Special Olympics athletes gear up for regional floor hockey competition at Commack Middle School

Over 120 athletes participated in the floor team and skills tournament. News 12’s Virginia Huie was there to see the action.

News 12 Staff

Feb 24, 2023, 6:44 PM

Updated 416 days ago

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Special Olympics athletes from across Long Island, Hudson Valley and the boroughs are gearing up for the regional floor hockey competition in Commack Middle School.
Over 120 athletes are set to participate in the floor team and skills tournament. News 12’s Virginia Huie was there to see the action.
“Our goal obviously is to win. But our main goal is just to prove to the world what we can do as Special Olympic athletes, that everybody has abilities and to show the world what we can do,” said Jessica Spitz, who plays offense for the Commack Sharks. “I just love running around and being with all my friends. What's great is there are so many teams here today, but in Special Olympics we're all one big family. Win or lose, we're still friends.”
Special Olympics Regional Director Tim Flynn is proud of their hard work.
“These athletes have more spirit and more determination than most people. They are all heart, they're all love, and they are true athletes in every way,” he said.
The winning team from the competition will go on to compete in the Special Olympics winter games in Syracuse on Feb. 23.


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