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Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged
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 Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged

The Program

The Games for the Physically Challenged offers competition in a variety of adapted sports, plus fitness for young people with physical challenges. The program is free to athletes and spectators through the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and lovingly supported by the unselfish efforts of loyal volunteers.

Sports achievement emphasizes the ability of the athlete and develop confidence and positive self-esteem. Success encourages an interest in sports activity and lays the foundation for the athlete to continue on to adult competition, if they chose.

The Athletes
Athletes are 5-21 years old.
Divisions include: visually impaired, blind, hearing impaired, deaf, spinal cord injured, amputee, Cerebral Palsy or Les Autres (muscular dystrophy, dwarfism, arthritis, etc.). 
Athletes of the same gender and physical challenge compete in the age divisions of 5-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-15 years, 16-18 years and 19-21 years.
Events are open with no qualifying competition or previous experience required. Athletes receive a Games uniform, medals and more.

 Photos of the 2009 Long Island Games for the Physically Challenged (as well as photos from other years) are now available to view at http://web.me.com/billav1/Empire_State_PC_games_Photos_Links/Welcome.html

THANKS to Bill Mountzouros for making these photos available online!

 The Games

Some of the competitive events offered are:

ARCHERY
TRACK: 40 meter, 60 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, 1500 meter. 
POWER WHEELCHAIR: 40 meter, 80 meter.
FIELD: club throw, discus, soft discus, precision throw, high jump, long jump, distance kick, shot put, soft shot. 
SWIMMING: backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle; 25 meter, 50 meter, 100 meter. 
SLALOM OBSTACLE COURSES: for ambulatory, wheelchair and power wheelchair. 
TABLE TENNIS

Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the winners.

These events offer physically challenged children exciting opportunities to participate in sports and recreational activities which are adapted to best suit their unique abilities.

The entry deadline for the 2010 Games is April 15.

Download the 2010 Games for the Physically Challenged Entry Book and Entry form (PDF document)

Many non-competitive demonstration activities are available.

 For More Information Contact:

  • Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged 
    Attn: Susan Maxwell
    Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged
    Hamlin Beach State Park, 1 Camp Rd, Hamlin, NY 14464
  • Phone: (585) 964-2462 ext. 234
  • Fax: (585) 964-7821
  • email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

OR:

  • Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged
  • 1 Empire State Plaza
  • Albany NY 12238
  • 518-474-8889
Location : Mitchel Athletic Complex, Nassau Community College
Contact : http://www.empirestategames.org/physical/

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