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Western Regional Bocce at Houghton College - Vote For Our Event at NCAA.COM
Houghton College served as host to the Special Olympics NY Western Regional Bocce Competition on Saturday, September 16.  Click here to vote for our event on and help us win funding to support next year's event!

Nearly 50 Special Olympic athletes competed in the team event, which was held on Burke Field outside the Kerr- Pegula Field House. The Alle-Catts, Allegany ARC Green Machine, Chautauqua Lakers, and Dunkirk Lakers were among the teams competing for the Special Olympics.

Houghton's Student- Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) aided in the planning and running of the event, including building the bocce courts, scoring during the day, cheering on the Special Olympic athletes

With additional support from Allegany ARC and The Friends of Allegany ARC Foundation, the Western Regional Bocce competition was a great success. Houghton will remain partnered with Special Olympics NY as the long-term host of Western Regional Bocce.

11th Annual Buffalo Polar Plunge
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
CHECK IN - 11:00 a.m. PLUNGE - 2:00 p.m.
Woodlawn Beach State Park
3580 Lakeshore Road
Buffalo, NY 14219

Law and Order at Red Robin - Oct. 19

Our Special Olympics athletes will team up with law enforcement officials once again on Oct. 19 for Law and Order night at Red Robin locations in Amherst and Orchard Park.   Click here to register an athlete as a "celebrity waiter" for the evening!
Beer Yoga at Buffalo RiverWorks - Oct. 19

Join us for the first-ever Beer Yoga event, sponsored by Buffalo River Works and North American Breweries. All proceeds benefit the athletes of Special Olympics New York!

Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Registration 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Yoga Instruction: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Register for VIP seating for $35 and receive preferred placement of your yoga mat! Regular Registration is $25.

All participants MUST BE 21 and bring YOUR own yoga mat. Proper ID is required.

Each participant will receive 2 beers with their registration. You do not need to participate in the yoga instruction if you so choose. You will still receive the two beers for your registration.

Click here for more information and to register!
Training Club Opportunities for Western Region Athletes

The Friends United training club began bowling in September at locations in Lackawanna, Tonawanda, and West Seneca. Click here for the full schedule. Athletes with valid medical and consent forms are welcome to join.

The Elite Iron powerlifting club will start training again on October 6 in the Wheatfield area. Sessions will be on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. Interested athletes with valid medical and consent forms can email Barb Jacob at or call 716-536-1408 after 4:00 p.m.
SONA Athlete Satisfaction Survey

Special Olympics North America has developed an athlete satisfaction survey, which we invite all athletes from New York to participate in. Click  here to access the survey.
Reminders and Updates
Western Regional Bowling Registrations - due Oct. 20 
"Each time I volunteer with Special Olympics NY I want to come back for more - the athletes are amazing!"

Emily, Special Olympics Volunteer