East Meadow resident Y.H. Park on Tuesday donated the $4,000 proceeds from an October athletic and Korean cultural event to a program that supports autistic and other special needs athletes.
Park, a former U.S. taekwondo Olympic coach and the undefeated Korean national taekwondo champion from 1971-75, partnered with Nassau County for the New York Open Taekwondo championship/Korean Cultural Festival two months ago at Chaminade High School in Mineola.
“Y.H. Park understands that charity begins at home, and I ... hope others follow this incredible example of giving,” said County Executive Edward Mangano, who announced the donation outside his office in Mineola.
Park said, “It is with honor and distinction that the New York Open Taekwondo Championship/Korean Cultural Festival donates these funds.”
The money was given to Family Residences and Essential Enterprises of Bethpage, whose athletic program sends between 150 and 200 special needs athletes to the annual Special Olympics in New York
Above: The New York Taekwondo Championship/Korean Cultural Festival was held at Chaminade High School Athletic Center in Mineola in October.