Young athletes participating in the Victory Challenge seek help!

victorychallenge13By Caitlin Kelly

In support of the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, County Executive Edward P. Mangano will be hosting a fundraiser tonight at H.R. Singleton’s in Bethpage. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $40 and include a buffet and one door prize ticket.

The event features a Chinese auction with gift basket donations from local restaurants and businesses. Grand prizes include a 2012 New York Jets Team signed replica football valued at $245, New York Rangers Rich Nash autographed jersey, New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony autographed jersey, Yankee and Mets tickets and a two night stay at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort, including round trip airfare.

The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged were established in 1985. Upon learning that New York State had eliminated funding for the Games, County Executive Mangano enlisted the help of private sector sponsors and the local community to save the Games in 2011. This year marks the third consecutive year that Nassau County will be hosting the Games.

“These athletes work hard all year long preparing for the games and I have seen the joy and excitement on their faces as they cross the finish line,” said County Executive Mangano. “For the past two years, we have successfully funded the games and will continue to do so, but not without your help!”

The 2013 Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged will take place from May 30th through April 1st at the Mitchel Athletic Complex and Nassau Community College. Athletes will compete in track, field, slalom, archery, swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis. Participants ranging from 5 to 21 face disabilities including blindness, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired, spinal cord injured, amputees, and those who have cerebral palsy, dwarfism, and other physical challenges.

“I ask you to join me in continuing to save the games by attending out fundraiser,” said County Executive Mangano. “Help us keep the spirit of the games alive!”

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