Free Athletic Participation
The Empire State Games
The Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged offers competition in a variety of adaptive sports, plus fitness and training workshops for young people with physical challenges. The program is free to athletes and spectators through the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and supported by the efforts of its volunteers. Athletes are 5–21 years old. Divisions include: visually impaired, blind, hearing-impaired, deaf, spinal-cord injured, amputee, cerebral palsy and les autres (muscular dystrophy, dwarfism, arthritis etc.). Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the winners. Many non-competitive demonstration activities are also available.