CP Nassau was honored to be the host of the press conference to kick-off the 2016 Victory Games Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged .  Executive Director Bob McGuire welcomed and thanked all involved on behalf of CP Nassau and the Children’s Learning Center.  The CLC Chorus and the CLC Dance Team/Cheering Squad treated the crowd to some terrific singing and cheering to get all guests excited and feeling the enthusiasm of the Games!

A highlight of the morning was when a group CLC students passed along a torch to celebrate the fact that “we are all differently abled” and have lots to contribute and share with one another!  The torch was handed by a student to Susan Gordon Ryan who established the Games, now in their 32nd year!

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is the Chairman of the Games and he served as the Master of Ceremonies.  Guests and supporters in attendance included:

–  Lorraine Fruhwald from Ike, Molly and Steven Elias Foundation & Elias Properties

–  Rod Curran, Associate VP, GEICO

–  Dermot Kelly from The Society of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick

– Richard Guardino, VP of Business Development, Hofstra University

–  Jeff Prince, Director of Store Operations, King Kullen

–  Michael Setzer, President, NICE Bus

–  Jim Macri, Board Member, The DEE Foundation

–  Dr. Kenneth Saunders, Executive VP, Nassau Community College

– Susan Gordon Ryan, Founder and Former Director of the Games

-John and Dan Bussani of Bussani Mobility Team

– Rich Papetti of Citizens United to Remove Barriers

-Angela Melledy, Publisher, Able Newspaper

-Brian Nugent, Acting Commissioner of Nassau County Parks and Recreation

– Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, Nassau County Department of Health Commissioner

-Shila Shah- Gavnoudias, Nassau County DPW Commissioner

– Matthew Dwyer, Director, Nassau County Office for the Physically Challenged

-Susan Maxwell, Program Director for the Victory Challenge