Empire State Games for Physically Challenged in cash crunch

The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged are in danger of shutting down, but private donations have helped keep them temporarily afloat after a

ALBERTSON - The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged are in danger of shutting down, but private donations have helped keep them temporarily afloat after a funding cut. State officials eliminated funding for the games several years ago, prompting Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to launch campaigns asking for financial help. He helped save the event last year and has raised half of the necessary funds to date for 2012. The games allow participants between the ages of 5 and 21 to compete in athletic events that cater to their disabilities. They are set to take place at Mitchell Field and Nassau Community College from May 31 through June 2.LI athletes, coaches to fundraise for Empire State Games

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