Last year, New York State eliminated all funding for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. Thankfully, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano stepped up to the plate for the second year in a row to help save the games. Therefore, the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged will take place this year May 31st through the June 2nd.
History of the Games…
The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged have taken place in Nassau County for the past 27 years; so naturally, there is no better place to continue the tradition!
Homed at Mitchel Athletic Complex and Nassau Community College, athletes compete in track, field, slalom, swimming, wheelchair basketball table tennis, archery, and more! Participants range in age from 5 to 21 and face disabilities including blindness, impaired vision, deafness, impaired hearing, spinal cord injuries, amputees and those who have cerebral palsy, dwarfism and other physical disabilities.
There is no cost to athletes to participate and the number of participants has increased yearly to as many as 1,100! The dedication brought forth by the parents, families, teachers, coaches and volunteers are crucial to the success of these games. Operating with a small staff, the games are facilitated by those who return year after year to a program they love.
We Need Your Help
In an effort to continue this tradition, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his staff created the Committee to “Save the Games”. Although Nassau County has committed significant resources to keep the Games alive, we need your help to ensure its success. Donate today! There is no donation too big or too small.