The Power of Sport. For every Special Olympics athlete, there are many more waiting for their chance. Download Program Fact SheetOur mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community.Special Olympics New York currently serves more than 64,659 athletes (2013 census) throughout the state. They train for weeks and months to prepare for local, regional and statewide competition. They are supported by more than 4,663 certified coaches and 35,299 event volunteers. Athletes are never charged to participate in our programs. Special Olympics New York is headquartered in Schenectady, serving the Long Island, New York City, Hudson Valley, Central, Western, Capital , North Country, Southern Tierand Genesee regions.