Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Through their participation, athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image. On Long Island, over 4,700 athletes compete year round, including in the Spring Games and Fall Classic, each of which is sponsored by Canon U.S.A.
Canon U.S.A. also sponsors 20 Special Olympics athletes who participate in the Athlete Leadership Program. This program enables athletes to engage in additional, non-sport-based opportunities within Special Olympics, such as speaking at community events and conferences; mentoring other athletes; participating in fundraising activities; and volunteering in their local Special Olympics regional office.