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Special Olympics State Winter Games to be held in Syracuse

Volunteer duties:

* Set up and break down sports venues, present medals, distribute lunches, sell merchandise and help with Opening Ceremonies and Olympic Village.

* Staff the following athletic venues: Alpine skiing, Nordic Skiing, figure skating, speed skating, snowshoeing and floor hockey.

The deadline for volunteer assignments given is Jan. 27; after that date walk-in volunteers are welcome. For more information on volunteering, please visit specialolympicsNY.org and click on Winter Games, email volunteer@nyso.org or call (800) 836-6976.

Special Olympics New York, which does not charge athletes to participate, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for more than 47,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

"Special Olympics aims to demonstrate that when people with and without intellectual disabilities are brought together by its year-round program of training and competition; myths are dispelled, attitudes are changed and new opportunities to embrace and celebrate people with intellectual disabilities are created," said Neal J. Johnson, president and CEO of the organization.

Premier Sponsors Citizens Bank and Wegmans Food Markets are joined by these additional sponsors: NYSUT, A Union of Professionals; Civil Service Employees Association; Knights of Columbus; Wal-Mart and media sponsor Galaxy Communications.

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