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Young athletes shine despite handicap

Billy Haley, 14, of Queens, clears the bar

Billy Haley, 14, of Queens, clears the bar during the high jump contest at the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale on Saturday. (June 2, 2012) Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Roughly 1,000 participants competed in Nassau County's Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale. Among the athletes were amputees and the blind and the deaf. Events ranged from track and field and wheelchair basketball to archery.

Billy Haley, 14, of Queens, clears the bar
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Billy Haley, 14, of Queens, clears the bar during the high jump contest at the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale on Saturday. (June 2, 2012)

Loren Karabatzoglou, 13, of Islip, gets ahead in
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Loren Karabatzoglou, 13, of Islip, gets ahead in the 200-meter run at the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale on Saturday. (June 2, 2012)

Spectators watch a race during the Nassau County
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Spectators watch a race during the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale on Saturday. (June 2, 2012)

Christian Muniz, 11, of Tuckahoe, participates in the
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Christian Muniz, 11, of Tuckahoe, participates in the long jump event at the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale on Saturday. (June 2, 2012)

Volunteer Guy Gerig, left, of Deer Park helps
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Volunteer Guy Gerig, left, of Deer Park helps Xavier Lora, 13, of St. Joseph's School for the Deaf in the Bronx, compete in archery at the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale on Saturday. (June 2, 2012)

Christina Keys, right, of CP Westchester, is all
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Christina Keys, right, of CP Westchester, is all smiles as she is greeted by her physical therapist Stacy Ucci after finishing the 80-meter power chair race at the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale on Saturday. (June 2, 2012)

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