The 2016 2016 Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, which will see physically-challenged athletes compete in track, field, wheelchair basketball, table tennis and more, are set for June 2-June 4.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and children from the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County announced last week plans for the Games, which will be held at Mitchel Athletic Complex and Nassau Community College.
New York State funding was eliminated for the Games several years ago and the Mangano administration, with the help of private sector sponsors, has kept the Games alive.
“The young student athletes who participate in the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged are truly inspirational to watch,” Mangano stated. “As they cross the finish line, you see the smiles on their faces and tears of joy in their eyes.”
With the general support of corporations such as Elias Properties, GEICO and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, athletes ages 5-21 facing disabilities including blindness, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired, spinal cord injured, amputees and those who have cerebral palsy, dwarfism and other physical challenges will compete in the 32nd annual Games.
King Kullen is one of the event’s longtime sponsors and helps to feed the athletes, while Hofstra University has committed to housing the athletes with only minimal costs for maintenance. Nassau Community College is the venue hosting swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis events as well as the closing ceremonies. The Nassau County Department of Health and Medical Reserve Corp volunteers will once again work to provide onsite medical care and response during the games. In addition, NICE Bus will provide shuttle bus service for participants and has also generously donated $5,000 toward the opening ceremonies.
There is no charge to participate in the Games, which typically draws more than 1,000 athletes.
For more information, visit Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged website at Nassaucountypcgames.com.