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					 Triumph                     Special Olympics New York                       • MAY-JUNE 2001

Buffalo Welcomes Special Olympics
Community steps up in a big way to help plan and
carry out Summer Games spectacular.
         rea by Area, 2,500 athletes and                 “Our athletes proved once again that
         coaches marched proudly out of the
         giant Buffalo
Bills helmet and into the
                                                  their courage is unmatched anywhere in the
                                                  world,” said Neal J. Johnson, president and
                                                  chief executive officer of Special Olympics
spotlight at the Univer-                          New York. “First, they played through the           SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK
sity at Buffalo Stadium,                                        oppressive heat, and then the
as television cameras,                                          rain came. Yet they still           UB campus. The Opening Ceremonies,
spectators and sponsors                                         managed to show those of us         which were broadcast live on Empire Sports
caught the parade of                                            on the sidelines that they are      Network, featured the Parade of Athletes,
happy expressions.                                              truly special athletes. They        fireworks, musical and dance entertainment,
       So began the 2001                                        kept their focus and did their      helicopter flyovers, celebrities from the
                                                            RF Photography

Special Olympics New                                            best.”                              Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, and a
York Summer Games – the largest                                        The games featured           moving rendition of the National Anthem by
competition of the year in New York and                         competition in nine sports at       Area 9 Track & Field athlete David
the culminating event for many of the                           five venues throughout Erie         LaGrange.
state’s athletes.                                               County, including the host
                                                                                                                        Continued on p. 4

Eleventh Annual Satins, Silks & Stars Weekend
Planned for Saratoga Springs
Event has raised more than $1 million for Special Olympics New York in last 10 years.

        he 11th annual Satins, Silks & Stars weekend to benefit                the elegant At The Rail Pavilion is

                                                                                                                                              Jerry Vitagliano
        Special Olympics New York will be held July 28 and 29 in               $75. The registration fee for the
        Saratoga Springs. The weekend brings stars of television,              Silks & Satins 5K Run is $15.
stage and film to Saratoga Springs for two days and has raised                        Satins, Silks & Stars
more than $1 million in the past 10 years to support year-                     sponsors include: Gold Level –
round sports training and competition for children and                         Price Chopper, New York Racing
adults with mental retardation throughout New York                               Association, Cingular Wireless, Amanda Roop at last years’s
state.                                                                             Crossgates Mall, M&M’s          Equestrian Demonstration.
       This year’s festivities begin with the                                         Chocolate Candies; Silver
Silks & Satins 5K Run at 8 a.m. on Satur-                                              Level – Garelick Farms,
day, July 28. The weekend continues                                                      ING Aetna Financial Services, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.;
with a Black-Tie Gala that evening at                                                     Bronze Level – Charter One Bank, The Curran Group of
the Sheraton Saratoga Springs Hotel,                                                        First Union; Media – Classical 97.7 - WBKK, Clear
and concludes on Sunday, July 30, with                                                        Channel Communications, Times Union,
an Equestrian Demonstration, Q & A                                                            NewsChannel 13; Support – Amtrak, Connolly’s
with the stars and a Gourmet Luncheon at                                                      Diamond Gallery, The Desmond, Grace Communica-
Saratoga Race Course. Celebrities for all events will be an-                   tions, HMA Contracting Corp., KeyBank, M&T Bank.
nounced in July.                                                                      To make reservations for any of the above events, call 800-
       Tickets for the Gala are $150 each. The private luncheon in             836-6976 or visit


