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Special Events

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital hosts special events throughout the year to foster community, to encourage people of all abilities to take part in sports and recreation, to welcome the public to our beautiful campus and to help raise funds for our many programs and services.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for all Burke events. Sponsors are guaranteed visibility at the event itself and in lead-up marketing, including, for instance, in press releases, through Burke’s robust social media channels and on Burke’s website. To sponsor an event, contact the Development Department at (914) 597-2847 or email giving@burke.org.

Events include:

Heels & Wheels 5K Road Race and Walk
This annual 5K event is open to all, enabling walkers, runners and wheelchair athletes to compete together in a fun race. Held in the spring, the race takes place on Burke’s campus and participants can rank in a number of different classifications, with a medal presentation at the end. For more information, including photos and past results, click here.  

Wheelchair Games
At Burke’s signature annual event, the campus is transformed into a unique forum for sportsmanship, camaraderie, and determination and 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. There are a variety of events, including table tennis, wheelchair basketball, a slalom obstacle course, javelin, shot put, discus, club throw, softball throw, and 60, 100, 400, 800 and 1,500-meter races. For more information, including photos and past results, click here.

Burke Award
The Burke Award is bestowed upon an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the field of rehabilitation, either through personal achievements, the development of research or the establishment of programs and facilities to assist individuals with disabilities. It recognizes strength and courage in overcoming the challenge of a disability or a significant contribution to the understanding of physical disability. It remains the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Directors of the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and the Burke Award Reception is the hospital’s largest fundraiser of the year. Past recipients include Christopher Reeve, New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh and George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., founding scientist and president of Regeneron Laboratories and chief scientific officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. For more information, including photos and the full list of past recipients click here.

Adaptive Sports Program
Through the Therapeutic Recreation department, Burke offers several adaptive sports and fitness programs. These activities can be played by persons with a disability, including physical and intellectual disabilities and include adaptive water skiing, climbing and skiing, as well as yoga and tai chi. In addition, Burke is home to an active handcycle program, which meets for practices on the Burke campus and takes part in competitions throughout the region. To learn more about the programs, click here.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day
Held at the end of May, the common goal for this day-long event is to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. The event consists of lectures and fitness programs for seniors and each year the activities surround a different theme. For more information, click here.

Educational Lectures
Members of Burke’s world-renowned clinical team, including physicians, nurses, therapists and staff are experts in their field and are often called upon to speak to audiences on health-related topics. These lectures are regularly held on the Burke campus, but can also be done at organizations throughout the area, including senior centers, corporate groups and more.