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by NYC Editor, 08/26/2009

 
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NYC & COMPANY CHALLENGES NEW YORKERS TO GET PHYSICAL AND “GO LOCAL” THIS WEEKEND BY HIGHLIGHTING UNEXPLORED SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE CITY

—Last Weekend in August Showcases NYC’s World of Sports—

New York City (August 26, 2009)—NYC & Company, New York City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today challenged residents and visitors alike to get physical by highlighting some of the City’s top sporting activities in its Go Local roundup for the weekend of August 29. Designed to cater to a variety of budgets, NYC & Company's Go Local initiative identifies free and low-cost happenings across the five boroughs, encouraging locals to explore their city, discover what's in their own backyard and—this weekend—sample some new sports. This summer, more than 1,500 free activities and events are being offered all around the City.

“New York City includes an assortment of landscapes throughout the five boroughs,” said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta. “From the waterfronts to the parks, from the beaches to the skyscrapers, NYC provides various ways for residents and visitors alike to get moving. The numerous athletic attractions and sporting leagues in the City are a testament to how easily accessible exercise is, as well as the importance of health to New Yorkers.”

This week’s Go Local highlights include:

Water Polo Team New York Aquatics' co-ed water polo team welcomes people of every sexual orientation and skill level. Its membership of gay, lesbian, and gay-friendly players meet for regular practices and scrimmages. Monthly passes for the weekly Sunday practice cost $25, while drop-ins pay just $10. (tnya.org).

Table Tennis The New York Table Tennis Federation welcomes novices and pros, children and adults, every Saturday and Sunday morning for group workshops designed to sharpen hand-eye coordination skills. The two-hour coach-led sessions are held at the American Asian Cultural Center of Tribeca; they cost $35. (nyttf.com).

Rock Climbing Brooklyn Boulders, which recently opened an 18,000-square-foot space near the Gowanus Canal, offers indoor rock climbing and bouldering. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Day passes range from $16 to $20 for kids and adults; equipment rental is $9 (brooklynboulders.com).

For more information on the listed events as well as additional sporting activities visit nycgo.com/golocal.

About NYC & Company NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide.

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For more information please contact Kimberly Spell/ Francisca Ovalle