Another effort has failed to restart the state’s once-popular summer Empire State Games for amateur athletes.
The Empire State Sports Foundation, which was created last year to revive the Olympic-style sports event for state residents, announced a lack of funding prevents the return of the summer Empire State Games in Rochester this July.
Vincent Hope, the Foundation’s president, said there is a plan to hold the games in and around the Rochester area on yet-to-be-determined dates in 2014.
“This was a mutual decision that was made,” Hope said. “The volunteer core that is responsible — nothing is possible without the volunteers — are 100 percent behind the decision to defer.”
Organizers said they need more than $1 million from corporate partners and donations to run their version of the summer games.
“I’m very confident in the conversations we have with key corporations,” Hope said.
The games were scheduled to take place from July 24-28 on the campuses of The College at Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, Monroe Community College and Roberts Wesleyan College.