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JCC special games most successful

Taken at this year’s Special Games (Courtesy JCCOTP)
Taken at this year’s Special Games (Courtesy JCCOTP)

Nearly 125 athletes with disabilities, ranging in age from 4 to 70, were joined by about 75 volunteers to participate in the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades’ annual Special Games. That’s an inclusive field day event hosted by the Chuck Guttenberg Center for the Physically Challenged at the Tenafly JCC.

The games were held outdoors on the JCC’s grounds. Children, teen, and adult athletes engaged in 16 events, including wiffle ball, soccer kick, golf putt, basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse throw. Wearing their Special Games tee shirts, athletes interacted with their peers, volunteers, and family in a fun, supportive environment and they received ribbons for each event. Entertainment was by DJ Randi Rae and a kosher barbecue rounded out the day. The day raised more funds than ever to support JCC programs for people with special needs.

“Special Games is a totally volunteer run event that celebrates community service at its best, and showcases what the concept of inclusion is all about,” Shelley Levy, the director of the JCC Guttenberg Center for Special Services, said. “Many of the athletes return every year, and it is the spirit of inclusion we foster that brings everyone together. It is a memorable day for everyone, and we thank our amazing volunteers and generous community sponsors who help us make this day a success year after year.”

Special Games is held by the JCC Guttenberg Center for Special Services and is supported through the Chuck Guttenberg Center for the Physically Challenged, established by Adele and Bill Guttenberg in loving memory of their son, Chuck. The Center provides social, recreational, cultural, and educational experiences in natural community settings, with appropriate supports, for children, teens, and adults who are differently abled. For more information, call Shelley Levy at (201) 408-1489 or email slevy@jccotp.org.

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