Up For The Challenge

A special Thank You to SEPTA for their continued support and to all of the teachers, coaches and support staff that made this all possible.
A special Thank You to SEPTA for their continued support and to all of the teachers, coaches and support staff that made this all possible.
Tamia Lewis gives the ring toss her best shot while Brian Hauser, background, gets a congratulatory moment from his proud dad.
Tamia Lewis gives the ring toss her best shot while Brian Hauser, background, gets a congratulatory moment from his proud dad.
Oakwood First-Grade Teacher Joan Lay (center) with many of her students who came out to support the athletes, greet Whitman athlete Sophie Markell (white Jersey).
Oakwood First-Grade Teacher Joan Lay (center) with many of her students who came out to support the athletes, greet Whitman athlete Sophie Markell (white Jersey).
Devin Sansevieri lets the weighted ring toss fly with great results.
Devin Sansevieri lets the weighted ring toss fly with great results.
James Stanton brought home a gold medal in the disc throw.
James Stanton brought home a gold medal in the disc throw.

Physical Education Teacher Rory Sherman brought back some really great news to share with the South Huntington community. The 30th annual Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged ran throughout May 30 and 31 at Mitchel Athletic Complex, and featured athletes between the ages of 5 and 21. With over 25 athletes from South Huntington competing, the games brought hope and tears of joy to our young athletes.

The Games offer physically challenged youth the opportunity to participate in competitive sports and recreational activities adapted to best suit their unique abilities. They enable youth to learn and develop skills required for a successful experience in sports competition and fitness and familiarize the general public with the abilities of physically challenged individuals.

Competitive Events include: Track Events (Ambulatory, Wheelchair and Power Wheelchair), Field Events adapted for all Physical Challenges, Swimming, Archery, Table Tennis, and Slalom (Courses are set up to accommodate Ambulatory, Wheelchair and Blind/Visually Impaired athletes).

Each Athlete competes against other athletes of the same age group, same sex and same classification. Athletes compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals, as well as fourth, fifth and sixth place ribbons. All others receive a “Personal Best” ribbon for their accomplishments. 

Congratulations to our South Huntington athletes who brought home 24 Gold Medals, 22 Silver Medals and 13 Bronze Medals.  Competing for South Huntington were:

Oakwood: Jake Casden, Giselle Alberto, Chris Portilio-Gomes, Cassidy Saravia, Josue Gomez-Benitez, Samantha Hernandez-Bustillo and Mathew Cashman. 

Birchwood: Anthony Portillo-Gomez and Martin Stone

Maplewood: William Auborg, Amaan Awaan, Jack Cary, Jacob Dougherty, Jerehmy Glover, Jovahny Glover, Tyler Needham, Alexia Rivera, Andrew Sansevieri, Devin Sansevieri, Michael Vitoria, Brian Wagner and Juliet Berger.

Silas Wood: James Stanton, Tamia Lewis and Brian Hauser

Walt Whitman: Sophie Markell

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A special Thank You to SEPTA for their continued support and to all of the teachers, coaches and support staff that made this all possible.