Brooklyn Runner Named Special Olympics New York Athlete Of The Month

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Brooklyn, NY – Special Olympics New York and the New York Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (NY ABLE) are pleased to congratulate Cross Country Runner Jordan Mack from Brownsville, Brooklyn on being named the November 2023 Athlete of the Month.

Mack, age 28, has been participating with Special Olympics New York for more than 10 years. He was selected for this commendation by showing consistent sportsmanship and character on and off the field. Mack runs cross country for the BK XC (Brooklyn Cross Country) Training Club. He also participates in basketball, track & field and floorball.

“Despite a very rainy cross-country season, Jordan’s character and team spirit shined through every time the BK XC team was able to get together,” said Brooklyn Cross Country Coach Kaitlin Santiago. “With 2 first time cross-country runners on the team, he was a constant source of encouragement for them, making sure they knew that their best was awesome. Jordan also exhibits fantastic leadership skills, as well as being a strong athlete in both character and sport. Jordan always gives his all when running and I have had such a great time as his coach.”

“In addition to being a tremendous athlete, Jordan always sets a good example for others and exhibits the all-around attributes of leadership, character and teamwork that we value at Special Olympics New York,” said President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “Congratulations to Jordan as well as his coaches and teammates on this well-deserved honor.”

To be eligible as Athlete of the Month, athletes must exhibit leadership in one or more of the following: Achievement in Sport, Sportsmanship (respect for coaches, officials, opponents, teammates), Character (playing by the rules, honesty, integrity), and Commitment to Improvement and Perseverance.

Athletes are considered for this honor based upon recommendations by Special Olympics New York staff, coaches, fans and the community. To recommend a Special Olympics New York athlete, click here.

About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 42,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with nearly 300 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. The organization has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, making it one of the most trusted charities in the business nationally. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit


The New York Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (NY ABLE) allows Eligible Individuals with disabilities and their families to save for qualified disability related expenses, without limiting their ability to benefit from federal benefit programs such as SSI, SSDI and Medicaid. NY ABLE offers multiple investment options including a checking account and debit card option allowing individuals with disabilities to maintain their independence and have quick and easy access to their own money.  Earnings on investments can grow tax-deferred and are tax-free if withdrawals are used for qualified disability expenses. For additional information about NY ABLE, or to open an account, please visit  Eligibility requirements, investment objectives, risks, expenses, and other important information about  NY ABLE is available in the Disclosure Booklet and Participation Agreement.

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