  INSIDE                             3 Plane Pull                    5 Cingular Promotion             6 Reeve Emmy Nomination
A Message from the
President                                           Calendar of Events
Neal J. Johnson is President & CEO of
                     Special Olympics
                     New York, Inc.                 JULY                                                       October
                                                    13          Western New York                               5-7           2001 Fall Games, Saugerties
                                  ore than a year               Law Enforcement Open 2001, Darien              17            Real Estate & Construction Gala,
                        M         ago, the Board
                                                    28-29       Satins, Silks & Stars weekend,
                                                                Saratoga Springs                               20
                                                                                                                             Sheraton, New York City
                                                                                                                             Section 3 Adult Bowling
                          of Directors accepted                 Silks & Satins 5K Run, Saturday                              competition, (Age 22+) Pine Lanes,
                          a recommendation by                   Satins, Silks & Stars Gala, Saturday                         South Glens Falls
                          the Organizational                    Satins, Silks & Stars Luncheon,                20            Section 2 Bowling
                          Review Task Force to                  Saratoga Race Course, Sunday                                 Pat Tarsio Lanes, New Windsor
                                                                                                               28            Section 1 Bowling
                          move forward with a
                                                    AUGUST                                                                   Gil Hodges Lanes, Brooklyn
plan to restructure Special Olympics New            6       Summer Golf Classic,
York.                                                       Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester                   Also scheduled during October,
       The Task Force arrived at its recom-         25      Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull,              with dates to be confirmed:
mendation after determining that our                        Rochester Airport                                  •       Section 4 Adult Bowling competition,
                                                                                                                       (Age 22+)Lakeview Lanes, Fulton*
athletes should have access to the same
high quality Special Olympics sports                8       Section 5 Softball*                                November
training and competition, regardless of             15      Section 3, 4 & 5                                   3-4   Bowling West,
where in New York they live.                                Softball/Football                                        AMF Olympic Lanes, Rochester
       As we continue to develop this new           21      Sections 3, 4 Equestrian,                          9-11 Bowling Central, Utica
                                                            Skidmore College Riding Center,                    16-18 Fall Leadership Conference,
regional structure, I am pleased to report
                                                            Saratoga Springs*                                        Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls
that past Board Chairman, and 30-year               22      Fall Classic,
volunteer, Richard Johnson, has agreed to                   Cantiague Park, Hicksville                         Also scheduled during November,
become a facilitator in this process.                                                                          with dates to be confirmed:
       Rick, who has a great deal of experi-                                                                   •     Bowling East Competition
                                                        * Please contact your Director of Field                      (Age 22+)*
ence in every facet of Special Olympics, will              Services or the Special Olympics
lead a series of twice-monthly meetings of                    New York office for details
the management team as it develops the
framework for this new and improved Special
                                                    Triumph                                                             Vol. 5, No. 5-6 May-June 2001
Olympics New York.                                  Triumph is published 12 times a year by the Public Relations Department for the athletes, volunteers,
       As a facilitator, Rick will keep the         employees, Board members, Area programs and sponsors of Special Olympics New York, Inc.

management team on task, ensuring that the          Inspire Greatness
                                                    Special Olympics New York, Inc., 504 Balltown Road, Schenectady, NY 12304-2290
task force’s two primary objectives – quality       Phone: (518) 388-0790 Fax: (518) 388-0795 Web site:
and equality of program – are considered at
                                                    SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK BOARD MEMBERS
every step of the regionalization process.
                                                    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
       Rick, who recently retired as executive      Anthony J. Bifaro, Chairman   Sara Daggett         William J. Murabito     Richard Salinardi
deputy commissioner for the state Office of         Thomas E. Blake               Marla J. Glickman    Thomas F. O’Brien       John F. Von Ahn
                                                    Daniel J. Callahan            Lynn M. McCann       Eileen M. Pfeiffer
Mental Retardation and Developmental
Disabilities, is perfect for job. His Special       BOARD MEMBERS
                                                    Dayle Bass         Dorothy M. Chapman        Cheryl L. Jonas-Acquilla     Frank R. Mazzuca.    Judy Sedore
Olympics experience, combined with his              Allan O. Birkett   William Harrington        James R. MacPhail            Kathi Nolan          Carmen J. Smith
                                                    Susan A. Brandt    Kathryn Henry             James T. Mahoney             Warren Pick          Theodore Wolfstich
leadership skills will be an immeasurable           Menzo D. Case      James F. Horan            Steven Maiman                Anthony Principe
asset to this important process.
       Rick may have retired from his paying        TRIUMPH STAFF
                                                    James J. Smith            Doreen Hand         Darcie Henderson
job but, lucky for us, he has not stopped           Vice President,           Editor              Design
working as a volunteer.                             Public Relations

