For the first time ever, Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan counties will host the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games.

The 2016 State Winter Games will begin on Feb. 19 with opening ceremonies, including a parade of athletes, motivational speeches, local entertainment, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Mid-Hudson Civic Center will also host the closing ceremonies and a victory dance on Feb. 20.

Events that can be see in the Hudson Valley venues include:
• Figure Skating – McCann Ice Arena, City of Poughkeepsie
• Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing – Bowdoin Park, Town of Poughkeepsie
• Alpine Skiing – Holiday Mountain Ski Area, Monticello
• Floor Hockey – Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is the Honorary Chair of the 2016 State Winter Games. He was a guest on Mix 97.7's Mark Bolger in the Morning Show and talked about the excitement of the upcoming games and how you can help make the athletes feel special.


For more information on how you can volunteer to be a fan, visit the Special Olympics New York website.