Rochester will be the host of the Special Olympics New York Winter Games for the second time in three years.
People in Pittsford are encouraged to volunteer at the games and help make the dreams of Special Olympics athletes come true.
Nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches from across the state will compete in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Like all Special Olympics New York programs, the games are held at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. The games are not possible without volunteers.
There are two different ways that people can volunteer. The first is by working directly with athletes or preparing the venue. These jobs include set up, athlete escorts, stagers, timers and scorekeepers. There are also social volunteers, more commonly known as the fans. As with all sporting events, fans play an important role in the Special Olympics. Many athletes travel far and do not always have the opportunity for families to attend and cheer them on.
Volunteers are needed Feb. 21-23. Volunteers can sign up as an individual or as a group with the team, school, office or community club. Visit or by contacting Sara Massa at Special Olympics New York at to sign up.