Lions Club
on community involvement, people in our nated by Dr. Vincent Filanova of International and HealthNow New York.
Special Olympics Suffolk County Athletes Enjoy a “Day in the Sun”
Sailing and a picnic mark a day of recreation.
W ith a name like a “Day in the Sun,”
expectations are always high for
this annual event.
to the annual “Day In The Sun,” this year
marked the Fifth Annual Masthead Cove
Yacht Club Race for the benefit of Special
Olympics. Over the past five years, more
than $40,000 has been raised in support
of the Suffolk County program.
Luckily for some athletes and coaches
from Special Olympics New York – Suffolk
County, Mother Nature played along.
“It was a beautiful day with bright
sun and just enough wind to carry the nine
sailboats with our athletes on board around
Northport Bay for a picturesque view of the
north shore of Long Island,” said Anne
Monsees, associate director of development
for the Suffolk County program. Through
the kindness of the Masthead Cove Yacht
Club members, athletes and their coaches
were treated to a full morning sail and picnic
The Masthead Cove Yacht Club
members have supported Special Olympics Attendees pose for a lasting memory.
Suffolk County for many years. In addition
October 2002, TRIUMPH 5
Special Olympics Postage Stamp Unveiled
T he U.S. Postal Service unveiled a 2003
Special Olympics postage stamp in
September at the National Postal Forum in
Area 9 - Fulton, Montgomery and
A total of $500 was raised for Area 9 at This stamp, which will be issued in
the inaugural Volleyball World Sand Classic early 2003, continues the tradition of social
competition in Fort Plain. Sixteen coed teams awareness stamps that have been issued
of two competed in the tournament, which since the 1960s. The Special Olympics
was won by Natalie Lavallee and Aaron stamp will be an international-rate stamp
Kemmer. Prizes were given for second, third intended to help raise awareness. It will be
and fourth place, as well as for most aces and issued to coincide with the 2003 Special
most times touching the net.
Olympics World Summer Games, which will
Area 19 - Ontario, Wayne, Seneca and
be held next June in Dublin, Ireland.
Yates Counties The stamp features a computer-
A news conference is planned for Oct. generated design by Lance Hidy of
21 at the New York Chiropractic College to Merrimac, Mass. It captures the enthusias- calling 800-STAMP-24. In addition, a
announce that the Special Olympics New York tic and communal spirit of Special Olympics. selection of stamps and other philatelic
2003-2004 Fall Games will be held at the Current U.S. stamps, as well as a free items are available in the Postal Store at
college, which is in Seneca Falls, Seneca comprehensive catalog, are available by www.usps.com.
Athletes will compete in seven sports,
including Bocce, Cross-Country Running,
Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Soccer and Soft-
ball. For more information or to sponsor Changing the World in One Million Ways
the Games, call Laurie Kennedy at 585-271-
5151, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rodney Hankins urges lawmakers to support SO Expansion and
Healthy Athletes initiative.
Area 20 - Monroe County
The Monroe County program recently odney Hankins, an
held its annual volunteer recognition dinner
athlete from Brooklyn
at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The high-
light was the presentation of the Cyr Memo- who became a Sargent
rial Outstanding Athlete Awards to athletes Shriver International Global
from across Monroe County. Organizations Messenger earlier this year,
and individuals also were recognized for visited Washington, D.C., to
their contributions to the program. help convince lawmakers to
support a bill to fund a
Area 24 - Chautauqua County global expansion program
Bowlers from Chautauqua County were and the Healthy Athletes
recently recognized by USA Weekend maga-
zine for their work during Make A Differ-
ence Day. Coach Carole Johnson said her Hankins joined Special Hankins meets with Congressman Serrano.
athletes have taken part in the annual day of Olympics President and
volunteerism since 1994, collecting donations Chief Executive Officer Timothy Shriver, Around the world, Special Olympics is
for Chautauqua County Humane Society and Ph.D., at a reception at the Capitol and at viewed as a gateway to breaking down
the St. Susan Center. meetings the following day. Shriver hopes barriers, improving living conditions,
“The community is very good to Special to garner $5 million in public seed money to changing attitudes in education, transform-
Olympics, so as a way of appreciation, I expand the Healthy Athletes program ing the views of political leaders and
thought it would be good if my athletes could worldwide and double the number of helping athletes find a voice to overcome
do something for the community,” Johnson
athletes served from one million to two prejudice.
