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Special Olympics Games Return to Syracuse This Weekend


The 2024 Special Olympics New York State Winter Games will take place in Syracuse this weekend. Approximately 600 athletes and coaches from throughout the state will participate in Opening Ceremonies Friday night and compete in four sports on Saturday.

State Winter Games Opening Ceremonies

Friday, Feb. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Syracuse Oncenter (800 South State St, Syracuse, NY 13202)

Special Olympics New York’s signature kick-off will include the parade of athletes, remarks by President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman and athlete representatives as well as the traditional Law Enforcement Torch Run and lighting of the cauldron. State Senator John Mannion and his wife, Jennifer, will emcee the ceremonies.

State Winter Games Sports Competition

Saturday, Feb. 24, from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Floorball at the Syracuse Oncenter (800 South State St., Syracuse, NY 13202)
  • Alpine Skiing at Greek Peak (2000 NY-392, Cortland, NY 13045)
  • Figure Skating at the Syracuse War Memorial (515 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY 13202)
  • Snowshoe at Green Lake Park Beach (7900 Green Lake Rd, Fayetteville, NY 13066)

Closing Ceremonies & Healthy Athletes

Saturday, Feb. 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Syracuse Oncenter (800 South State St, Syracuse, NY 13202)

Athletes will unite after the competition ends for Closing Ceremonies, including a victory dance and Healthy Athletes, where health volunteers will facilitate stations in audiology, ophthalmology, podiatry, and more.

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