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Congratulations to Larry Kolwaite
2017 Special Olympics New York Coach of the Year
The Central Region would like to congratulate Larry Kolwaite who was recently named the 2017 Special Olympics New York Coach of the Year. Larry has been involved with Special Olympics New York for more than thirty-five years acting as a coach, mentor, clinician and ambassador. He currently coaches cycling, swimming and Nordic skiing and is the Sport Director for the Regional Aquatics competition. Larry has proven to be a valuable asset to the Central Region and its staff. His willingness and effort to support and grow program activities is exemplary and we are fortunate to have him in our Region. Larry is now a nominee for Special Olympics North America Coach of the Year. Congratulations Larry, we wish you the best of luck!

Coaches Corner
The winter sports season has arrived and training club schedules have been posted on the Central Region homepage which can be found  HERE! Coaches, if you have not already done so, please send your training club information to  Sean Coakley so it can be posted as well. Thank you.

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.


Development News
Polar Plunger season is here and we need your help! 
Athletes, coaches, family and friends please join us for FREEZIN' FOR A REASON and support our 68,547 athletes Special Olympics New York.
Start a team, join a team or join as an individual, and ask family and friends to help sponsor your plunge.  Raise just $100 to receive an official 2017-2018 Polar Plunge hoodie...raise more, receive more!
Polar Plunge is Central Region's main funding source for training and competition including facility fees, transportation, housing, equipment, etc.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Too chicken to plunge?   We still need your support! 
  • Follow us on Facebook...LIKE, SHARE & COMMENT to help boost our reach.
  • Make a donation online.
  • Volunteer at plunge.
  • Help spread the word by hanging Polar Plunge promotional posters  (library, stores, restaurants, work).
  • Encourage  friends and co-workers to participate.
  • Donate a raffle item or basket.
    Come to plunge and be a fan!  
11th Annual CNY- Oneida Shore Polar Plunge
at Oneida Shores, Brewerton
9400 Bartell Rd, Brewerton
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Registration // Check-In 10:00AM to 12:30PM
Plunge at 1:00PM
5nd Annual Ithaca Polar Plunge  
at Taughannock Falls State Park
1740 Taughannock Blvd., Trumansburg
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Registration // Check-In 11:00AM to 12:30PM
Plunge at 1:00PM
Sackets Harbor Polar Plunge
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) 10 MTN Chapter  to benefit Special Olympics New York
301 West Main St, Sackets Harbor  
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Registration // Check-In 11:00AM to 12:30PM
Plunge at 1:00PM

Cassandra Rucker
Director of Development,
Special Olympics New York - Central Region & Southern Tier
6315 Fly Road - East Syracuse, NY 13057
Office: 315-314-6839 ext 7202
NEW Fax: 315-625-3625


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