HIGH NOTES: Special Olympics donation, incentives to wear bike helmets

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In Albany, SEFCU will make a donation to the Special Olympics for every medal won by the Team USA in the Olympics in Tokyo. The money will support Special Olympics New York athletes and coaches preparing for national competition in 2022. The credit union will donate $500 for every gold, $250 for every silver and $125 for every bronze medal won by the USA Olympics Team in Tokyo to Special Olympics New York’s own USA Games delegation. Fans are invited to support the SEFCU campaign by making a donation at sefcu.com/olympics. The Special Olympics USA Games will be held June 5-12, 2022, at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Team New York will include approximately 150 athletes and coaches in 14 sports: basketball, bocce, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball, tennis, triathlon, track & field and volleyball. They will go up against more than 5,500 athletes from across the country and the Caribbean.

In Clifton Park, local businesses and government officials are working together to promote bike safety with the 23rd annual Safe Summer Bike Helmet program. The program, initiated by state Sen. Jim Tedisco, will distribute 5,000 “good tickets” for free ice cream cones to 22 police departments to reward children who wear their helmets while bicycling, skateboarding, and rollerblading, and give free bike helmets to kids who need one. The Safe Summer program is made possible thanks to donations from participating businesses: Stewart’s Shops, Friendly’s, Hayner’s Ice Cream Hall of Fame in Halfmoon and Ben & Jerry’s. The law firm of Martin, Harding and Mazzotti LLP is donating hundreds of new bike helmets to police departments in the 49th Senate District to distribute to children who need them. Participating police departments that will distribute free ice cream coupons and bike helmets to kids include: Saratoga County Sheriff, Schenectady County Sheriff, Fulton County Sheriff, Hamilton County Sheriff, Herkimer County Sheriff, Ballston Spa Police, Broadalbin Police, Clifton Park Town Security, Glenville Police, Gloversville Police, Indian Lake Police, Inlet Police, Johnstown Police, Niskayuna Police, Northville Police, Rensselaer Police, Rotterdam Police, Saratoga Springs Police, City of Schenectady Police, Scotia Police, Stillwater Police, and Webb Police.

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