Oct. 4, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Michael G. Carey, son of Governor
, 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
, 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
want the games back, and we are going make it happen. "
annual Empire State Winter Games will again be held again in
, 2013. And plans are in place to hold the renewed Empire State Summer Games
Also announced, two of New York State's top athletes are lending their voices to the effort. Games alumni
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
. "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
. "My memories from the Games are still vivid as I relished competing against the best athletes in
. 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.