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New York Mets And Major League Baseball Reach Out To Wheelchair Athletes Print E-mail
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Specialized Chairs Make Rounding The Bases Much Easier


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With all of the excitement surrounding the upcoming Major League Baseball All Star Game the timing was perfect for athletes from the Wheelchair Sports Federation to put their own skills on display on Sunday.

These stars can hit, field, and round the bases, and having adapted the game to their wheelchairs, nothing can slow them down.

“I’ve been playing wheelchair sports for 21-years. I lost my leg in the United States Navy,” Edy Lopez told CBS 2′s Tracee Carrasco.

Players from the federation took the field in specialized sports wheel chairs on Sunday to play an exhibition game as part of the All Star Fan Fest.

“I have spinabifida, so walking, I can still walk around but my mobility isn’t that great. Walking gets a little tiring,” Bryan Genovese said.


“It’s definitely a lot quicker, compared to my normal everyday chair,” Genovese said, “I don’t have to worry about falling over sideways if I have to make a quick turn.”Genovese and other athletes received the chairs as a donation from the New York Mets and Major League Baseball.


Competing in wheelchair athletics can be very expensive, the donated chairs give the athletes a chance to go out and play ball.

“These athletes, now will have these chairs to train, to compete,” Wheelchair Sports Federation President, John Hamre said.

The players hoped that the donation would raise more awareness for their sport, the federation supports athletes around the country.




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Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 18:40
13th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament (NY) Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


Over 70 wheelchair tennis players participated in the 13th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park from Thursday June 6th to Sunday June 9th, 2012.  The big winner was Men's Open Singles Winner Stephen Welch who continues his winning ways in New York City and Women's Open Winner Natalia Mayara. The list of all the winners is as follows:


Men's Open Winner:  Stephen Welch

Men's Open Finalist: Daniel Rodrigues

Men's Open Consolation Winner: Paul Moran

Men's Open Doubles Winners:  Rafael Medeiros and Daniel Rodrigues

Men's Open Doubles Finalists: Stephen Welch and Joel Dembe

Men's A Winner: Matthew DeVlieger

Men's A Finalist: Fernando Dibujes

Men's A Consolation Winner: William Lehr

Men's A Doubles Winners: Matthew DeVlieger and Jerry Newman

Men's A Doubles Finalists: Cristobal Rivera and Jongchul Sah

Men's B Winner:  Stu Contant

Men's B Finalist: Patrick Donaghey

Men's B Consolation Winner: Ralffy Diaz

Men's B Doubles Winners: Jerry Russell and Ralffy Diaz

Men's B Doubles Finalists: Jose Gomez and David Kelly

Men's C Winner: James Swanson

Men's C Finalist: Henry Hasson

Men's C Consolation Winner: Signe Dietrichson

Men's C Doubles Winners: Thomas Dodd and John Pelletier

Men's C Doubles Finalists: Signe Dietrichson and Nathan Melnyk

Men's Quad Open Winner:  Francois Trawalter

Men's Quad Open Finalist: Marc McLean

Men's Quad Open Consolation Winner: Julio Rueda

Men's Quad Open Doubles Winners: Francois Trawalter and Kevin Whalen

Men's Quad Open Doubles Finalists: David Jordan and Marc McLean

Women's Open Winner: Natalia Mayara

Women's Open Finalist: Rejane Candida

Women's Open Consolation Winner: Katherina Stuteville

Women's Open Doubles Winners: Karin Korb and Katherine Stuteville

Women's Open Doubles Finalists: Natalia Mayara and Rejane Candida

George McFadden Spirit Award - Leon Magnes

Al Youakim Sportsmanship Award - David Gant 


With over $10,000 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 Friday, 14 June 2013 23:38
43rd Annual Tri-State Regional Wheelchair and Ambulatory Athletes Games (NY) Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


Four NYC Department of Education students who were part of the NYC Parks/Paralympic Sport New York team that competed at the 43rd Annual Tri-State Regional Wheelchair and Ambulatory Athletes Games this past May 18-19 at Edison NJ. All four boys have qualified to attend this summer's National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) in Rochester, Minnesota.  Pictured here are #101 Ivan Alevante from Murray Bergtraum High School, #137 Kenny Richetti from Long Island City High School, # 148 Justin Walker from MS 387M and #106 Germey Brown from MS 180X.

