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Goodbye to our Friend Re Marks Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


Ruth Eleanor "Re" Marks

Our friend and one of the Wheelchair Sports Federation's greatest volunteers passed away on February 14, 2016.  Re Marks of Springfield, NJ and Roscoe, NY passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family after complications from a heart condition. She was 68 years old. Re was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Roscoe with her family in 1949. In 1965, she graduated from Roscoe Central School. Re received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from Pershing College in Beatrice, NE before obtaining her masters in Health Education from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She began her career as a physical education teacher at Roscoe Central School in 1969. In 1974 she left teaching to take over her father's trucking company in New Jersey. She successfully owned and operated Marks Trucking Inc. until 1992, when she sold it to Pigtainer Inc. a sister trucking company. Pigtainer then hired Re as a dispatcher and office manager where she worked until her death. She was loved and respected by all who came in contact with her. In 1982 she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Jillian was born with Spina bifida and as a result became deaf and in a wheelchair for the remainder of her life. This unexpected challenge lead Re into a life of dedicated service to the New Jersey Wheelchair Sports League. She coached, officiated and ran several track, swimming and basketball teams for 18 years. When Jillian aged out of the program at 21, Re went on to coach a junior Nets co-ed Wheelchair Basketball team and then developed and coached an all girls Liberty Wheelchair Basketball team. After her retirement from coaching, she volunteered and officiated for the New Jersey Wheelchair Basketball League. Even though coaching and working with children was in her blood, her favorite pastime was spending time with her daughter, family and friends. She is survived by her daughter Jillian Eleanor Marks of Springfield, NJ and her partner Tina Squires; a nephew Michael Allen of Callicoon, NY, his wife Kori and their children Caden and Taylor; nieces Laurie Allen-Kuehn of Roscoe, her husband Perry and their daughter Elizabeth, Amy Marks of Wilmington, DE, Michelle Griffth of Cochranville, Pa, her husband John and their children Kira and JD; Merrily Lynch of Cochecton, NY her husband Phillip and their children Stephanie and Tommy; sister-in-law Sue Marks of Chester, PA, and Patty Hendrix of Virginia Beach, VA.. She was predeceased by her beloved sister Julie Allen; brother-in-law Don Allen; her brother Steve Marks; and her parents Marty and Eleanor Marks.  

As a lasting reminder of her love of Jillian and Wheelchair Basketball, a picture of them from a Liberty Wheelchair Basketball game is on her headstone.  She will be greatly missed! 

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 March 2016 07:11
21st Annual Al Youakim Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NJ) Print E-mail
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The 21st Annual Al Youakim Wheelchair Basketball Tournament had 5 teams participating on Saturday October 31, 2015 and Sunday November 1, 2015 at the Hackensack (NJ) Middle School. They placed:

1st Place - Nassau Kings
2nd Place - Bulova Nets
3rd Place - New England Blazers
4th Place - Brooklyn Nets
5th Place - Jr Nets
Individual Awards went to the following:
Class I Al Youakim All-Star - Errol Samuels - Brooklyn Nets
Class I Al Youakim All-Star - Mark James - Bulova Nets
Class II Al Youakim All-Star - Steve Davis - New England Blazers
Class II Al Youakim All-Star - Kyle Jankowski - Jr Nets
Class III Al Youakim All-Star - Steven Yedlock - Bulova Nets
Class III Al Youakim All-Star - Edy Lopez

Mike Lione MVP Award - Christopher St. Remy - Nassau Kings

Freddy Jones Sportsmanship Award - Chad Sussman
Al Youakim Spirit Award - Sylvester "Frank" Simmons
Congratulations on another great Tournament and the Wheelchair Sports Federation would like to thank our wonderful volunteers, Re Marks, Dan Levine, Al Youakim and Chris Youakim.  We'll see you next November 2016 for the 22nd Annual.
15th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament (NY) Print E-mail
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Over 96 wheelchair tennis players participated in the 15th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park from Thursday June 4th to Sunday June 7th, 2015.  The big winner was Men's Open Singles Winner Yusuke Nishimura and Women's Open Winner Shelby Baron The list of all the winners is as follows:


