On June 24 and 25, thousands of athletes, coaches, family members, supporters, and volunteers gathered at Ithaca College to celebrate the competition and camaraderie of the 2022 Special Olympics New York Summer Games.
The 2022 Summer Games marked the first in a three-year partnership between IC and Special Olympics New York. Competitions were held in eight sports — aquatics, bowling, basketball, gymnastics, powerlifting, tennis, track and field, and volleyball — at IC athletics facilities and local venues like Ithaca High School and Midway Bowl. This year brought extra cause for celebration, as this was the first in-person Summer Games after a nearly three-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our community is thrilled that the Summer Games will be making their home here on our beautiful South Hill campus and in the city of Ithaca for the next three years,” said Ithaca College president La Jerne Terry Cornish. “We hope to create an amazing and unforgettable experience for everyone participating, and we’re thankful to the countless individuals who have dedicated themselves to ensuring that the resumption of the Summer Games is a magnificent success.”
Founded in 1968, Special Olympics New York is a non-profit organization on a mission to empower people with intellectual disabilities through year-round training and competition in a variety of Olympic sports. Serving more than 51,000 athletes, Special Olympics New York has grown to become the largest program of its kind in the United States, and one of the largest in the world.