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Save the Date

The 2017 Wheelchair Games will be held on Saturday, September 23. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Colleen Borrelli at cborrelli@burke.org or (914) 597-2849

Wheelchair Games

For more than three decades wheelchair athletes of all ages from the tri-state area and beyond have headed to Burke Rehabilitation Hospital to participate in the annual Wheelchair Games.

The 38th annual Wheelchair Games will be held on September 23, 2017. 

That day, Burke’s campus is transformed into a unique forum for sportsmanship, camaraderie, and determination. The sporting event allows disabled persons to show their ability in a variety of track, field and table tennis events. Sports are known for their therapeutic benefits and the Wheelchair Games help athletes build strength, coordination, endurance and self-confidence, allowing those with physical impairments the ability to stay active and to enjoy the competition.

The Wheelchair Games competitive categories include a Futures Division (six and under), a separate Junior Division, Adult and separate Masters levels at age 35 and older, age 50 and older, and the senior Masters division at age 60 and over. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. there will be field, table tennis, a slalom (obstacle) course. Track events start at 1:30 p.m.

Morning event winners will be awarded during lunchtime, track event winners will be awarded after all track races have been completed.

In addition to the athlete events, the Games feature lots of fun for families too!  There will be musical entertainment all day as well as silent auctions and chance raffles.

Please call (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 at (732) 266-2634.

Wheelchair Games Results
  • Outstanding Novice Male
    Aiden Nunes
  • Outstanding Novice Female
    Ava McEntire
  • Outstanding Junior Male
    Trent Clayton
  • Outstanding Junior Female
    Stephanie Marque
  • Outstanding Adult Male
    Ramon Rivera
  • Outstanding Adult Female
    Caitlin Goerlich
  • Outstanding Master Male
    Roger Mutter
  • Outstanding Master Female
    Catherine Evins 
  • Outstanding Field Male
    DeBrandston Davidson
  • Outstanding Field Female
    Stephanie Marquez
  • Best Slalom Male
    Anthony Felix 
  • Best Slalom Female
    Catherine Evins

The 2016 Maureen Ryan-Carr Award, given in memory of the late Burke senior administrator Maureen Ryan-Carr and presented to the athlete who best represented the Games’ spirit, was bestowed upon Nicholas Daponte. The John Lombardi Sportsmanship Award, given in memory of the late wheelchair athlete John Lombardi and presented to the athlete who showed the most determination, was awarded to Joel Tapia.

Burke is grateful for all the athletes who took part in the Games, as well as our many supporters who made the event a great success. We also would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity: PepsiCo, Enable, The Bristal Assisted Living, Sodexo, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s of Westchester, Xerox Business Solutions, R. Argento & Sons, Inc, Vitolite Electric Sales Co, Inc., Arthur Gallagher & CO, Bioness, Eagle Capital Mgmt, Keating Electric & Technology.

  • John Lombardi Sportsmanship Award
    Hillary Barber
  • Maureen Ryan-Carr Award
    Joseph Johnston
  • Outstanding Novice Male
    Ekow Opuko Dakwa
  • Outstanding Novice Female
    Anastasia Nelson
  • Outstanding Junior Male
    Martin Reyna
  • Outstanding Junior Female
    Sarah Maher
  • Outstanding Adult Male
    Paul Tudisco
  • Outstanding Adult Female
    Markia Carter
  • Outstanding Master Male
    Ramon Rivera
  • Outstanding Master Female
    Gloria Murray 
  • Outstanding Senior Male
    William Braun
  • Outstanding Senior Female
    Jerry Braun 
  • Outstanding Field Male
    Roger Mutter
  • Outstanding Field Female
    Maggie Fusco
  • Best Slalom Male
    Richard Dunn
  • Best Slalom Female
    Jerry Braun 
  • Outstanding Tennis Male
    Kiko Mina
  • Outstanding Tennis Female
    Catlin Goerlich
  • John Lombardi Memorial Award
    Isaac Sullivan
  • Outstanding Male, Field
    Ernest Williams
  • Outstanding Female, Slalom
    Outstanding Junior Female

