Hope through Rehabilitation & Research
Each year, The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital hosts its Wheelchair Games, bringing wheelchair athletes to this very special competition. Burke’s Wheelchair Games gives those with physical impairments an opportunity to stay fit, enjoy sports, and compete. Wheelchair athletes participate in separate divisions for Futures (six years of age and younger), Juniors (ages seven through 21) and Adults. The variety of events includes table tennis, a slalom obstacle course, javelin, shot put, discus, club throw, softball throw, and 60, 100, 400, 800 and 1,500-meter races.
The annual Wheelchair Games is produced entirely by volunteers, including Burke employees and people from the community. These volunteers come from civic groups, schools, religious organizations and other associations. The success of the Wheelchair Games would not be possible without the help of volunteers.
Burke is now accepting registrations for the 2013 Wheelchair Games to be held on Sept. 28, 2013.
The competitive categories include a Futures Division (six and under), a separate Junior Divisions and an Adult/Master Division. Beginning at 9 a.m. there will be field, table tennis, a slalom (obstacle) course. Track events start at 1:30 p.m.
Entries received by Sept. 1 are entitled to a $5 discount on the regular registration fee of $25. Financial assistance also is available for those who cannot afford the registration fee as Burke encourages all athletes to participate in this event, regardless of their ability to pay. The registration fee also includes an event t-shirt, lunch and a goody bag.
Please call the Wheelchair Games Hotline at (914) 597-2850 if you have any questions about the Games. If you have questions about classification and/or the athletic events, please contact Ralph Armento, meet director, at email@example.com or (732) 422-9094. We look forward to seeing you on Sept. 28.
The Heels & Wheels 5K is an early-morning road race held in conjunction with the Burke Wheelchair Games. The event allows runners and wheelchair athletes the chance to compete together in a 5K road race. For more information, call (914) 597-2578.