2 Special Olympics New York
No Place To Go But Up
Inaugural Plane Pull a success; organizers look to duplicate it in other cities.
    t was a tug of war of sorts, men and
I   women versus the beast. Nearly 2,000
people gathered at Albany International
Airport on May 12 for the first-ever Law
Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull to
benefit Special Olympics New York.
       Teams of law enforcement officers
from the Capital Region, along with civilian
teams from the community, grunted and
groaned as they competed to see who
could pull the 72-ton Southwest Airlines
jet 12-feet in the fastest time.
       The Plane Pull was presented by the
New York State Association of Chiefs of

                                                                                                                                                  Colleen Brescia
Police, Albany International Airport and
Southwest Airlines.
       “This event showed what can
happen when a group of people come
together to support the athletes of Special     Maximum effort- Correctional officers from the
Olympics. We couldn’t have found a better       Captial District summon their strength.
way to celebrate our 100th anniversary than
by supporting Special Olympics,” said
event organizer Colonie Police Chief John
Grebert, who also serves as president of
the chiefs’ association. “Everyone
involved from the team members, volun-

                                                                                            Colleen Brescia
teers, sponsors and athletes had a
wonderful time.”
       The New York State Police team won

                                                                                                                                                  Colleen Brescia
the event with a pull of 6.16 seconds.
Second place went to NYSCOPBA -                 The Southwest 737 waits for another team.
Coxsackie Correctional Officers. Union
College took third place. Although the
centerpiece activities at the Plane Pull were                                                                  Members of the Northeast
the demonstrations of strength, it was also                                                                    Association of Chiefs of Police.
full of family fun. Children had their faces
painted, played in the Glenville Rotary’s
Amazing Castle and danced to the music
of the DJ. On display were law enforce-
ment vehicles, including helicopters, and a
stock car emblazoned with the NYSCOPBA
and Special Olympics New York logos.
       The Plane Pull is part of the Law
Enforcement Torch Run to Benefit Special
Olympics New York. The Torch Run raises
                                                                                                                                                  Colleen Brescia

funds for – and awareness of – the Special
Olympics movement. Highlighted by the
relay leading up to Summer Games, the
Torch Run is the largest grassroots fund-
raiser and public awareness vehicle for          The New York State Police team celebrates victory.
Special Olympics in the world.
       The next Plane Pull has been
scheduled for Aug. 25 in Rochester. For
more information, call Sgt. Sal Gerbino at
716-247-2263 or call Rita Cox or Jeanne
Mesick at 800-836-6976.
                                                                                                              May-June 2001,TRIUMPH 3
                     Buffalo Welcomes Special Olympics


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                                              New York Lottery personality Yolanda Vega emcee’d Opening Ceremonies.
Continued from p. 1
       Also featured was the conclusion of      from the worlds of fund-raising, event
the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which led planning, professional sports management,
to the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron by      public relations and entertainment.
Area 23 athletes Mary Beth Stanbro and                “From Day One, the LOC, led by Sheriff
Gary Drzewiecki.                                Gallivan, embraced its charge to make the
       “The volunteer Local Organizing          Summer Games something special for our

