Empire Games a huge success
After months of preparation, the Empire State Games have come and gone, leaving members of the SUNY New Paltz community with a sense of accomplishment and relief.
"Our planning certainly paid off," said Shelly Wright, chair of the Empire State Games Committee at New Paltz and executive assistant to the president. "I saw an outpouring of helpfulness and dedication on the part of our staff members and volunteers that made me extremely proud to be a part of the SUNY New Paltz community."
According to volunteer coordinator Judy Albertson, 170 people on campus participated as volunteers during the Games, in addition to 30 community members. The entire University Police department and many Facilities Management employees worked overtime to direct traffic and provide security and help to visitors as well.
"We've received lots of praise from athletes, spectators and Empire State Games officials who believe we were one of the best-organized and friendliest campuses they've visited," said Wright.
The Games gave volunteers from offices throughout campus a forum to interact and spend time together.
"This ended up being a real teambuilding event for several campus offices who don't typically work together that often," said Wright.
Brian Williams (associate director of athletics and women's swim coach) organized many athletic venues for the games.
"It was so much fun having an event that brought the campus together," said Williams. "It was an honor to work with, and be able to get to know, so many people on campus.
"I hope that everyone would want to have the Games back soon," Williams added.
AUGUST 1, 2005
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