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Sponsors announced for summer games

By : Sarah Lifshin

From left, NYSEG Manager of Community Outreach and Development Alan Hertel, State Sen. Tom Libous and Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur unveil the new logo for the 2004 Empire State Games, which will be held on campus from July 28-August 1.
State Sen. Thomas Libous was recognized as the premier sponsor for the 2004 Empire State Games after securing a $100,000 grant to fund them. The games are set to return to Binghamton University this summer, and expected to attract 6,000 athletes and up to 10,000 spectators.

BSB Bank & Trust, Binghamton Giant Markets, New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and Crowley Foods LLC have signed on as gold medal sponsors of the event, which will take place from July 28-August 1 and is expected to have a $10 million economic impact on the local economy.

Sponsors were announced last Friday during a news conference at the Events Center, where local Empire State Games’ organizers also unveiled the games’ new logo.

“Without the sponsors we would not be here today,” Libous said. “The Empire State Games thought that we did such a great job last time that they said ‘let’s come back to Binghamton and upstate New York again.’ Organizers had a great respect for you and everyone who donated their time last time.”

More than half the games will be conducted on the Binghamton campus, and all athletes will be housed in University residence halls. Sodexho will handle dietary needs. The Events Center and new Mountainview College will also be used. Volunteers will also again play an important role in the days leading up to and during the event.

“We are so proud to again be hosting the Empire State Games,” said Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur. “We have an outstanding team working on this, and we are looking forward to many thousands of visitors on this campus. We are going to host a number of activities in our wonderful Events Center, and we couldn’t have a better location to showcase.”

Efforts will begin this month to attract volunteers to help with different tasks from registering athletes and compiling results to parking and assisting with transportation. Information on volunteering will be distributed in late February.

“Our intention is to host the most successful games in the history of this great event,” said James W. Orband, chairman of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. “Binghamton is going to be a showcase for economic development. We’re going to have a great opportunity to promote Greater Binghamton.”

Governor George E. Pataki last spring announced the selection of Binghamton as host for the 27th celebration of the games, one of the largest amateur state-sponsored athletic programs in the nation. BU is hosting the five-day event in conjunction with the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. In addition, facilities at Broome County Community College and Binghamton and Union-Endicott high schools will be used.

Athletes will represent six regions from across the state, participating in 28 Olympic-style sports. Events are men’s and women’s basketball, rugby, tennis, boxing, volleyball, softball, baseball, ice hockey, diving, fencing, golf, swimming, synchronized swimming, weightlifting, gymnastics, track and field, soccer, sailing, cycling, canoe/kayak, lacrosse, judo, archery, wrestling, bowling, field hockey, rowing and shooting.

For updates on the Empire State Games visit the website.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08