I talk about the Special Olympics and the Unified Sports program all the time. The Special Olympics gives sports training all year long in Olympic-style sports for kids and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Special Olympics New York serves over 31,000 athletes across the Empire State with over 1,000 athletes in the Southern Tier alone. They are the largest state chapter in the country and have been around for more than 50 years. They have no plans of slowing down anytime soon and we want to keep it that way.

I've also had the pleasure of officiating in the Unified summer basketball program in our area. It's a rewarding experience that's hard to put in words as these kids participate in this wonderful event.

Go For The Gold Fundraiser For The Special Olympics New York

Here's one of the great things about the Special Olympics New York programs. It's offered at no cost to athletes, their families, and caregivers. That's why on Wednesday, April 27th, they are hosting a "Go For The Gold" Fundraiser throughout Upstate and Western New York.

It'll be happening at 40 Applebee locations throughout the state to raise money and awareness for this fantastic organization. It'll run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with volunteers from all over attending the event.

Law Enforcement, coaches, family members, and Unified Sports partners are just a few volunteers that will be on hand. Special Olympics USA Games athletes will be at many locations to collect donations for their upcoming trip to Orlando in June.

All donations directly support the athletes of Special Olympics NY. Together we can help these athletes go for the gold as they taste victory, overcome defeat and stay active for life.

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In the Southern Tier, the Applebee's on the Vestal Parkway will be participating from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Omar and Brandy will be participating in the Special Olympics USA Games and will be on hand at Applebee's beginning at 4:45  Lieutenant Vandervort from Binghamton University also be there during the "Go For The Gold" Fundraiser.

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