New York City Region Basketball Athlete Duryea Ryan Named Special Olympics New York Athlete Of The Month For May

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New York City, NY – Special Olympics New York and the New York Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (NY ABLE) are pleased to congratulate Duryea Ryan on being named the May 2024 Athlete of the Month.

Ryan, age 16, has gone from a quiet and shy newcomer to a confident and outgoing leader of his teams. He plays sports year-round, including floorball in winter and basketball in summer. In the words of his coach, Kevin McElroy, “Duryea is a HUGE part of his teams’ success!”

“We love watching our athletes grow and compete in every sports season they can,” said Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “Duryea is a shining example of all that hard work paying off. We’re pleased to congratulate him on this honor.”

To earn eligibility for 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 45,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with more than 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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