For Immediate Release
October 17, 2008
Brockport, NY — Nearly 250 athletes participated in the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, which took place October 17 – 18 on The College at Brockport's main campus. For 22 years, the College has hosted this two-day event.
The games kicked off with the Opening Ceremonies at 10 am in Tuttle North Gym. The keynote speaker was Peter Gottwald, Jr., who won a silver medal the 800 meter race at the 2008 Paralympic Summer Games, held in Beijing, China.
Events on October 17 included track and field (200 – 1,500-meter races, long jump, discus, shot put and distance kick), archery and slalom. Events on October 18 included swimming, sled hockey and bowling. Non-competitive activities, demonstrations and a pre-school program also were offered.
The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged has celebrated the abilities of physically challenged individuals for 22 years. The goals of the games are to introduce the concept of adapted sports for physically challenged youth, encourage promotion of sports for physically challenged individuals of all ages, and to enable juniors to learn and develop skills required for a successful experience in sports competition and fitness. The games are open to children ages 5 – 21 who are amputees, blind or visually impaired, deaf or hearing impaired, spinal cord injured, have Cerebral Palsy and others with physical disabilities.
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