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HUDSON VALLEY TO HOST SPECIAL OLYMPICS WINTER GAMES
BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF • ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 2/15/17
Alpine skiing in Monticello, cross-country skiing and figure skating in Poughkeepsie and floor hockey in Newburgh are just some of the special events taking place next weekend as part of the annual 2017 New York State Special Olympics Winter Games.
For the second straight year, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties will host the weekend of special events. The 2017 State Winter Games will commence on February 17 with opening ceremonies including a ceremonial 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 closing ceremonies and a victory dance on February 18.
Volunteers are still needed to cheer at events throughout the weekend. For the full schedule, visit specialolympics-ny.org/winter-games.
Freezing for a real good reason
In addition to the Olympic-style events as part of this year’s winter games, the annual Fishkill Polar Plunge will once again take an icy leap to support over 3,500 local Special Olympic athletes.
The Fishkill Polar Plunge, now entering its 19th year, began in 1998 by police officer Chris Hamel. Hamel and 17 others braved the icy cold waters at the Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill to raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics New York. Last year’s event raised over $140,000, one of the top fundraisers in the region. To register, visit polarplungeny.org/fishkill.