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Inspiration at Nassau County Empire State Games!

This year’s Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged were incredibly inspiring! It’s just amazing what these kids – with the heart and courage of true athletes – can do! More than 932 athletes aged 5 to 21 registered from across the state for the May 31-June 2 event.



Victory Challenge torch bearers with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, New York State Assemblymen David McDonough and Joseph Saladino. (Photo courtesy of lipolitics.com.)

The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged have taken place in Nassau County for the past 28 years. The Mitchel Field Athletic Complex and Nassau Community College are home to many of the sporting events. With much enthusiasm — and lots of playful hoops and hollers — participants competed in track and field, slalom, swimming, wheelchair basketball, table tennis, archery, and more.

John Bussani,
Bussani Mobility Team’s
Founder & President, was at the event and said: “I’ll never forget the smiles on the athletes’ faces as they crossed the finish line of the track and field events and experienced being winners at the other challenges. It’s so satisfying to be part of an event that gives these young athletes a chance to show what they’re made of and to shine.”

At the Opening Ceremonies, sponsors and board members gathered (left to right): Dom Labin of Hofstra University and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; John D. Kemp Esquire President and CEO of Abilities; Michael Oliveri of NBTY; John Bussani of Bussani Mobility; John McDonough President of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; Loraine Fruhwald of Elias Properties; Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano; Susan Gordon-Ryan Event Chairwoman; Tony Femminella Vice President of Store Operations for King Kullen; Richard V. Guardino Jr., Vice President of Business Development for Hofstra University; Dan Bussani of Bussani Mobility; and New York State Assemblyman David McDonough. (Photo by Tamborrino)

This year’s Games were almost cancelled when New York State announced its plans to eliminate all funding for the event. But thanks to the dedication and generosity of businesses, schools and citizens in the local community, these very special young athletes facing a variety of physical disabilities once again gathered to test their mettle and make new friends. Everyone was a winner…Kudos to all!

If you’d like to see more news coverage of the event, check out these links:
LIPolitics.com
Farmingdale Observer
YouTube

 

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