Posted at: 09/18/2012 3:41 PM
| Updated at: 09/18/2012 7:02 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
GLENS FALLS - Opening ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, October 19th in the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Seven different athletic competitions the next day throughout the area: bocce at the Adirondack Sports Complex, cross-country running and cycling at the YMCA, golf at a Queensbury club, softball and soccer at the Morse Athletic Complex, equestrian at Skidmore.
Senator Betty Little says she especially enjoyed "the bocce and that was so much fun. Just watching everybody. I never thought you could get into bocce as much as you could watching the games and cheering on the athletes."
Let's hope the weather next month for the Special Olympic athletes is more competition-friendly than it was today when it poured rain.
"There's still opportunities for people to come out and be involved as a volunteer, if not in organizing or helping to produce the events or helping us to generate revenues to support it," said Special Olympic s New York President and CEO Neal Johnson.
The event is a nice business boost for the North Country when summer is gone, leaf peeping is mostly over and winter sports have not yet kicked in.
"The lodging, it's overnight lodging so it is significant," said Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond. "A lot of the athletes and families do get a chance to come out and see our community and dine downtown so it is a promising economic development tool."