Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged
May 30 - June 1
The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged brings athletes together from all over New York State to compete in a weekend long sporting event. In 2011, when funding was cut, Nassau County proudly stepped up to save the games and keep this wonderful tradition alive.
Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged takes place at Mitchel Athletic Complex and Nassau Community College. Athletes compete in track and field, slalom, archery, swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis. Participants range in age from 5 to 21 years with 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 continues to grow year after year. The dedication brought forth by the parents, families, teachers, coaches and volunteers are crucial to the success of these games. With a small staff, the help of former athletes, so many dedicated volunteers and the generous support of the local businesses and community, we have been able to continue the tradition of this very unique program.