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.
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.
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.”
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!