A return to the games roots and an economic boost

Candidate for Mayor of Syracuse, Otis Jennings, announced his administration will begin an effort to bring the Empire State Games back to Syracuse. The Empire State Games, suspended for this year, are scheduled to resume in 2010 in Buffalo.

Jennings said, "When my administration takes office, I will begin formation of volunteer groups to support the operation of the games and organize an advocacy group to promote Syracuse as the host of the Empire State Games in 2012-2013."

Syracuse last hosted the Empire State Games in 2002. The amateur athletic competition began in 1978.

"People remember with pride that thrilling moment on August 16, 1978 when some six-thousand amateur athletes marched into old Archbold Stadium at Syracuse University and began a movement that dozens of states across the country emulated by creating similar competitions," said Jennings, "And I want to rekindle that spirit."

"At the same time," Jennings continued, "The Empire State Games generate $10 to 12 million in economic activity and that is a boost we need. With back to back events we could see an influx of $24 million to the local economy"

The Empire State Games are a set of Olympic-style competitions for amateur athletes from across New York, encompassing several divisions and allowing athletes of all ages to compete.

For more information contact the Otis for Mayor Campaign at 218.5664

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