Smith Administration to Offer Monthly Activities for Special Needs Children

Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the Bayonne Recreation Division, in cooperation with the Bayonne Board of Education, will sponsor monthly activities for Bayonne children with special needs. This announcement follows a meeting with thirty-three parents on October 29. Mayor Smith said, “Our goal is to provide fun recreational activity for all of our children with special needs. Parents have been asking for a program that would offer a recreational outlet for their children. We are very happy to meet that need and expand our program in the coming months.” The program will begin in November 2013, and will run through May 2014.
The following activities are on the Special Needs Sports calendar for 2013-2014: Saturday, November 9, Pillow Hockey; Saturday, December 14, Soccer; Saturday, January 11, Basketball; Saturday, January 25, Volleyball; Saturday, February 8, Track and Field; Saturday, February 22, Bocce; Saturday, March 8, Kickball; Saturday, March 29, Baseball/T-Ball; Saturday, April 12, Flag Football; Saturday, April 26, Outdoor Soccer; Saturday, May 17, Track and Field (outdoor track); and Saturday, May 31, Mini-Golf/End of Year Party. Dates and activities are subject to change.
A second cycle will be announced next year for the 2014-2015 recreational season. The City of Bayonne’s goal is to expand the program, so that there will be several events per month for special needs children.
Recreation Division Supervisor Pete Amadeo and Maureen Hurley-Brown, Assistant Principal of Woodrow Wilson School, are coordinating the program. The school system will provide the sites for the games: the gymnasium at the Korpi Ice Rink at 29th Street and Avenue A, and Lincoln Community School. Parents present at the meeting registered children from 4 to 17 years of age for the program. Other interested parents may register by calling the Recreation Division at 201-858-6127; by e-mailing bayonnerec@aol.com; or by registering on the Recreation Division website, www.bayonnerec.com The Recreation Division would like to know in advance of each game who will be participating, and what each player’s special needs are, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Bayonne Recreation staff will provide supervision in a safe and fun environment. The Recreation Division also has another special needs program, the Bayonne Ability Day Camp.

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