Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano reminds residents that the Opening Ceremony for the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged will take place tomorrow, May 29th at the Mitchel Athletic Complex at 6:30 p.m. Competition and demonstrations are Friday and Saturday at Mitchel Athletic Complex and Nassau Community College. More than 1,000 athletes with abilities, ranging in age from 5 to 21, will compete in track, field, slalom, archery, swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis. Closing Ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 31st, at Nassau Community College at 6:30 p.m.
County Executive Mangano and a committee of citizens began raising the necessary donations to save the Games after New York State eliminated funding for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged in 2011. With the support of private-sector donations, the Games for the Physically Challenged is celebrating “30 Years of Ability” in 2014. A special thanks to sponsors: King Kullen—America’s First Supermarket; Hofstra University; Nassau Community College; NuHealth; the Nassau County Department of Health and Medical Reserve Corp; The Ike, Molly and Steven Elias Foundation & Elias Properties; Bethpage High School’s Student Council; GEICO; Home Medical Equipment; The Dee Foundation; The Bussani Mobility Team; The Disability Opportunities Fund; Able Newspaper; the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; and LAR Enterprises.
“The young student athletes who are able to participate in the weekend of events are truly inspirational to watch,” said County Executive Mangano. “As you see them cross the finish line, you see the smiles on their faces and tears of joy in their eyes. For one weekend, they get to compete with their friends from across New York State, share their stories and continue to build long-lasting friendships. I thank all those who generously support the Games!”
For more information, please visit Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged website at http://www.nassaucountypcgames.com.
Opening Ceremony – May 29th at 6:30 p.m.
Mitchel Athletic Complex
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard