Special Olympics Summer Games Comes to Ithaca this Weekend


Ithaca, N.Y. – It all comes down to this—Special Olympics New York State Summer Games, the largest statewide competition of the year for athletes with intellectual disabilities, is coming to Ithaca this weekend, and Midway Lanes in Vestal hosts the Bowling athletes Saturday.

The summer games are the first held since 2019. Approximately 1,000 Special Olympics New York athletes and coaches from every region of the state will come together in a celebration of achievement and inclusion Friday night at Opening Ceremonies. On Saturday, it’s game on, with competition in eight sports: basketball, bowling, gymnastics, powerlifting, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Spectators and volunteers are welcome. Visit specialolympics-ny.org/community/2022-summer-games/.

The State Summer Games will be held as follows:

Friday, June 24
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
Ithaca College (Quad Field), 953 Danby Rd., Ithaca

Saturday, June 25
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Track and Field
Ithaca High School, 1401 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Basketball and Swimming
Ithaca College (A & E Center), 953 Danby Rd., Ithaca

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Volleyball
Ithaca College (Hill Center), 953 Danby Rd., Ithaca

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Powerlifting
Ithaca College (Fitness Center), 953 Danby Rd., Ithaca

9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tennis
Ithaca College (Tennis Courts), 953 Danby Rd., Ithaca

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Bowling
Midway Lanes, 213 N. Jensen Rd., Vestal

5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Athlete Health Screenings
Ithaca College (Campus Center), 953 Danby Rd., Ithaca

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Closing Ceremonies and Dance Party
Ithaca College (Campus Center), 953 Danby Rd., Ithaca

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 31,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with about 250 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families, or caregivers. The organization has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.com, making it one of the most trusted charities in the business nationally. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to donate, visit specialolympics-ny.org.