Mangano Teams Up With Former U.S. Olympic Coach For 2012 New York Open Taekwondo Championship

Admission Fees to Benefit LI’s Largest Children’s Mental Health Agency

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the County is teaming up with Y.H. Park Olympic Taekwondo for the 2012 New York Open Taekwondo Championship/Korean Cultural Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Chaminade High School, located in Mineola. County Executive Mangano will declare the day of the Championship “Taekwondo Day” in Nassau County.

“Nassau County has many talented athletes,” said County Executive Mangano. “I am very proud of these young competitors as they represent the wonderful athletic programs Nassau County offers. This Championship is a great opportunity to showcase athletic abilities while raising funds for at-risk children and families.”

Taekwondo, a Korean Martial Art, enjoys popularity throughout the world and holds the unique position as a Martial Art, Korean cultural export, and World Olympic Sport.

The tournament will consist of competitive sparring, board breaking, and forms 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 Mexico. The day will also feature seminars both before and after the festival, Korean-style food, and Korean cultural performances.

County Executive Mangano and YH Park also announced that proceeds from the event’s admissions will be donated to the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, the pre-eminent not-for-profit children’s mental health agency on Long Island.Dedicated to restoring and strengthening the emotional well-being of children and families, the Guidance Center leads the way in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, training, parent education, research and advocacy.

Sponsored in part by Nassau County, the event is recognized by the World TaeKwonDo Federation and sanctioned by the U.S. TaeKwonDo Leaders Union. Other sponsors include the Korean Cultural Service of New York; AT Center New York; Flushing Bank; Dynamics World; the Korean Cuisine Globalization Initiative; and Briarcliffe College.