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North Jersey Navigators compete at NJDC and International Competitions Print E-mail
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The North Jersey Navigators Track & Field Team had a great performance at the 2015 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) held in New Jersey in late July 2015.  They had 11 athletes participating at the NJDC and the team netted 125 medals (85 Gold, 35 Silver, and 10 Bronze).  They set 33 new national records and once again placed first on the Large Team category.  This is the result of their hard work; dedication and commitment to the North Jersey Navigators Paralympic Sport Program. 




Three Navigators athletes were selected as members of the Junior USA Team that participated last month at the 2015 IWAS World Junior Games in the Netherlands, July 2-9.  The Navigators athletes participating at the 2015 IWAS World Junior Games collectively won 16 Medals (5 Gold, 7 Silver and 4 Bronze).   In addition, one athlete and one member of the coaching staff were selected as members of the USA Paralympic Team that will be participating next week at the 2015 ParaPan American Games in Toronto,August 5-15.  The Navigators coaching staff is extremely pleased with the way our team members continue to improve and excel in adaptive sports and we are very proud of our accomplishments competing at national and International levels.




Thank you very much for the continued support of Wheelchair Sports Federation. - Jimmy Cuevas, North Jersey Navigators Paralympic Sport Club

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 19:37
Wheelchair track athletes attend clinic in Union County Print E-mail
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UNION COUNTY — Twenty four physically disabled junior athletes from across the country, including nine from New Jersey, participated Friday in a wheelchair track clinic led by Adam Bleakney, head coach of the University of Illinois wheelchair track team.

Bleakney, who was the 2007 and 2013 Paralympic National Coach of the Year, worked the athletes through a variety of drills over the course of the two-day intensive clinic. Each drill addressed a specific element of wheelchair track: starts, rolling acceleration, top speed and handling turns. 

"We cover everything dealing with wheelchair racing and  the specific skills necessary to be successful on the track." Bleakney said. 

 The clinic held at Warinanco Park in Roselle and sponsored by the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) was free for participants.

Stephen Koziel, an 18-year-old athlete from Kearny, trains with Children's Specialized Hospital's "Children's Lightning Wheels" a junior wheelchair athletic program for individuals with a physical disability ages 5–22.  

Koziel said the clinic is an amazing opportunity for athletes looking to learn new techniques.

"These drills have given me the opportunity to start practicing race tactics." Koziel said. "Adam is one of the best coaches in the nation to learn from." he added

This September, Koziel will attend the University of Illinois and plans on majoring in psychology. He will also train with Bleakney.

These same athletes, along with more than 200 other physically disabled athletes — the top high school age juniors from across the county — will compete in the 2015 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) from July 18 to July 24. Qualifying athletes will compete in Paralympic style events such as archery, swimming, powerlifting, pentathlon track and field.

All events will be held in Union County.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 19:19
Wheelchair Softball at MLB All-Star Fan Fest in Cincinnati Print E-mail
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On Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12, 2015, representatives from Wheelchair Softball Teams sponsored by Major League Baseball Teams held some exhibition games at the Duke Energy Convention Center where the 2015 MLB FAN FEST was held.  Players from Wheelchair softball Teams sponsored by the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays played in front of the thousands of people who attended the FAN FEST on those days.  For more infor mation about Wheelchair Softball go to http://www.wheelchairsoftball.org/

ADA 25th Anniversary Wheelchair Softball Game (NJ) Print E-mail
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Members of the Wheelchair Sports Federation squared off in a softball match with players from the Morris County Park Police and staff members from DAWN Center for Independent Living, during a recent game held at a Family Fun Day to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event was held in June at Central park of Morris County in Morris Plains, which offers the community an all-access playground and fully accessible ball field. DAWNcil is a nonprofit agency headquartered in Denville NJ that assists individuals with disabilities living in Morris, Warren and Sussex counties. The event offered entertainment, refreshments and a variety of other family friendly activities throughout the day.  For more information about DAWNcil go to dawncil.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 03:23
Americans with Disabilities Act - 25th Anniversary in NYC Print E-mail
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On July 26, 2015 the United States of America will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This act has provided equal access for the over 800,000 people with disabilities living in NYC and the millions around our country. Our Administration holds the values of the ADA very close and continues to fight the inequalities that exist in our city.


During the entire month of July the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) will be celebrating the ADA with many events throughout the city, which include but are not limited to:

-        July 1st- A Museum exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society- “Disability Rights in New York City- The Moments that Define the Movement”

-        July 12th – The Inaugural Disability Pride Parade that will march from Madison Square Park to Union Square Park- The Grand Marshall will be the Architect of the ADA- Senator Tom Harkin

-        CUNY Lectures Series throughout the Five Boroughs that will touch on Disability and Employment, Disability and Civic Engagement, Disability and Women’s Health and more…

-        Disability Films and Adaptive Sports & Recreation Clinics at NYC Parks

-        DOT Transportation EXPO

-        Our Annual ADA Awards with Mayor de Blasio

-        And MUCH MORE!

-        Check out our video- ADA25NYC


Most agencies and non-profits are involved in the planning and implementation of these events and I thank you for all your assistance! For those that want to do more or are not involved please:

-        Plan and submit an ADA specific event here

-        MARCH WITH US and show your agencies Disability Pride- sign up here  

-        Follow us on Facebook and Twitter- @NYCDisabilities #ADA25NYC

-        Check out our ADA25NYC website

-        Post our ADA25NYC logo on your website- See attached

-        Invite us to any disability specific event or ribbon cutting that includes ADA

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