WSJ: Buffalo Rescues Empire Games

July 19, 2010

Buffalo 2010 Empire State Games news
The Wall Street Journal — Last fall, John Koelmel settled into his couch after work and started flipping through the paper when an article caught his eye. The Empire State Games were in trouble again.

Started in 1978, the Games are the oldest state-run, Olympic-style competition in the country, attracting as many as 30,000 aspirants each year who compete in tryouts held across the state for about 6,000 slots.

Mike Tyson, Sarah Hughes and Patrick Kane, who scored the winning goal in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals, are among the stars who once participated in the Games, living and eating with teammates in dorm rooms that evoke an Olympic Village and participating in elaborate opening ceremonies.


Buffalo News: Empire State Games organizers hit final lap

July 14, 2010

Buffalo 2010 Empire State Games news

Empire State Games Director Fred Smith was running a little late for the Western Region Team news conference Tuesday, but he had a good excuse.

Smith joked, “Sorry I’m late, but something’s coming up and I’m busy.”

Preparations for the 2010 Games are on track with a week to go before the Opening Ceremonies, but the week before the Games is the most hectic time for the staff. Read more at Buffalo