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Committee has worked hard in its effort to      athletes,” Johnson said. “This committee
provide an out-                                                          devoted itself to
standing competi-                                                        putting on a great
tive and social                                                          show for our
                          “I came out, and people were                                          Athletes of the Year, Jason Gorski and
experience for the                                                       athletes, and they
                          cheering all around.”                                                 Jessica O’Brien recite the Athletes’ Oath
athletes,” said Erie                                                     delivered. We can’t
                                           -- Steven Portuando                                  with Neal J. Johnson
County Sheriff                                                           wait for next year.”
                                             Area 6                            Summer Games
Patrick Gallivan,
who co-chaired the                                                        sponsors included     Nabisco, Reckett/Benckiser and The Buffalo
LOC with his wife Mary Pat. “We were so         Honorary Gold Medal sponsors Rich Prod-         News; Silver Medal sponsor: Amtrak; Bronze
impressed by the enthusiasm and devotion ucts Corp. and Wegmans Food Markets; state             Medal sponsors: ClientLogic and Niagara
of all those involved. This was a real          level Gold Medal sponsors Cingular Wireless     Mohawk Power Corp.; Support sponsor: New
community effort.”                              and the New York Lottery; Gold Medal            York State United Teachers and Friend: J.P.
       The volunteer committee co-chaired       sponsors Adelphia, Empire Sports Network,       Morgan Chase & Co.
by the Gallivans included professionals         General Mills, M&M’s Chocolate Candies,                The sponsors helped make this
                                                                                                competition possible for athletes like Steven
                                                                                                Portuando from Ulster County and Bonnie
                                                                                                Snapp from Broome County.
                                                                                                       “I came out and people were cheering
                                                                                                all around,” Portuando said at Opening
                                                                                                       “This is awesome,” Snapp said at the
                                                                                                Victory Dance. “I’m having the greatest
                                                                                                       The Summer Games return to Buffalo
                                                                                                in June 2002. To get involved, call 800-836-
Photos: RF Photography

A Day at the Ball Park
      hanks to the New
T     York City Sports
Commission and the New
York Mets, 100 athletes and
coaches from Sections I and
II watched the Mets beat the
Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2
on May 4 at Shea Stadium.
                                                                                                                                               SONY staff

4 Special Olympics New York
Cingular Announces Details of New Promotion
Consumers offered great deals in exchange for $20 donation to SO.
       ingular Wireless has launched a 60-          chief executive officer of Special Olympics
C      day promotional drive during June
and July to collect donations on behalf of
                                                    New York. “Led by Terry Stenzel and his
                                                    wife Lesley, Cingular employees played an
Special Olympics.                                   integral part in the planning of the
        The promotion was announced over            Summer Games in Buffalo. Their support
two days in May in four upstate cities –            as volunteers and fund-raisers helps us
Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.            achieve our mission of providing year-
        “Cingular is all about self expres-         round training and competition for our
sion,” said Terry Stenzel, president and            athletes.”
general manager for Cingular in New York                   Cingular Wireless, an Official
state. “After spending time at the Summer           Partner of Special Olympics USA and an
Games in Buffalo, it is clear to me that            Official Sponsor of Special Olympics Team
Cingluar and Special Olympics is the perfect        USA, is in the second year of its support
partnership. Watching the athletes express          for Special Olympics. Its four-year goal is
themselves will remain with me for the rest         to raise $40 million nationwide.
of my life.”                                               Funds raised by Cingular support
        During June and July, consumers who         year-round training and competitions for
donate $20 to Special Olympics at a                 Special Olympics athletes and will help
Cingular retail store are eligible for an           send Team USA athletes to the 2003
exclusive $35 rate plan offer, an Internet          Special Olympics World Summer Games in
ready Ericsson handset and/or a co-                 Ireland.
branded Cingular/Blockbuster card for five                 Questions about the promotion
free movie rentals.                                 may be directed to your area Cingular
        “Cingular’s friendship goes beyond          service provider or Rita Cox, director of
the important financial contribution they           Development, Special Olympics New
make,” said Neal J. Johnson, president and          York, 800-836-6976.