Men's Open Winner: Yusuke Nishimura

Men's Open Finalist: Phillipe Bedard

Men's Open Second Draw Winner: Chris Herman

Men's Open Doubles Winners: Rafael Medieros/Carlos Santos

Men's Open Doubles Finalists: Joel Dembe/Phillipe Bedard


Men's A Winner: Jongchul Sah

Men's A Finalist: Patrick Donaghey

Men's A Doubles Winners: Patrick Donaghey/Cristobal Rivera

Men's A Doubles Finalists: Danny Heumann/David Mendoza


Men's B Winner: Owen Gill

Men's B Finalist: Ricardo Corral

Men's B Doubles Winners: Chris Lamps/Nathan Melnyk

Mens' B Doubles Finalists: Thomas Dodd/Owen Gill


Men's C Winner: Charles Smith

Men's C Finalist: Steven Riley

Men's C Doubles winners: Joe Mendez/Henry Hasson

Men's C Doubles finalists: Charles Smith/Steven Riley


Women's Open Winner: Shelby Baron

Women's Open Finalist: Yuka Chokyu

Women's Open Doubles Winners: Yuka Chokyu/Marianne Page

Women's Open Doubles Finalists: Rosalba Vasquez Ramos/Claudia Toboada


Quad Open Winner: Gary Luker

Quad Open Finalist: Julio Rueda

Quad Open Doubles Winners: Pablo Araya/Julio Rueda

Quad Open Doubles Finalists: Kevin Whalen/David Jordan

George McFadden Spirit Award - 

Al Youakim Sportsmanship Award - Kevin Whalen 


With over $12,000 in prize money awarded to the winners, all participants competed at the highest level and enjoyed playing at one of the best Tennis Facilities in the World.  For more information about Wheelchair Tennis, please visit -   http://www.usta.com/Play-Tennis/Wheelchair-Tennis/Wheelchair/?intloc=headernavsub


Last Updated on Saturday, 05 March 2016 05:47
New York Sled Rangers Skate at Madison Square Garden Print E-mail
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Members of the Wheelchair Sports Federation's New York Sled Rangers skated between periods at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, as the Blueshirts faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Rangers honored the team's disabled veterans during this demonstration, in celebration of Veterans' Day. 

The team played a quick scrimmage, with half on the Rangers Blue team, and the other half on the Rangers Camo team. The two teams faced off with end-to-end action, with longtime teammate (and Paralympian) Tony Fitzgerald leading the charge. Bryan Genovese wowed the crowd, hitting the crossbar with his shot with a resounding 'ding', while thousands cheered. 

Also highlighted were the team's veterans. The New York Sled Rangers Hockey Team is proud to have military veterans play and compete on the team. The veterans competing in the night's game were: 
- Sgt. Bryan Dilberian, U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division. During his 4 years of service, he was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Before his honorable discharge, he was the first ever triple amputee to return to active military service. 

- Sgt. Christopher Bustamante, U.S. Army 2nd Calvary Regiment. During his 5 years of service, he was injured while deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. 

- Private First Class Len Lacina, U.S. Army M1 Armor Crewman. During his 2 years of service, he was partially paralyzed due to an averse reaction to medical treatment.
Want to find out more about the New York Sled Rangers Hockey Team, to donate, or try sled hockey for yourself? Call 631-485-SLED (7533) or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information.
Check out and Like the team on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/NYRSledHockey 
Also check out the NY Rangers blog at http://rangers.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=42759 
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All photos courtesy of MSG Photo Services 
Last Updated on Friday, 13 November 2015 23:06
15th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


The 15th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament took place at the home of MLB Rolling Red Sox, VA Healthcare Center, Brockton MA on September 26th and 27th, 2015.  3 Wheelchair Softball Teams sponsored by Major League Baseball franchises competed.  The New England Rolling Red Sox, New York Mets and New York Yankees fought for the coveted "Kelly Cup", named after Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association and United Spinal Association’s' former Executive Director, Jerry Kelly.


After playing 8 games over two days, the New England Rolling Red Sox beat the New York Yankees to win the 15th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament.


On behalf of the players, coaches and Wheelchair Sports Federation, we'd like to thank the Brockton VA, NY Mets, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, MLB, and NY City Parks & Recreation for their continued support.  Without their help, we could not have a premiere Wheelchair Softball Tournament in the Northeast and one of the better events for Adaptive Sports in the United States. 

2015 Final Results:

1st Place – New England Rolling Red Sox

2nd Place – New York Yankees

3rd Place - New York Mets

2015 All-Tournament Team Awards

Pitcher - George Norton - New England Rolling Red Sox

Catcher – Mike Guildbault - New England Rolling Red Sox

1st Base – Juan Silva - New England Rolling Red Sox

2nd Base – Rodolfo Guevara – NY Yankees

3rd Base – Johnny Tejada - NY Mets

Shortstop – Damon Isles – New England Rolling Red Sox

Left Field – Andrew Bateson - New England Rolling Red Sox

Centerfield – Joe LeMar - New England Rolling Red Sox

Short Field - Bobby Krantz - NY Yankees

Right Field – Jongchul Sah - NY Mets

Best Quad - Radar –NY Yankees

Sportsmanship – Edy Lopez – NY Yankees

Best Rookie – Fas Ali – NY Yankees

Most Valuable Player – Ron Gendron


Al Youakim Volunteer & Spirit Award – Richard Leeman


Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers.


We look forward to seeing everyone next year at the 16th Annual.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 23:50
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