Students of United Cerebral Palsy Nassau (UCPN), who will be competing in the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, demonstrate the Upsee Harness which helps them to stand upright. Students, left to right, are Brittany Borgen, Lauren Richardson, Max Ryder and Tyler Bock. Therapists assisting them are, left to right, Megan Manning, Diana Pannullo, Linda Rosenfeld and Andrew Cho.The demonstration took place after Nassau County Exec. Edward Mangano announced that his administration has once again raised the private sector donations needed to host the Games, May 28 through 30, as he has since 2011, when state funding was cut.Mangano accepted a donation of $30,000 from this year’s Gold Medal Sponsor Property Tax Reduction Consultants Pres. Sean Acosta for support of the Games. Acosta’s son Sean Jr. and Commissioner of County Human Services Lisa Murphy joined them for the presentation.
Other Games sponsors present for the announcement watch the demonstration as student athletes from the UCPN, rear, look on. Sponsors at the announcement include representatives of King Kullen, Hofstra University, Nassau Community College, NICE Bus, Bussani Mobility, Astoria Bank, N.Y. Islanders, Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation, Home Medical Equipment, The Dee Foundation, LAR Enterprises, the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Trainville Hobby Depot and The Disability Opportunity Fund.Athletes will compete in track, field, slalom, archery, swimming, wheelchair basketball and table tennis at the Games. Participants ages 5 to 21 are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired, spinal cord injured, amputees and have cerebral palsy, dwarfism and other physical disabilities.The cost of participation is free and the number of athletes increases each year and has risen to more than 1,000. Operating with a small staff, the Games are facilitated by volunteers who return year after year.
For information visit Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged website www.nassaucountypcgames.com.
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