 Fall Conference and Awards Banquet Set for November
 Volunteerism will be the theme of annual gathering.
        he 2001 Fall Conference and Board                 This year’s conference will include a        individuals and groups who are committed
 T      of Directors Awards Banquet will be
 held Nov. 16 to 18 at the Queensbury
                                                  new three-day, two-night format with more
                                                  sessions available.
                                                                                                       to volunteer service.
                                                                                                              While the United Nations has
 Hotel in Glens Falls.                                    The Queensbury Hotel is a full-service,      designated 2001 as the Year of the Volun-
        In recognition of the International       125-room hotel located in downtown Glens             teer, every year should be designated as
                                                  Falls. Built in 1926, its Colonial design features   such, said Suzanne Ellsworth, director of
 Year of the Volunteer, the theme of the
                                                  modern conveniences such as a pool and               volunteer management.
 conference will be the importance of             Jacuzzi, exercise room,                                     “We need a strong foundation at the
 volunteerism in the Special Olympics             beauty salon, and                                    local program level and that’s what
 movement.                                        spacious and comfort-                                volunteers give to the organization,”
        “Our volunteers, including coaches,       able conference                                      Ellsworth said. “They donate the most
 Area leaders and event organizers, are the       rooms.                                               precious thing we could ask for as an
 backbone for everything that we do, day                  The United                                   organization, their time. It’s their commit-
 in and day out,” said Neal J. Johnson,           Nations General                                                              ment to the athletes
 president and chief executive officer of         Assembly passed a                                                            that should be
 Special Olympics New York. “We could             resolution declaring                                                         recognized above all
 never do enough to adequately thank              2001 to be the                                                               else.”
 those who give their time to our athletes,       International Year of the                                                             Nominations
 but we hope this conference can be a             Volunteer (IYV 2001). The                                                    for the Board of
 special way we can show our gratitude.”          objective of this resolution                                                 Directors Awards
        The Fall Conference and Awards            is to recognize the impor-                                                   program are being
 Banquet was reinstated last year in an           tance of volunteering and to                                                 accepted until July
 effort to recognize volunteers, sponsors         engage more individuals,                                                     23 and should be
 and athletes for their work and support,         groups, and organizations in volunteer               submitted to Ellsworth in writing.
 and to improve the collaboration between         service.                                                    For more information about the
 Area programs and the state office with                  And while IYV 2001’s goal is to create       Fall Conference, call Ellsworth at 800-
 the goal of increasing fund-raising              awareness of the formal and informal ways in         836-6976. To learn more about the
 initiatives, athlete enrollment and visibility   which people can volunteer in their communi-         International Year of the Volunteer, visit
 across New York.                                 ties, it was also designed to recognize those

                                                                                                            May-June 2001,TRIUMPH 5
 Around the State                                  Christopher Reeve PSA nominated
                                                   for Emmy
 Nassau County,Area 2
                                                   Spot featuring actor promotes Special Olympics New York
 • FOCUS (Foundation of
    Community Unified Services)                    and encourages volunteerism.
     is teaming up with                                 he 44th Annual New York Chapter              Art Director David Chomowicz and Creative
    Special Olympics to devise activities
    for the developmentally disabled.Those
                                                   T York City. The Special Olympics New
                                                       Emmy Awards were held on May 6 in             Director Chris Kogler. It was underwritten by
                                                                                                     the Riggio Foundation.
    interested in participating may contact        York public service announcement featuring              While the Special Olympics PSA didn’t
    Sheila Penn of FOCUS, 516-487-0276             actor Christopher Reeve was nominated for         capture the award, the 13/WNET production
                                                   an Emmy in the category of Outstanding            team walked away with four other Emmys.
 •    On April 18, the 4th annual Opera/Din-       PSA. The nominations were announced by                  The New York Chapter of NATAS is
      ner Night fund-raiser took place at La       the National Academy of Television Arts &         one of 18 city chapters involved. The
      Cisterna Restaurant. The Nassau Pops         Sciences (NATAS) New York Chapter in              purpose of the Emmy is to recognize
      Symphony Orchestra hosted the event          April.                                            outstanding achievement in the arts and
      to raise money for Special Olympics.                The PSA was produced by 13/WNET            sciences of television.
      The Orchestra often makes charitable         whose team included Producer Mara Posner,
      donations to Special Olympics, which
      to date have totalled $150,000.

