Join The Largest High School Sports Meet in Country

noah_lead_2The 2016 EmblemHealth Hispanic Games – the largest high school sports meet in the country – will take place at the Armory’s New Balance Track and Field Center on Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9, 2016.
This is the second year that EmblemHealth is sponsoring the Hispanic Games. The event was created in 1994 to honor Washington Heights and its Latino community. It has since expanded to include over 5,000 student athletes from around the country and features freshman, sophomore, and novice track events on Friday in addition to a complete schedule of invitational and varsity events on Saturday.

Among the many talented student-athlete participants will be T.C. Williams High School (Alexandria, Virginia) senior Noah Lyles, who was named 2015 Track and Field Athlete of the Year by the National Scholastic Athletic Foundation. Noah’s younger brother Josephus (National Champion in the 400m) is also entered in this year’s EmblemHealth Hispanic Games.

“EmblemHealth is proud to be the sponsor of this prestigious event,” said David Flemister, EmblemHealth’s Director of Brand Strategy and Community Marketing. “As one of New York’s leading health benefits and wellness companies, we know that taking part in sports and recreational activities is an important way for young people to develop a healthy, physically active lifestyle. We applaud the work of The Armory Foundation to help foster healthier communities.”

*        The opening ceremonies will begin at 1:30 pm on Saturday, with New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat in attendance as one of the honored guests. EmblemHealth’s new company mascot, Emblem the Wellness Dog, will be introduced at the event. Emblem will meet and greet the athletes and their families, and will be available for personal and team photos.

*        At 2 pm, there will be a special “Leaders of Tomorrow” recognition event honoring six high school boys and six high school girls – all student athletes – who excel in the classroom.

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“The Armory Foundation is gratified to have EmblemHealth, an organization which serves the best interest of so many New York public servants, return as a sponsor of the Hispanic Games,” says Dr. Norbert Sander, Armory Foundation president. “We are delighted that EmblemHealth shares our mission to encourage healthy competition and sportsmanship among our country’s young athletes.”

The Armory’s New Balance Track and Field Center is located at 216 Fort Washington Avenue in Manhattan. For more information about the EmblemHealth Hispanic Games, contact Rita Finkel of The Armory Foundation at 1-212-923-1803, ext 7032, or click here

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