Bringing Back The Games: Let's Play

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael G. Carey, son of Governor Hugh Carey, today joined athletes and local elected officials to announce plans to bring back the Empire State Games through the creation of a new not-for-profit foundation, the Empire State Sports Foundation. The private foundation has taken over the planning, promotion and organization of the summer games thanks to a recent agreement signed with the NYS Parks Department.

"We are all here for one reason, we love the Empire State Games," said Michael Carey, president of the ESG Board of Governors. "And now, today, we are here to announce that we are moving forward with the plan to bring back the Empire State Summer Games. The people of New York want the games back, and we are going make it happen. "

The 33rd annual Empire State Winter Games will again be held again in Lake Placid, February 7-10, 2013. And plans are in place to hold the renewed Empire State Summer Games July 24th-28th in the Rochester area.

Also announced, two of New York State's top athletes are lending their voices to the effort. Games alumni Stephen Gionta and Abby Wambach have both agreed to serve as honorary members of the ESG Board of Governors.

"I played in the Empire State Games, and I loved it," said NHL winger Stephen Gionta. "It was one of the most memorable moments of my young hockey career. To play against the best in the state, to play for my region, to play for a gold medal – nothing compares. I hope all alumni join me in lending their voice and helping to bring back the Empire State Games."

"I am so excited for the return of the Empire State Games," said U.S. Soccer great Abby Wambach. "My memories from the Games are still vivid as I relished competing against the best athletes in New York. I encourage everyone to join me in celebrating the Empire State Games so we can give another generation of young athletes an opportunity to play, a reason to train hard, and a chance to dream big."

Under the new private model, the not-for-profit Empire State Sports Foundation will be funded primarily through private sources and corporate sponsorship. As designed, the work of the foundation will benefit both the Summer Games and the Winter Games.

"This is the start of a new chapter in Empire State Games history," said James McKenna, president of the Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. "Our partnership puts in motion a public/private model, ensuring that the Adirondacks' Winter Games will continue, and that the potential for both events to grow is unlimited."

Carey concluded: "To make these games a success, we need all the athletes, all the alumni and all the supporters of amateur sports to get involved."

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SOURCE Empire State Games