Hofstra will house the athletes during the Games.
“The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged celebrate perseverance, diversity and personal achievement, and the student athletes who compete set the bar high for all of us,” said Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz. “Hofstra is proud and honored to be a part of such an inspiring New York State tradition.”
With the support of private-sector donations, Mangano saved the games in 2011 after learning that New York State had eliminated the funding for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. Mangano will continue to coordinate and save the games in 2013.
“The young student athletes who are able to participate in the weekend of events are truly inspirational to watch,” County Executive Mangano said. “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.”
NBTY Helping Hands Charity, a non-profit corporation formed by NBTY, Inc. a leading manufacturer and distributor of nutritional supplements worldwide, has committed once again to being the Event Sponsor of the Games for 2013, with a $50,000 donation.
The cost of participation is free and the numbers of athletes increase each year, now numbering more than 1,000.
“I challenge the public, on May 31st and June 1st, to come to Mitchel Athletic Complex and Nassau Community College to support these student athletes and experience first-hand their joy and triumph,” Mangano said.
The 2013 Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged will take place from May 30th through June 1st at Mitchel Athletic Complex and Nassau Community College. Athletes will compete in track, field, slalom, archery, swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis. Participants ranging from ages 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.
In its 29th year of competition, the Games will take place in part due to contributions from King Kullen—America’s First Supermarket— who has been a long-time sponsor helping to feed the athletes. Nassau Community College is the venue hosting swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis events as well as the closing ceremonies. NuHealth has shown their support by providing medical assistance with staff and volunteers in the past and will continue in 2013. The Nassau County Department of Health and our Medical Reserve Corp volunteers will once again work in partnership with NuHealth to provide onsite medical care and response during the games. In addition, Veolia will be providing shuttle bus service for Game participants and is also generously donating $3,000 to the Games as well.