Sponsor an Athlete for Special Olympics NY
Appeal from the Director of Development
Hello everyone! I hope that this email finds you all well, safe and healthy. It has been a crazy 2020 and pray that things improve!
While 2020 is nothing like we ever could have imagined, we can be proud of how our small but mighty organization has come together to continue opportunities for our athletes across the state, forging even deeper personal connections with them and their families in this unprecedented and unsettling time. I have every confidence that what we have learned and built in 2020 will prove to be a strong foundation for our work over the next 50 years.
We have a long road ahead as we get back to the in-person sports training and competition that is a lifeline for our athletes. With your support we will soon begin implementing a return to play that is purposely slow and cautious. We will need more equipment, more facility space and more safety supplies than we have ever needed before. Still, we know that for health reasons and, for many, because of where they live, not all athletes will be able to return as quickly as their teammates. For those who will be delayed, we are committed to continuing to serve them at home.
We typically rely heavily on ticketed and peer-to-peer events that we simply are unable to do this year. In order to make up the funds needed, we are preparing for an organization-wide effort to get 2020 athletes sponsored for the Winter Sports Season by mid-November, a cost of approximately $350 per athlete.
We are asking for your help. We do understand how difficult this time is for all, especially our Athletes. Each donor will be acknowledged on a virtual Special Olympics New York “Wall of Fame” that will be displayed on our website, social media networks and, when the time comes, at live events in your region. Maybe get a few friends together and sponsor 1 Athlete combined? Just a thought.
We are all up to this challenge, but we will need your help. I am asking that you personally sponsor as many athletes as you are able or better yet – set a goal of 25, 50 or 100 athletes and ask your friends and network help you reach that goal.
I hope that you will join us in making this campaign a success. I look forward to hearing from you. Either way, I truly appreciate all you have done and continue to do for our Athletes. Stay safe, stay healthy!
Here is the link:
If you donate online, make sure you put my name under “referred by”. This would be awesome!
Buss Reports Features Softball & Baseball Field Issues
On July 29, Buss Reports published an excellent investigative report regarding the reconstruction of sports fields throughout Manhattan, and interviewed YSA's Al Morales about the fields at Frederick Douglass and Dewitt Clinton.
Here's the video of Al's interview:
Click here to read the article!
Play Fair Campaign
NY 4 PARKS recently sent us the following:
As a member of the Play Fair Coalition, your organization helped us achieve our historic $43M win in the FY20 expense budget for NYC Parks. As we approach 2020, we know that we need to begin planning for the second year of advocacy around Play Fair, and we need your help to get there.
Please join us for an upcoming meeting our NY4P Parks Peers: Advocacy Partners network. We are convening our citywide organizational partners soon to discuss the implementation of the FY20 expense funding, as well to set the advocacy agenda for next spring. We hope you will join us for this important meeting between NY4P and your fellow peers in the civic and greening realm.
The UAA is working with New Yorkers 4 Parks Play Fair Coalition to add a line item on the 2021 budget earmarked strictly for an Athletic Field Maintenance Program and we need your support and input.
For those of you that are not members please consider becoming one. https://uaasports.org/join/index.php#
Play Ball is an initiative from MLB and USA Baseball that highlights the many ways baseball can be played, including outside of traditionally organized baseball leagues and tournaments, ranging from playing catch, stickball and Wiffle ball to participating in skills competitions like "Pitch, Hit & Run." PlayBall.org serves as its online home, featuring coaching tips, parent resources and health and safety info. It's also a resource to find out how to gets kids involved in Play Ball activities and get links to youth-related news and events, plus searchable maps for local community leagues. Check it out!