(WBNG) -- Special Olympics New York announced the start of the 2021 Summer Sports Season.
The Special Olympics says the sports season will offer regular training in eight sports as well as other fitness activities for athletes to train and compete where group practices may not be possible due to pandemic-related restrictions. An eSports competition for athletes and Unified pairs is also included in the season.
Athletes will compete in basketball, bowling, gymanastics powerlifting, swimming, tennis, track and field and volleyball. The Special Olympics says thousands of athletes will compete. They say Unified Champion Schools are looking forward to the start of basketball season across New York State.
The Special Olympics says it's proud that a majority of its 250 Unified Champion Schools prepared to offer Unified Basketball in public schools. In addition to this, they say 70 schools and 1300 students will compete in Unified Bowling.
Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman says the athletes' and coaches' health and safety will be a priority for the summer season.
She also wishes good luck to all the competitors.
“Our return to play continues to ensure an opportunity for every athlete to get back in the game, whether they are able to practice in teams, on their own with their coach or through esport," she said.
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