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Empire State Games organizers unveil new poster, sponsors

Local organizers of the 2008 summer Empire State Games gathered at the University last week to unveil a new poster promoting the event as well as to name the games’ major sponsors.

The games will begin with a July 23 opening ceremony and continue through July 27. The University will play host to more than half the sporting events. Some 6,000 athletes representing six regions from across the state will compete in 28 Olympic-style sports in scholastic, open or masters divisions.

A campus organizing committee is involved in preparations for the event and will coordinate the efforts of hundreds of volunteers from across the University.

“The University is proud to be a key partner in hosting the Empire State Games again,” said President Lois B. DeFleur, noting that this is the third time in eight years that the campus has welcomed the event to campus.

The office of state Sen. Thomas W. Libous is the event’s premier sponsor. Gold sponsors include Giant Markets; the Greater Binghamton Convention and Visitors Bureau; Hinman, Howard & Kattell; NBT Bank; Security Mutual; Sodexho; Time Warner Cable and Visions Federal Credit Union. Dick’s Sporting Goods and Stantec are bronze sponsors.

The poster, designed by David Skyrca, art director in the Publications Department, appears above. It features the games’ signature torch.

About 5,000 athletes are expected to stay on campus during the games, which will attract some 10,000 coaches, supporters and friends to Greater Binghamton. In 2004, the games generated an economic impact of more than $10 million.

“This is an exciting time for our community,” said Jeff Lake, regional president for NBT Bank and chair of the local organizing committee.

Fred Smith, director of the Empire State Games, said organizers are happy to be back in Binghamton.

“This is an excellent place to host the games,” Smith said. “Binghamton has been a wonderful host to the games.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08