2020 Winter Games

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Nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches from across the state will participate in the 2020 Winter Games in Rochester, featuring competitions in Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Snowboarding, and Snowshoe. Riverside Convention Center will be the host of Opening Ceremonies as well as the floor hockey competition site. Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, Swain Resort, Genesee Valley Sports Complex, and Cobbs Hill Park are also serving as competition sites.

The Winter Games are one of two annual state games and one of more than 5,000 total competitions held each year throughout New York. All events are free and open to the public.

Opening Ceremonies: Friday, February 21 at 8 PM at Riverside Convention Center, featuring the Parade of Athletes, entertainment and the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron.

Athletic Competition: Saturday, February 22, in six Olympic-style sports.

Service Volunteers, Fans in the Stands, and Social Ambassadors are needed at Opening Ceremonies and all competitions! Please check out specialolympicsny.org for further details.

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About Special Olympics NY


94 New Karner Rd, Suite 208, Albany, NY 12203, US

Mission Statement

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



Under the leadership and guidance of Dorothy Buehring Phillips, Special Olympics was organized in the state of New York in 1969. Phillips sent a New York contingent to the Northeast Regional Special Olympics in Boston, Massachusetts to represent Special Olympics New York. Dorothy Buehring Phillips was appointed New York's first State Director and in six months Special Olympics New York hosted the first State Games in Rochester, June 1970. Today, Special Olympics New York is the largest program of its type in the United States, serving nearly 68,000 athletes with the support of over 36,000 volunteers. Special Olympics New York is headquartered in Albany with regional offices in Long Island, New York City, Hudson Valley, Central, and Genesee.


Fri Feb 21, 2020 - Sat Feb 22, 2020


123 E Main StRochester, NY 14604



  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills
  • Hockey
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Snow Sports
  • Special Needs


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 13

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