This was the first time a team from New York City has competed in both track & field events at the Tri-State Games. The athletes all represented themselves and the City of New York very well. The next meet for the athletes is the PSAL City Championships on June 2 at Icahn Stadium, Randall's Island. Then perhaps on to the NJDC in July. There they can compete with young athletes from all over the nation.The results  from the Tri-State Games are listed below:

Ivan Alevante, Under 20 age group
Field 35 Classification
Discus Throw 6.03 meters, 1st place-Qualified for Junior Nationals
Javelin Throw 2 meters, 1st place
Shot Put 3..36 meters, 1st place
Track 35 Classification
100 meter dash 30.50 seconds, 1st place-Qualified for Junior Nationals
200 meter dash Disqualified due to lane violation

Germey Brown, Under 16 age group
Field 37 Classification
Discus Throw 13.53 meters, 1st place-Qualified for Junior Nationals
Javelin Throw 6.7 meters, 1st place-Qualified for Junior Nationals
Long Jump 1.82 meters, 1st place-Qualified for Junior Nationals
Shot Put 3.37 meters, 1st place-Qualified for Junior Nationals
Track 37 Classification
100 meter dash 17.76 seconds, 1st place-Qualified for Junior Nationals
200 meter dash Disqualified due to lane violation
400 meter run 2:12.04, 1st place

Justin Walker Under 14 age group
Field 34 Classification
Discus Throw 9.91 meters, 1st place-Qualified for Junior Nationals
Javelin Throw 5.94 meters, 1st place-Qualified for Junior Nationals
Shot Put 2.21 meters, 1st place-Qualified for Junior Nationals
Track 34 Classification
100 meter dash 37.04 seconds, 1st place-Qualified for Junior Nationals
200 meter dash 1:20 minutes, 1st place-Qualified for Junior Nationals

Kenny Richetti Adult Age Group(Error to be reviewed)
Field 35 Classification
Discus Throw 10.86 meters, 1st place
Javelin Throw 6.66 meters, 1st place
Shot Put 3.23 meters, 1st place
Track 35 Classification
100 meter dash 38.60 seconds, 1st place
200 meter dash 1:33.96 minutes, 1st place

Thank you and have a good day,

Bill Schneider
Paralympic Sport Club New York, Track Coach

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:21
Wheelchair Lacrosse Camp in New York City Print E-mail
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The new adaptive sport was introduced to the NYC area called Wheelchair Lacrosse.  The camp took place in Brooklyn at the Betsy Head Memorial Playground on Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19th.  With the help of Wheelchair Lacrosse USA (WLUSA) coaches and players, the camp was very successful and brought a new interest of Lacrosse to many new people.  The WLUSA coaches were Ryan Baker, William Lundstrom and Rocco Cimarussi who founded the WLUSA.  Players came as far away as Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY and Atlanta, GA.  25 Local players learned the game of Lacrosse and were given the opportunity to start a local team which would be the 5th team in existence throughout the United States.  Each player was given a stick to keep for participation and equipment was donated to the NYC Parks Department and the Wheelchair Sports Federation.


For more information, please visit wheelchairlacrosse.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 16:31
Major League Baseball All-Star summer charitable initiatives to benefit communities throughout New York City Print E-mail
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More than $4 million planned toward 2013 MLB All-Star legacy projects

Major League Baseball and the New York Mets will host a series of community and charitable initiatives and projects leading up to the 84th MLB All-Star Game that will leave a lasting legacy benefiting communities throughout New York City and beyond. This MLB All-Star Summer community effort will support recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy, impact the lives of underserved youth and local veterans, support cancer research, highlight the importance of environmental consciousness, and complement the midsummer celebration of Baseball and the New York Mets.

$4 Million Donation to Local and National Charities

MLB and the Mets plan to donate more than $4 million, through MLB Charities and the New York Mets Foundation, to MLB All-Star projects in the New York Metropolitan area and to support national charitable initiatives, including Stand Up To Cancer, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Make-A-Wish®, among others. Some of the local projects were identified in conjunction with the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. The funds will be raised from Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 15th.

