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MMA Joins the Liberty Games

A Mixed Bag of Mixed Feelings      When approached about having MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) as part of the Liberty Games, our first reaction was one of caution.  Our second reaction was one of caution too!  However, it has been my experience that if people do their homework (and most folks cringe at the thought […]

Nothing But Net

     Basketball was invented in December 1891 by the Canadian clergyman, educator, and physician James Naismith.  Naismith introduced the game when we was an instructor at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA)Training School (now Springfield College) in Springfield, Massachusetts.  At the request of his superior, Dr. Luther H. Gulick, he organized a vigorous recreation suitable for […]

Opening Festival Features Rising Star!

     New York isn’t just tall buildings and great hot dogs.  Fact is, most of New York is mountains, lakes, farms, forests, and small towns most folks have never heard of! And out of this lesser-known New York comes Country Music Artist Chelsea Cavanaugh. Blending engaging melodies and charming energy with lyrical content that defies […]

Judo…Thrown Into The Spotlight

Olympic Silver Medalist Leads the Way      When the thought of the Liberty Games first took shape, we were prepared (so we thought) for competitions in many sports.  Having played competitive Football, Basketball, Tennis, and Track & Field, it was believed that all of the known “staple sports” of any State Games would make this […]

The Original “Extreme” Sport

    Modern football and flag football — also called touch football — parted ways in 1905.  Until then, it was all one game, played without protective equipment and with virtually no physical restraint.  The modern game of American Football is tame compared to its early roots when in the early 1900’s President Teddy Roosevelt threatened […]

Martial Arts Opens Your Mind

   A New Concept For A New State Games      Many Events exist for athletes of specific styles of Martial Arts, but very few events bring athletes of different training backgrounds together.  Open Tournaments have been around for years, and after spending time with Master Adam Grogin (Sport’s Chair for Martial Arts), it is very easy […]

BOWLING…It Takes “PIN” Point Precision

     Bowling is a great sport that has a long and full history.  Today, bowling is one of the most popular sports in the world and is the most participated recreational sport played in the United States.  However, Bowling can be traced back as far as 3200 BC.  A crude form of the game was […]

Pedro’s Judo Challenge

Jimmy Pedro is one of Empire State Sports Council’s very latest partners.  We are heading to Wakefield, MA to attend his annual Judo Tournament.  He is planning on bringing several of his students to the 2013 Liberty Games Judo Event on July 13, 2013. Pedro’s Judo Challenge is an annual USA Judo Tournament. It offers […]

Back On Track! America’s #1 Sport for Participation

     It is unlike any other sport, even those that are also considered “Individual” Sports such as Swimming, Wrestling, or Tennis.  It is a rare occasion that you might ever see a true Shot Putter that will also compete in the 800m Run, or a 1500m Runner that will also contest the Pole Vault.  There […]

Martial Arts Opens Your Mind

A New Concept For A New State Games      Many Events exist for athletes of specific styles of Martial Arts, but very few events bring athletes of different training backgrounds together.  Open Tournaments have been around for years, and after spending time with Master Adam Grogin (Sport’s Chair for Martial Arts), it is very easy to […]

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