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Wheelchair Games Volunteer Sign-Up and 5K Pre-Registration Deadlines Approaching

Published September 4, 2013

Each year, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital hosts its Wheelchair Games, bringing wheelchair athletes to this very special competition. Burke‚Äôs 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.

Burke is still 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 events, table tennis and 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 ralph461@msn.com or (732) 422-9094. We look forward to seeing you on Sept. 28.

Download the Registration Form

Along with the Wheelchair Games, the 2013 Heels & Wheels 5K Road Race and Walk also will be held on Sept. 28, right after the start of the Games. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m. The race will begin and end at the Burke campus.

There is a $25 fee for participants 16 years and older who pre-register and $30 after the pre-registration deadline of Friday, Sept. 13. Children ages 6 - 15 years old have a fee of $10 when paid in advance and $15 after the pre-registration deadline; and children under 5 years old are free. The fee includes an event t-shirt, numbered bib and timing device.The event is free for spectators and community members are encouraged to attend and support the participants.

To pre-register, please download and complete the registration form and send it to:

Heather Massimo
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital 
785 Mamaroneck Avenue, Building 4, Fitness Center
White Plains, NY 10605

For questions on the registration form or event, please contact Heather Massimo at (914) 597-2578 or hmassimo@burke.org.

Be a Wheelchair Games or Heels & Wheels Volunteer
The annual Wheelchair Games and the 5K Road Race and Walk are 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. 

If you would like to volunteer at either of these worthwhile events, please complete the Games volunteer registration form or the 5K volunteer registration form and return it by Friday, Sept. 6, to Sandra Alexandrou, via fax at (914) 597-2829.

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

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