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Long Island Special Olympics Spring Games Coming To Plainedge!

Pictured: The Athletic Complex at Plainedge High School

Photo courtesy of Mark Design Studio

Save the date, May 4, 2024. The Long Island Region of Special Olympics New York has partnered with Plainedge Public Schools in planning its Spring Games. The Plainedge Athletic Complex located at Plainedge High School is set to host the competition.

The Spring Games expect over 400 athletes, 100 coaches, and thousands of spectators and volunteers. Plainedge Public Schools will host track and field events, powerlifting, and tennis at The Plainedge Athletic Complex – Edward A. Byrne Memorial Field. Farmingdale School District generously offered Plainedge Public Schools the opportunity to host the swimming events at their Aquatic Center located at Howitt Middle School.

They value their comprehensive Special Education Programs in Plainedge and are very proud of their K-12 Best Buddies Program, Unified Sports, and Challenger Sports. They are excited about the opportunity to host an event of this size with such a broad range of competitions showcasing Plainedge student athletes, as well as student athletes from the entire Metro area.

Plainedge School District has begun to reach out to community members to help take part in this event, which will be held on May 4, 2024. Those interested can help in three ways. The first will be through the volunteer effort of getting the facility ready leading up to the event and then helping clean up and get the facility back to normal. Second, the district will rely on local vendors to help establish the Olympic Village. Specifically, the district will be looking for vendors to provide games and workshops for participants. Third, the Special Olympics will be looking for donations to help get the event running.

They appreciate your participation in advance. They would not be able to run an event of this magnitude without significant volunteer efforts. Plainedge is such a great place with an amazing community that always comes together when needed. So please sign up now and join them in their drive to make this day an amazing day for all participating. If you would like to volunteer, please register at:

For more information about the Plainedge Union Free School District, please visit the district’s website at Follow them on social media @plainedgeufsd to stay updated on the event!

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