 Dutchess County, Area 7
 Global Messenger Ann Hertel spoke at the          Area 28 Names Sportsmanship Award After
 2001 MAAC Softball Championship Banquet           Longtime Friend and Supporter
 at Marist College on May 11.
                                                          obert F. Borgognoni touched many           helped us get what we needed, whether it
 Monroe County, Area 20
 On April 7, Dr. Dot Richardson was the fea-
                                                   R      lives in the Special Olympics family. He
                                                   was so loved in his community that there was
                                                                                                     was a field, equipment or volunteers.”
                                                                                                           Though Borgognoni wasn’t an
 tured speaker at the 10th annual Crystal Ball,    a two-hour wait to                                         official Special Olympics Coach,
 Olympic Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel      get into the funeral                                       he was a fixture at the Area Spring
 in Rochester. Richardson is a two-time Olym-      home when he                                               Games, running the field events.
 pic gold medalist in softball. This year’s din-   passed away last                                           He also coached high school and
 ner dance and fund-raiser commemorated            winter. But though                                         community sports for 50 years.
 31 years of Special Olympics in Monroe            Coach Borgognoni                                                  The first ever Robert F.
 County.                                           may be gone, he will                                        Borgognoni Award for Sportsman-
                                                   be forever remem-                                                       ship went to athlete
 Oswego County, Area 29                            bered by Area 28,                                                       Joseph Tornatore. The
 The 14th annual Softball in the Snow tourna-      which has created                                                       award will be given
 ment held on Feb. 17 was a huge success.          the Robert F.                                                           out each year to the
 This year’s benefit raised more than $3,000.      Borgognoni Award                                                        athlete who exempli-
                                                   for Sportsmanship                                                       fies the attitude and
 Ogdensburg County, Area 27                        at its Spring Games                                                     sportsmanship of
 On March 24, a basketball tournament was          this year.                                                              Special Olympics, an
 held at Canton Central school. The teams                  “He knew                                                        athlete who would
 entered were from Ogdensburg, Canton,             sports were important to everyone,” said                                make Coach
                                                                                                                     Area 28

 Malone and two from the Adirondack re-            Area 28 Coordinator Jerry Bruno. “He                                    Borgognoni very
 gion. A total of 120 athletes competed in         never turned his back on us and always                                  proud.
 both basketball skills and physical fitness
 contests. The Malone Timberwolves came in
 first, while the Canton Kool Kats came in
                                                         rea 24 held its Annual Awards Banquet
                                                    A    recently. Awards were given to various
                                                    groups and individuals who have supported Area
 Suffolk County, Area 31
                                                    24’s program throughout the year. The Katie
 Suffolk County is in need of Certified Gym-
                                                    Campbell Rexford Most Improved Athlete Award
 nastics Coaches. For more information call
                                                    was also presented to Jim Williams and Ron
 Linda Arminio at 631-928-4489
                                                                                                                                             Area 24