    Kari Craddock
  • Outstanding Female, Field
    Jacqueline Abramson
  • Outstanding Grand Master
    Outstanding Male, Slalom

    Mario Ojeda
  • Outstanding Novice Male
    Nicholas DaPonte
  • Outstanding Junior Male
    Martin Reyna
  • John Lombardi Memorial Award
    Matt Tomaino
  • Maureen Ryan Carr Spirit Award
    Dana Parrott
  • Best Novice (Male)
    Christian Santos
  • Best Novice (Female)
    Dana Parrott
  • Best Junior (Male)
    Isaac Sullivan
  • Best Junior (Female)
    Stephanie Marquez
  • Best Adult (Male)
    Paul Tudisco
  • Best Adult (Female)
    Shaleena Tomassini
  • Best Master (Female)
    Vernita Paige
  • Best Senior Master (Male)
    Joseph Dowling
  • Best Field Athlete
    Stephanie Marquez
  • Best Table Tennis Athlete (Female)
    Caitlin Goerlich
  • Best Slalom Athlete (Male)
    Brian Cox
  • Best Slalom Athlete (Female)
    Vernita Paige
  • John Lombardi Memorial Award
    Anthony Felix, Bronx, NY
  • Maureen Ryan Carr Award
    Maggie Fusco, Plantsville, CT
  • Best Novice (Male)
    Daniel Rosenfeld, Great Neck, NY
  • Best Novice (Female)
    Karissa Craddock, Trumbull, CT
  • Best Junior (Male)
    Isaac Sullivan, Forked River, NJ
  • Best Junior (Female)
    Stephanie Marquez, New Britain, CT
  • Best Adult (Male)
    Mandeep Singh, New York, NY
  • Best Adult (Female)
    Shaleena Tomassini, Peapack, NY
  • Best Master (Male)
    Joe Deweever, Beacon, NY
  • Best Master (Female)
    Vernita Paige, New York, NY
  • Best Senior Master (Male)
    Joseph Dowling, Old Greenwich, CT
  • Best Senior Master (Female)
    Catherine Elvins, Mt. Kisco, NY
  • Best Field Athlete
    Joe Deweever
  • Best Table Tennis Athlete (Male)
    Stephan Bozydaj, Highland, NY
  • Best Table Tennis Athlete (Female)
    Caitlin Goerlich, Union, NJ
  • Best Slalom Athlete (Male)
    Anthony Felix
  • Best Slalom Athlete (Female)
    Helen Newman, North Granby, CT
  • John Lombardi Sportsmanship Award
    Michael John Harnett
  • Maureen Ryan-Carr Award
    Kari Craddock
  • Outstanding Novice Male
    Tyquan Wright
  • Outstanding Novice Female
    Lizzatte Rosario
  • Outstanding Junior Male
    Linas Pagano
  • Outstanding Junior Female
    Leighton Heisey
  • Outstanding Adult Male
    Daniel Huang
  • Outstanding Adult Female
    Theresa Feighery
  • Outstanding Master Male
    Penton Johnson
  • Outstanding Master Female
    Lourdes Flores
  • Outstanding Grand Master Male
    Bill Braun
  • Outstanding Grand Master Female
    Jerry Braun
  • Outstanding Male in Slalom
    Pedro Garcia
  • Outstanding Female in Slalom
    Stephanie Marquez
  • Outstanding Male in Table Tennis
    Byran Hsio
  • Outstanding Female in Table Tennis
    Kara Maloney
  • Outstanding Male in Field
    Griffen Kingkiner
  • Outstanding Female in Field
    Leighton Heisey

Save the Date!

The 2017 Wheelchair Games will be held on September 23, 2017. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Colleen Borrelli at cborrelli@burke.org or (914) 597-2849. 

Wheelchair Games Photo Gallery

Wheelchair Games Results - By Year

Photo Gallery

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.

Download the volunteer registration form