Empire State Games
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|First event||Syracuse University 1978|
|Occur every||Happens every year|
|Purpose||Sports for working people, Sports for disabled people|
|Headquarters||New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation New York, USA|
|Website||Empire State Games|
The Empire State Games are a set of annual Olympic-style competitions for amateur athletes from the state of New York, encompassing several divisions and allowing athletes of all ages to compete. It was a member of the National Congress of State Games. The Games consisted of a number of competitions:
- Summer Games (often referred to as the Empire State Games, typically held in late July)
- Winter Games (often referred to as the Empire State Winter Games, typically held in February)
- Games for the Physically Challenged (similar to the Paralympics)
- Senior Games (specificially for athletes age 50 and older)
In 2009, 2011 and 2012, the Empire State Games were cancelled.
Early History 
One of the original organizers of the Empire State Games was Herbert Mols of Buffalo, NY. The first Empire State Games took place at Syracuse University in 1978, the first State Games to be held in the United States. The Games remained in Syracuse until a delegation from Western New York led by Herbert Mols, Bob Rich, Bob Bedell, Carl Roesch, Dr. Marc Grosso, Mark Sternen and Ed Rutkowski brought the Games to Buffalo, NY in 1985 and 1986.
With the success of the first 1978 games, the Empire State Games have sparked the creation of other State Games across the country. Before their cancellation, the Empire State Games were the largest state-supported amateur athletic competition in the nation.
The games are ended 
The 2008 Empire State Games took place from July 23 through July 27, 2008 in Binghamton. The 2009 Empire State Games were cancelled. In 2010 the games were revived and held from July 21 through July 25, 2010 in Buffalo, New York.
Due to a lack of state funding, the 2011 games were discontinued on November 17, 2010. The community of Lake Placid was able to save the winter games. As for the Games for the Physically Challenged, they were abled to be saved with the help of Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the partnership with dozens of private sector sponsors.
Return of the games 
In 2012 Empire State Sports Foundation (ESSF) was created with the specific goal of rejuvenating the Hugh L. Carey Empire State Games for amateur athletes of New York State. ESSF is a Rochester, NY-based Not-for-Profit Public Charity dedicated to the recognition and promotion of competitive excellence among New York State’s amateur athletes, as well as those attributes associated with sports quality—personal health, fitness, development, education, sportsmanship and teamwork.
The Empire State Summer Games were prepared to return in 2013, but as the ESSF were finding corporate partners, they discovered that they had "been giving any extra funds to Hurricane Sandy relief, leaving little extra room for other worthy causes".The Empire State Games are going to be re-launched in Rochester in the summer of 2014.
Upon hearing that The Empire State Summer Games for 2013 was cancelled Nassau County anounces that they will be holding the 2013 Games for the Physically Challenged as they have done independently of the Summer games for the last two years. In a April 2013 press confrience, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano states "The 2013 Games would not have been able to happen without the genius donation of $50,000 US dollers by NBTY, Inc. through their Helping Hands Charity." Known locally as the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged, the 2013 games are scheduled to take place May 30th through June 1st, 2013.
New York State is divided into six regions for the Empire State Games, and each region fields its own athletic teams through tryouts before the Games begin.
- Adirondack Region
- Central Region
- Hudson Valley Region
- New York City Region
- Western Region
Summer Games 
There are three divisions in the Summer Empire State Games: open, scholastic, and masters. The scholastic division is for NYS residents that are 17 or younger as of August 31 of the Games year. Some scholastic division sports have a minimum age of 13 years. The open division is for NYS residents that are 18 years of age or older as of August 31 of the Games year. The masters division consitis of 11 different sports and their age qualifications vary by sport.
Athletic Events 
Open & Scholastic Divisions 
Open and Scholastic Events:
Masters Division 
The Masters division competes separately from the open and scholastic divisions, but has many of the same events.
Host Cities 
|1999||Long Island||Long Island|
|2005||New Paltz||Hudson Valley|
|2007||Westchester County||Hudson Valley|
Syracuse played host to the first seven of the games, and in total has hosted the Empire State Games 12 times. Other cities hosting multiple times include Buffalo (4 times), Albany (3 times), Binghamton (3 times), Rochester (3 times), and Ithaca (2 times).
Winter Games 
Games for the Physically Challenged 
The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged is open to athletes between the ages of 5 and 21 in the following divisions: visually impaired, blind, hearing impaired, deaf, spinal cord injury, amputee, cerebral palsy, and Les Autres (which includes conditions such as muscular dystrophy, dwarfism, and arthritis, among others).
Notable Empire State Games Athletes 
- Diann Roffe, Western
- Andy Van Slyke, Central
- Kenny Anderson, New York City
- Ron Artest, New York City, 1997–1998
- Walter Berry, New York City
- Sue Bird, Long Island
- Elton Brand, Hudson Valley, 1997
- Rick Carlisle, Adirondack
- Christian Laettner, Western
- Chris Mullin, New York City
- Sam Perkins, New York City
- Wally Szczerbiak, Long Island, 1997
- Dwayne Washington, New York City
- Michael Bentt,New York City
- Hector Camacho, New York City
- Joe Mesi, Western
- Mike Tyson, New York City
- Hasim Rahman
- Glen Moore, Western
- Tracey Fuchs, Long Island
- Christopher Higgins, Long Island, 2000–2001
- Todd Marchant, Western
- Matt Murley, Central, 1997
- Rob Schremp, Central, 2000
- Dustin Brown, Central, 2000
- Lyndsay Wall, Western, 2001
- Stephen Gionta, Western
- Josephine Pucci, Hudson Valley
- Colin Reilly, Hudson Valley, 2010
- Matthew Landis, Hudson Valley, 2010
- Sandra Fong, Long Island
- Thrine Kane, Long Island
- Jimmie Perrin, Western, 1995–2010
- Jason Turner, Western
- Thomas White, Hudson Valley, 1978–2010
- Kara Lynn Joyce, Western
- Jeff Blatnick, Adirondack
- Official site of the Empire State Games, now replaced with cancellation message
- Resiner, Mel (August 11, 1984). "Empire State Games set to open Wednesday". The Evening News. Associated Press. p. 1B. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
- "Empire State Games". Retrieved April 27, 201l.
- "Empire State Games canceled, again. Albany blows it, again". Retrieved November 2010.
- Official website of the Empire Winter Games
- "Mangano Saves Games For The Physically Challenged For Second Year In A Row". Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- "Official website of the Empire State Sports Foundation". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
- "Summer Games Return in 2014". Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "2014 Games". Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Mangano Saves Games For The Physically Challenged For Third Year In A Row". Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- Empire State Summer Games - Official Empire State Sports Foundation and Summer games site
- Empire State Winter Games
- Games for the Physically Challenged