Victory Challenge 2019

Events such as this are a great way to familiarize the general public with the abilities of physically challenged individuals.
Events such as this are a great way to familiarize the general public with the abilities of physically challenged individuals.
Sports achievements emphasize the abilities of athletes and help them develop confidence and self esteem.
Sports achievements emphasize the abilities of athletes and help them develop confidence and self esteem.
The smiles on our athletes’ and volunteers’ faces were the best prizes of all.
The smiles on our athletes’ and volunteers’ faces were the best prizes of all.
Athletes from our district were excited to receive support from their favorite mascots.
Athletes from our district were excited to receive support from their favorite mascots.
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.)
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.)
Students and volunteers had a great experience competing and cheering for one another as a team.
Students and volunteers had a great experience competing and cheering for one another as a team.

This year’s 35th Empire State Games Victory Challenge was a huge win for the students, faculty, and volunteers who partook in the event. The games offer physically challenged youth the opportunity to participate in competitive sports and recreational activities adapted to best suit their unique abilities, while enabling them to learn and develop skills required for successful experiences in sports competition and fitness. Forty-five students from the South Huntington School District came out to compete against over 1,200 other athletes from over thirty school districts from New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk County. Our students took home a total of 55 gold medals, 16 silver medals, and 16 bronze medals.

Rory Sherman, Physical Education teacher at Walt Whitman High School, said “It was a very fun day and the best part was seeing the kids smiling and having fun.” A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Musgnug, Mr. Anderson from Walt Whitman High School, Mrs. Daneillo from Stimson, Mr. Winters from Maplewood and all the Physical Education teachers, as well as Maureen Riley and Donna Grennan in the Athletic office. A big thank you goes out to Sheila Buhse in Nutrition services and the High School kitchen staff for prepping over 70 lunches. The success of this event is owed to all of the great volunteers and paras who helped to make this day possible and full of fun for all who participated.

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