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
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
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
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 www.specialolympicsnewyork.org.
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
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: www.specialolympicsnewyork.org
and equality of program – are considered at
SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK BOARD MEMBERS
every step of the regionalization process.
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
Police, Albany International Airport and
“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-
teers, sponsors and athletes had a
The New York State Police team won
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
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
SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK
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
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
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.
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
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 www.iyv2001.org.
May-June 2001,TRIUMPH 5
Around the State Christopher Reeve PSA nominated
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
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
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
event at the Golf Dome in Latham.
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here have been many new hires at Leigha Stuber was hired at the end supports
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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
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Enforcement Torch Run. Join the thousands of New Yorkers
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the Public Relations department in for their magazines.
years was Director of Development Beth
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Costello. Also leaving this June was
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Bookkeeper Sheryl Andersen.
previous employment with her. to order your favorite magazine.
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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.
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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
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