If you’ve never been to Burke’s annual Wheelchair Games, make this the year you do. Now in its 37th year, the Wheelchair Games is a day-long event where the entire campus is transformed into an arena for sportsmanship and camaraderie.
Held this year on September 24, the Games welcomes wheelchair athletes from all over the tri-state area and beyond. 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.
There are a variety of events, including table tennis, a slalom obstacle course, club throw, softball throw, and 60, 100, 400, 800 and 1,500-meter races. This year, we’ve added the precision toss and high toss field events. These events are open to the following classes: F31, F32, and F51. We encourage athletes to sign up for these events (including the bean bag toss) rather than the traditional shot put, discus and javelin.
The field, table tennis, and slalom (obstacle) course begin at 9:30 a.m., while the 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.
Entries received by September 2 are entitled to a $5 discount on the regular registration fee of $25. Your registration fee includes an event t-shirt, lunch and a goodie bag.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (732) 266-2634.
Interested in volunteering? 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.