Special Events & Programs

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Burke Rehab's Annual Wheelchair Games

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.


Congratulations to all the athletes who participated in the 2014 Wheelchair Games! 

On Sept. 20 over 400 people gathered at Burke's White Plains Campus for the 35th Annual Wheelchair Games. The competitive categories for the games included a Futures Division (six and under), a separate Junior Divisions and an Adult/Master Division. The morning events included field, table tennis, a slalom (obstacle) course. Track events began in the afternoon.

Click through the slideshow for photos from the event! 

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 ralph461@msn.com or (732) 422-9094. We look forward to seeing you at our 2015 games.


Become a Wheelchair Games Volunteer

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. 

All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and lunch. Children volunteers must be 12 years old or older.

For more information please call the Wheelchair Games hotline at (914) 597-2850.