Now in its 37th year, Burke’s Wheelchair Games, which will be held on Saturday, September 24th, is a long-standing tradition that brings together athletes of all ages for a fun day of friendly competition. The spirit of inclusion is felt throughout the day, as athletes, their families and friends, spectators and volunteers come together to make the event possible.
In fact, the entire event—from start to finish—is produced entirely by volunteers, both Burke employees and members of the community. The success of the Wheelchair Games would not be achieved without their help—and yours.
Businesses and individuals choose to support the Wheelchair Games each year, and the funds raised enable us to expand our wheelchair athletic program. There are several sponsorship opportunities—which you can find here. Another way to support the games is through the silent auction, where we welcome a variety of donations. Silent auction items in the past have included tickets to sporting events or performances, health and wellness items and kids’ toys and games. If you’re interested in sponsorships or in donating an auction item, click here for more information or call Colleen Borrelli at (914) 597-2849.
Haven’t been to the Games before? The event welcomes wheelchair athletes from all over the tri-state area and beyond. Competitive categories include: 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. 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 while track event winners will be awarded after all track races have been completed.
In addition to the athletic events, the Games feature lots of fun for families too! There will be musical entertainment all day as well as the silent auction and chance raffles.
For more information please call the Wheelchair Games hotline at (914) 597-2850 or visit Burke’s Wheelchair Games page.