told the Post-Journal in Jamestown.“The first
year we took in food and money for St. Susan’s million by 2007. Federal funding will enable Special
and then the next year I said,‘Maybe we should “I think it was wonderful,” Hankins Olympics to provide the resources neces-
do something for animals.’ My son, Michael, said. “I’m glad we got a positive response, sary to establish a base of volunteers and
said we had to do both.” especially from Congressman (Jose) Serrano leaders in countries where the potential for
Please call, fax or e-mail your (D-Bronx). He was 100 percent for it. I know growth is the greatest. China, Russia, India,
Area information to Doreen Hand, that he will be twisting other people’s arms Brazil, South Africa and Turkey have made
212-661-3963, Fax: 212-661-4658, to get this passed.” commitments to increase the number of
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Athletes and Coaches to Attend World Games
Continued from p. 1
from home. It gives them a chance to make Roller Skating, Sailing, Soccer, Table Special Olympics New York is seeking
new friends and meet new coaches, and see Tennis, Tennis, Team Handball, and sponsors to help offset the costs of sending
things they never get to Volleyball. Three the athletes of Team New York to the Games.
see. It gives them a demonstration sports For more information, call Laurie Kennedy at
chance to be more will be offered: 585-271-5151, x10, or e-mail
independent.” I’m even more kayaking, judo and email@example.com. For general informa-
Athletes will excited for the pitch & putt. In order to tion, visit specialolympicsnewyork.org.
compete in 21 sports, athletes. qualify, New York
including Aquatics, – Coach athletes had to earn
Athletics, Badminton, Nancy Hogan Gold medals in the 2002
Basketball, Bocce, state Summer Games in
Bowling, Cycling, Buffalo or the 2001 Fall
Equestrian, Golf, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Games in Saugerties.
SONY Golfers Compete in Florida Invitational
Peter Pellegrino and MaryAnne Silverstrim capture Golds
in tournament play.
S even athletes from New York were
among 150 golfers who competed in the
third annual Special Olympics Golf National
“The competition was the highest
level and it was just a great event,” Jones
said. “Our athletes played very well. They
During the past decade, thousands of
Special Olympics athletes have participated
Invitational Tournament Sept. 14 to 17 in rose to the occasion. MaryAnne was seven in golf clinics, training programs and
Port St. Lucie, Florida. shots back and came back to win. And competitions in the United States and in
Long Island athlete Peter Pellegrino and Peter played very well.” more than 20 countries around the world.
MaryAnne If not for heat
Silverstrim from exhaustion, Jones
earned Gold Medals,
added, Sum would
have likely won
How they fared
while Beverly Sum Gold in her alter- Peter Pellegrino, Area 31
and George Bowden nate shot competi- 18 holes, Gold Medal
won fourth and sixth tion. Sum was
place ribbons, paired with Martha MaryAnne Silverstrim, Area 32
respectively. In the Pachuta, a coach 9 holes, Gold Medal
skills competition, from Geneseo.
Gary Zittel of Board member Alternate Shot
Farmington, Lynn Richie Salinardi Martha Pachuta, Beverly Sum,
Weinaug of Olean, competed in Area 21, 4th place
and Rudy alternate shot with
Klockowski from Staten Island’s Richie Salinardi, George Bowden,
Utica received Gold, Bowden.
Area 35, 6th place
Silver and Bronze Board member Richie Salinardi and athlete Presenting
Medals, respec- George Bowden (middle) exchanged sponsors were the
tively. greetings and golf tips with athlete PGA of America Skills
The tourna- Christopher Hasak from Fairfield,Conn. and and the United Gary Zittel, Area 19,
ment featured brother James Hasak. States Golf Asso- Gold Medal
Special Olympics ciation (USGA).
golfers from 27 U.S. The Golf Channel, Lynn Weinaug, Area 25,
programs competing in five levels of Cingular Wireless and Phillips 66 were Silver Medal
competition. Area 4 Coordinator Charlie corporate sponsors. Since golf was
Jones, who served as the head of delegation introduced to Special Olympics in 1988, the Rudy Klockowski, Area 12,
for New York, said the event was very well PGA has donated more than $200,000 and Bronze Medal
run, with PGA rules officials serving as PGA professionals have volunteered to
course judges. train Special Olympics golfers and their
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