Hawks Represent at 2005 Empire State Games

Release Date:
August 3, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

July 31, 2005

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Hilbert College junior men’s basketball player Glen Ufland and Hawks head men’s basketball coach Rob deGrandpre earned “Gold” medals at this summer’s 2005 Empire State Games held at Marist College.

Representing the Western Region in the Open Division, Ufland saw action in three out of four contests competing against some of the best amateurs from across New York State’s six regions. For deGrandpre, it was his first Gold medal after coming up short the last six summers on the sidelines. The Western team went a perfect 4-0 at the games with Sunday’s 73-72 overtime thriller against the Hudson Valley team being the deciding factor in earning the gold.

“I’m happy for our guys, especially for Glen, to have this opportunity and to have achieved such success”, said deGrandpre.

A multi-sport event for amateur athletes, the Empire State Games is the largest competition of its kind in the nation and is patterned after the Olympic program. Athletes must be residents of the State of New York and qualify through regional trials in each of six regions. This year some 6,000 participated in final competition throughout the Hudson Valley area.

The Games' alumni include world champions, Olympic gold medalists, college and high school All-Americans, professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL - as well as figure skaters, skiers, soccer players and many more. But for every Olympic Dream Team member (there have been two) there are thousands of athletes for whom the Empire State Games may be the pinnacle of their athletic career. And that is what makes these Games so special.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.