Pictured (left to right) are: John Ha, Leader of the Korean Society of Long Island; Master Edward Park, Organizing Chair of the Committee; County Executive Mangano; former United States Olympic Coach and current Korean American Businessman Yeon Hwan Park; and Paul Ho, Flushing Bank.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined with former United States Olympic Coach and current Korean American Businessman Yeon Hwan Park at a press conference today to announce that the 2013 New York Open TaeKwonDo Championships/Korean Cultural Festival will be held Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., at Cantiague Park Ice Rink on West John Street in Hicksville with proceeds of the event benefitting the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund (NHRF).
“I am so grateful to Y.H. Park for his generous offer to provide proceeds of the 2013 New York Open TaeKwonDo Championships/Korean Cultural Festival event to Nassau’s Hurricane Recovery Fund,” said County Executive Mangano. “Thanks to local business leaders like Y.H. Park, the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund has been able to provide support to those who have been unable to overcome the financial hurdles associated with the storm and the recovery.”
The NHRF was created by County Executive Edward P. Mangano in November 2012 to collect and organize donations and distribute them to victims of Sandy. So far the NHRF has helped over 120 Nassau County families that were victims of Hurricane Sandy. Priority has been given to those applicants who are not entitled to reimbursement from FEMA, do not have homeowners or flood insurance and are not receiving assistance from other government relief programs. People can continue to donate online at www.nassaurecovery.com.
The 2013 New York Open TaeKwonDo Championships/Korean Cultural Festival will consist of competitive sparring, board breaking, individual and pair forms, competitive weapons, as well as a Team Demo Competition. Highlighting this year’s event will be a special showcase between the national level team from New York facing off against international rival Team Canada.
This exciting sports and cultural event will also feature seminars prior to and during the festival, Korean style food, and Korean Cultural Performances. This event is recognized by the World TaeKwonDo Federation and sanctioned by the US TaekwonDo Leaders Union.
In addition to being supported by Nassau County, the event is sponsored by Flushing Bank, FSB, The Korean Cultural Service of NY, Dynamics World, The Korean Cuisine Globalization Initiative and The United States Taekwondo Education Foundation.