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Empire games return to B'ville

Athletes from all over Central New York participated in the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, held Sept. 23 at The CNY Family Sports Centre on Jones Road in Baldwinsville.

"We had 142 physically challenged athletes from 18 area school programs attend the adapted sports clinic here at CNY Family Sports Centre," said Susan Maxwell, Empire State games for the Physically Challenged coordinator.

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.

"Through the support and dedication of our many volunteers and local businesses our program was a great success," Maxwell said. "The smiles seen here are our greatest reward."

Sports achievement emphasizes the ability of the athlete and develops 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.

"It was great to see the smiling faces of all the athletes and volunteers. We look forward to the continued success of the program and event for years to come," said Pete Ramin, director of operations, CNY Family Sports Centre.

Anyone interested in the program for next year or for more information on

Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged programs, visit empirestategames.org or contact Maxwell at susan.maxwell@oprhp.state.ny.us.

"We would like to thank CNY Family Sports Centre for donating the use of their facility for this unique event," Maxwell said.

Pete Ramin, second from right, director of operations at The CNY Family Sports Centre and Claude Sykes, right, town of Van Buren supervisor, welcome Susan Maxwell, second from left, and Charles Halligan, left, to The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged.

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