                                                    Dormer. Katie Campbell was a young Special
                                                    Education teacher killed by a drunk driver. Her
                                                    parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Campbell,
                                                    presented the award.
6 Special Olympics New York
Summer Golf Classic Planned in Rochester
       he 3rd Annual Summer Golf Classic to                                                      an auction and a putting contest. They will
T      benefit Special Olympics New
York will be held on Monday, Aug.6,
                                                                                                 also have the chance to play on a legendary
                                                                                                 golf course known as much for its stately oak
at the historic and elegant Oak Hill                                                             trees as its pristine and perfectly manicured
Country Club in Rochester. The                                                                   greens and fairways.
tournament is presented by                                                                              Oak Hill has hosted many major events
ING Aetna Financial Services                                                                     including the US Men’s Amateur Champion-
and New York State United Teachers.                                                              ship, the US Open, the PGA Championship
       Golf Professional Craig Harmon, who      athletes, who will put on an exhibition of       and the Ryder Cup. The PGA Championship
was voted one of the Top 100 Teaching           their own golfing skills.                        will return there in 2003.
Professionals by Golf Digest, will present a           Participating golfers will also enjoy a          For more information about the
golf clinic prior to the 11:45 a.m. shotgun     gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner and          Summer Golf Classic, call Linda Greenwald
start. He will be joined by Special Olympics    have the opportunity to take part in a raffle,   at 212-661-5217 or visit

Office Furniture USA
presents prize check
     on Lazetta, president of Office Furniture USA, presents a prize
R    check to Chris Culihan for winning the closet to the pin contest
with a distance of 12 feet, 1 inch. Offfice Furniture USA associate
Andrea Seabeck helps with the prensentation during the March 10

                                                                                                                                       SONY staff
event at the Golf Dome in Latham.

  GETTING TO KNOW THE STAFF                                                                           MARKETING, INC.
         here have been many new hires at             Leigha Stuber was hired at the end                 supports
  T      Special Olympics New York in the       of May as an administrative assistant in
                                                the Schenectady Program Department.
  last few months. In an effort to keep you
  familiar with the staff, we would like to     Also hired at that time was Jeanne
  update you on these changes.                  Mesick, associate director of Develop-
                                                ment, who will work closely with the Law
         Darcie Henderson began in late
                                                Enforcement Torch Run.                                Join the thousands of New Yorkers
  April as the administrative assistant in
                                                      Leaving Special Olympics after two                who are choosing DialAmerica
  the Public Relations department in                                                                           for their magazines.
                                                years was Director of Development Beth
  Schenectady. She brought a wealth of                                                                Call 1-800-526-4679 and mention
                                                Costello. Also leaving this June was
  graphic design knowledge from her                                                                       Special Olympics New York
                                                Bookkeeper Sheryl Andersen.
  previous employment with her.                                                                         to order your favorite magazine.
                                                      And finally, congratulations to                         12.5 percent of each
         The New York City office hired a       Associate Director of Development Addy                  paid subscription is donated to
  new director of program in May. Melissa       Ryndinsky, who was married June 2 and is                  Special Olympics New York.
  Gross has worked with the NBA and PGA         now using her married name of Addy
  and has significant event experience.         Waldie.

                                                                                                       May-June 2001,TRIUMPH 7
                                                                                                                             Non-Profit Org.
                                                                                                                               U.S. Postage
                                                                                                                           SPECIAL OLYMPICS
                                                                                                                              NEW YORK

         504 Balltown Road
       Schenectady, NY 12304
     Comments, story suggestions
             can be directed to:
       Special Olympics New York, Inc.
        Public Relations Department,
 504 Balltown Road, Schenectady, NY 12304,
          or by fax to 518-388-0795,
      or by e-mail to

                                               Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation
 Special Olympics New York, Inc. is Authorized and Accredited by Special Olympics International for the Benefit of Citizens with Mental Retardation.

   On Your Mark ...
         eal J. Johnson, president and chief
   N     executive officer of Special Olympics
   New York, prepares to start one of the track
   events at the Metro Tournament. The June 2
   meet drew 1,500 athletes and coaches for one
   day of competition in six sports. Special
   guests included New York City Mayor
   Rudoph Giuliani, Special Olympics, Inc. CEO
   Tim Shriver and actress Lorraine Bracco, who
   plays the psychiatrist on the “The Sopranos.”

   Mission: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults
   with mental retardation, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and
      participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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