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Tennis is for Everyone - Awareness and Fundraiser in NJ Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
 
The inaugural Tennis is for Everyone awareness event was held on Saturday October 6, 2018 from 11 am to 1 pm in Oakland NJ.  Event organizer, Andrew Swanson and his family, spearheaded the event with local wheelchair tennis players doing an exhibition and having able-body players try out the Adaptive Sport of Wheelchair Tennis.
 
 
 
In attendance were volunteers from the Indian Trail Club, Bevinn Romaine, President and Tennis Directors Laurent Lafontant and Lucy Moure.  A great speech was also given by Jim Stroker, a motivational speaker who is a retired basketball coach and father of the first wheelchair actress on Broadway (Ali Stroker).
 
 
 
Thanks to all who came out to NJ and to Andrew Swanson and his family for their hard work and support of Wheelchair Tennis. 


 
18th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament (NY) Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

The 18th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament took place at Bald Head Field in Brookhaven NY on Saturday September 22nd 2018.  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 a round robin bracket, the New York Yankees beat the New England Rolling Red Sox - 4 to 3 to win the 18th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament.

 

On behalf of the players, coaches and Wheelchair Sports Federation, we'd like to thank the NYC Parks Department, All-American Deli, Bussani Mobility, NY Mets, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Major League Baseball, the Town of Brookhaven, especially Tom Brasuell and Curtis Pride for their continued support from MLB.  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

 

2018 Final Results:

1st Place – New York Yankees

2nd Place – New England Rolling Red Sox

3rd Place - New York Mets

 

We look forward to being back at Citi Field in September 2019.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2018 17:46
 
Hofstra University Women's Wheelchair Softball Game Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

 

The Women's Softball Team from Hofstra University came to the Bald Head Field in Brookhaven NY to learn about the Adaptive Sport of Wheelchair Softball and play a game against the local team on Sunday September 23, 2018.  A great day and good fun was had by all. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2018 17:50
 
NY Yankees Wheelchair Softball Team On-Field in the Bronx NY Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

 

11 Members of the Wheelchair Sports Federation Yankees Wheelchair Softball Team were honored by the NY Yankees on Tuesday August 14, 2018 before their game.  Just like the professionals, the WSF Yankees Wheelchair Softball Team were individually introduced to the crowd before thousands of cheering fans.  As always, we would like to thank the NY Yankees for their outstanding support over the years and we look forward to this event each year.

 

 
Summer Streets in NYC Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

 

The New York City Department of Transportation held its 11th Annual Summer Streets in New York City on Saturdays August 4th, 11th and 18th from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. running along Park Avenue, Lafayette and Centre Streets from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge. DOT once again hosted an expanded roster of fun and free activities along the route. “In its eleventh summer, Summer Streets will once again offer miles of fun, family-friendly and free activities, all in space that is blissfully free of cars and traffic,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “This year’s Summer Streets activations will allow New Yorkers to see their streets in new and exciting ways. We encourage everyone to get out this year – and enjoy what has become over the last decade one of the great traditions of a New York summer.” Since 2008, the New York City Department of Transportation has presented Summer Streets along nearly seven miles of streets made accessible to the public for outdoor recreation – walking, running, cycling and playing, in addition to many free activities for all ages. Last year, 300,000 people attended Summer Streets, walking or biking along the event’s open, car-free streets.

 

Wheelchair Sports Federation hosted Wheelchair Basketball exhibitions each Saturday and was even visited by former NY Knick John Starks.

 

 
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