Thursday, April 23, 2009

FW: Special Olympics Western Region Program Report


Special Olympics

New York


Western Region
Program Report 

April 21, 2009


In This Report

Sport Trainings

Upcoming Events

Law & Orders

New Athletes


Quick Links








This week

Athletics training this Saturday the 25th at Williamsville East High School from 9-11 AM.  Details can be found below.


A big THANK YOU to those who have indicated they are participating in the APPLEBEES fundraiser.



Please let me know (if you have not already) if you know of an athlete that can attend.


Announcement:  The Western Region will proudly be represented by Lisa Balus as the Head of Delegation.  Lisa has been involved with many Special Olympics teams and sports and is attending Summer Games with the Lancaster Cardinals.  Congratulations Lisa!


Remember the Date:

*Summer State Games - COMPLETE packets are due to the Western Office no later than May 1st.  Spots will open up to other teams/clubs if registrations are not in. 


*Registrations for the Super Regional Basketball Competition in Waterloo is May 1st.  Registration forms go to Robin Mitchell ( or faxed to: 585-586-7065. Please notify the Western Region Office if your team will need transportation.  The informational flyer can be found online.


Sport Trainings


There are 3 sport trainings being offered.

Thank you to those who have responded.  If you wish to attend one of these trainings please respond asap so that arrangements can be made accordingly. 


Athletics: Saturday, April 25, 9-11 AM, Williamsville East High School

151 Paradise Road
East Amherst, NY 14051

Registration is open until the 25th

Instructions:   Meet in the gym in back of the school.  Enter the second driveway and go straight back to the tennis courts.  Enter the double back doors by the gym. 


Equestrian:  Date/Time TBD,

SASi High Hurdles, Elma, NY


Volleyball: Date/Time TBD



Upcoming Events 


basketball  Western Region Basketball Competition 

May 2nd, 2009

Sweet Home High School

Run by Greg Belile and Niagara University Students


9:00am to 9:30am                     Registration & Check-in
9:45 to 10:15am                       Opening Ceremonies
10:15am 10:45am                     Paring Games (team)
10:45am to 3:00pm                  Team Competition
10:15am to 2:00pm                  Skills Competition
1:30pm to 2:30pm                    Skills Awards
3:00pm to 3:30pm                    Team Awards





Super Regional Volleyball and Aquatics Competition

May 9th 2009

Volleyball: Buffalo Niagara Court Center (West Seneca)

Aquatics: Canisius College Koessler Pool*



· 9:00-9:30      Registration at each location
· 9:30-9:45      Opening Ceremonies at each location
· 10:00            Coaches Meeting
· 10:15-11:00  Volleyball Team Pairing Games
· 10:15-3:00    Volleyball skills and aquatics competition
· 11:00-4:00    Volleyball Team Competition

· Awards         Aquatics: awards will be handed out throughout

                       the competition
                       Volleyball skills and Team: will be handed out at the end of each

                       division aquatics

*Please note the change in venue for the aquatics competition.  We apologize for any inconvenience, however the change had to be made in response to availability of facilities.



 Athletics Events:



Houghton College Spring Games

April 28, 2009

Run by Carol Fial


Western South Local Track and Field

May 12, 2009

Strider Field, Jamestown NY

Run by Joe Trusso


Olean Area Invitational

May 15, 2009

Allegany-Limestone School

Run by Sheri Robertson


Western South Local Track and Field

May 21, 2009

SUNY Fredonia

Run by Maureen Bialaszewski
Western North Local Track and Field

May 27, 2009

Emmet Belknap

Run by Liz Baker


Salamanca Schools Track and Field

May 29, 2009

Salamanca schools

Run by Margie Proto and Jennifer McAndres


Western Central Local Track and Field

 May 30, 2009

Sweet Home High School

Run by Debbie Fleetwood and Greg Belile


The informational packet can be found on the online file folder.  There is a lot of important information!

Registration forms are due to the Western Office no later than May 4th

Please use the registration forms provided in the appropriate online folder

Events Offered:

    50 Meter Race
     100 Meter Race 
     200 Meter Race

      400 Meter Race
     1500 Meter Race
      200 Meter Walk

      4 x 100 Relay
     Softball Throw

      Standing Long Jump
   Running Long Jump
   Shot put
 ADAPTIVE EVENTS-use adaptive Games Registration form


Law & Orders


Please pass on this information to your athletes and parents/guardians/staff.


We are looking for 1-2 athletes with a parent/guardian/coach  to be at each Applebees location to help greet customers, work with the law enforcement officers and make sure everyone is enjoying their dinner.   


Here is a list of locations:

5017 Transit Road Williamsville
4405 Milestrip Road Blasdell
3189 Erie Boulevard East DeWitt
1608 Military Road Niagara Falls
1641 Niagara Falls Blvd Amherst
5822 South Transit Road Lockport
340 East Fairmount Avenue Lakewood
2656 Delaware Avenue Buffalo
1785 Walden Avenue Cheektowaga
1050 Union Road West Seneca
4967 Transit Road Depew
3908 Vineyard Drive Dunkirk
3067 West State Street Olean


Please contact me if you know of an athlete that would be interested.  I would be happy to speak with any parent/guardian/staff member.

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When: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 5:00-8:30 PM

This April, the Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch run has an incredible opportunity with Applebee's.  On Wednesday, April 29,2009 we have the opportunity to do "Law & Orders" again in your area!  From 5-8:30pm law enforcement officers will be greeting the public, helping the waitresses get drinks, and bus tables while educating the customers about our initiatives.  On each table there will be an envelope where the customers can leave a donation for Special Olympics New York.  Historically in events like this we can raise anywhere between $500 - $1000 at one restaurant and with over 60 locations across the state we should have an amazing success! 
Participating locations in our area include:  Clarence, Blasdell, Niagara Falls, Amherst, Lockport, Jamestown, Delaware Ave., West Seneca, Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Olean and Batavia.  
The Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics is the movement's largest grassroots awareness and fundraising initiative, raising more than $30 million internationally in 2008.  At its most basic level the Law Enforcement Torch Run was started as a group of officers carrying the Torch into Special Olympics games and ceremonies and it has evolved into one of the largest fundraising programs for the organization.  Law Enforcement Officers have the opportunity to play a crucial role in the success of the events held here in the Rochester Area.
This is a tremendous opportunity with Applebee's to raise both funds and awareness for our programs!  Law Enforcement Torch Run has been holding these types of events for almost 20 years, but never have we had an event with this much potential.  It is my privilege to invite you to join us at this fun and exciting event.  
With support like yours, we can continue to show that when people with and without intellectual disabilities are brought together by Special Olympics, myths are dispelled, attitudes are changed, and new opportunities to embrace and celebrate people with intellectual disabilities are created.
If you have any questions about this request or anything pertaining to the upcoming event, please contact:
Melissa Wiggins
(585)586-7400 ext. 105 
Thank you for being a friend to our athletes and their families


New Athletes 


The word is out!  The office is receiving many requests for new athletes to join Special Olympics!  These athletes cannot experience the joy of Special Olympics without you.  I periodically send out emails when I receive athlete referrals.  Please respond whether or not your club is accepting new athletes.



"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
~Athlete Oath



Contact Information:


Shelby Baker

Program Director

Western Region

8207 Main Street, Suite 13

Williamsville, NY 14221 

Special Olympics New York


716-580-3941 (fax) 





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