Special Olympics New York

Thomas O'Neil-White

This weekend Woodlawn Beach in Hamburg is hosting the 13th annual Polar Plunge, an event that raises money for local Special Olympic athletes.

Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York will see $50,000 less in funds from New York State’s budget this fiscal year.

Special Olympics New York

Of the 7,500 athletes beginning competition today in Abu Dhabi at the Special Olympics World Games, six are from New York State. "Special Olympics is all about inclusion," said Stacey Hengsterman, President and CEO of Special Olympics New York. ESPN's coverage of the event from Abu Dhabi, Hengsterman believes, "really sends a message to the world."