The first "Buffalo Snow Bowl," a six-on-six flag football tournament to benefit Special Olympics New York, will take place Saturday, March 11, at New Era Field in Orchard Park. Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. Games will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Participants from all over New York, and Special Olympics New York athletes, will compete.
Twenty teams will compete in this inaugural event, including a team made up of Special Olympics New York coaches and parents. This fundraising event is open to the public, 18 years or older, with four divisions: pro league, rookie league, bar/corporate league and co-ed league.
Teams can still register until the day of, raising the minimum of $1,000 to participate. To date, participants have raised nearly $19,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics New York.
This event is modeled after the New Jersey Snow Bowl, which has grown to a three-day tournament in partnership with the New York Giants and raises over $500,000.
Each team is guaranteed three games on the field, as a reward for raising a minimum of $1,000 to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics New York. Teams will have traveled from as far as New York City to play.
Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 22 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes, their families or caregivers. More than 68,000 athletes train and compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America.