MLB All-Star Summer Lasting Legacy Support

A significant portion of 2013 MLB All-Star Summer lasting legacy donations will be focused on communities throughout New York City to fund a number of worthy projects and causes, including the following:

·         Wheelchair Sports Federation - Major League Baseball and the Mets will donate 25 sports wheelchairs for adaptive athletes who participate in Wheelchair Sports Federation activities. Many potential and current adaptive athletes of all ages have financial issues due to their disability, and a special sports wheelchair is usually not covered by insurance and can cost up to $5,000.

 ·         FirstStepNYC (PS/IS 41 in Brownsville, Brooklyn) - Funding for this project will help provide ongoing health, literacy and science activities in a newly renovated outdoor space for FirstStepNYC, a New York City mayoral initiative that draws from Educare, a visionary model of early childhood education. FirstStepNYC recognizes the value of investing in a child's first five years, when critical learning opportunities occur. The program will offer full-day, full-year comprehensive services focused on social-emotional, literacy and language, physical, and cognitive development for 116 children. The ultimate goal is to ensure vulnerable and at-risk children start off school ready, and remain on a path toward college and career readiness. The protected play-space for preschoolers and kindergarteners will be located within an interior courtyard at PS/IS 41, Francis White Elementary School in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. The renovated courtyard will also feature a green area for gardening and science activities and a reading literacy corner. Scotts, the official lawn care company of Major League Baseball, will contribute to this project with product donations for the green area. The project will be assisted by Magical Builders, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that partners with community children, local and national businesses, and volunteers to renovate and improve the facilities of children's non-profit organizations across the country. Other key partners include the NYC Department of Education, SCO Family of Services, the Administration for Children's Services, and The Fund for Public Schools.

·         Youth Field Renovations (Hinton Park - Flushing, Queens; and O'Donohue Park - Far Rockaway, Queens) - MLB All-Star Legacy funding will help renovate baseball fields owned by NYC Parks: Hinton Park and O'Donohue Park. O'Donohue Park, which is currently primarily used by the all-male private school Yeshiva Darchei Tova, will be made available, with assistance of local council members, to other youth leagues affected by Superstorm Sandy. Renovations to the two fields at Hinton Park, which will be made by Fields, Inc. in partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, will include new Astroturf; new home plates, bases and anchors, a portable pitching mound; repairs to fencing; and improvements to bleachers, walls and handrails. Hinton Park also will be the site of the Opening Ceremonies of the 2013 Jr. RBI Classic, an MLB event designed to provide hundreds of young baseball and softball players from Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities an opportunity to participate in MLB All-Star Week. O'Donohue Park renovations will include new infield mix, regrading of skinned infield and grass outfield to facilitate drainage, amending of existing soil, new sod, and a new irrigation system. The field also will feature new dugout fencing, backstop and refurbished outfield fencing and bleachers. O'Donohue Park will be renovated with assistance from Scotts.

·         St. Albans Community Living Center (Jamaica, Queens) - With support from Rebuilding Together and Rebuilding Together NYC, the project will upgrade and improve the VA Harbor Healthcare System's (VANYHHS) St. Albans Community Living Center, which provides health care and support services to Veterans in the surrounding area and serves as a home and rehabilitation facility for many Veterans. The project will focus on upgrading an outdoor greenspace and recreation area, including accessibility modifications and the addition of an enclosed patio, providing residents independent, year-round access to a shared community space. Bank of America, the official bank of Major League Baseball, will support this project by committing its employees as volunteers and more than $75,000 in funding. Scotts will support this project with product donations. MLB is committed to supporting Veterans and their families, especially through the league's Welcome Back Veterans initiative (WelcomeBackVeterans.org).

·         Boys & Girls Club Construction Project (South Queens Boys & Girls Club - Richmond Hill, Queens) - With assistance from Magical Builders, a new 3,000 square foot Teen Center and Café will be constructed. The Teen Center will include a technology lab, a college lab, classroom space, a lounge and a viewing balcony overlooking the new gymnasium. The center will serve high school students in the Metro Queens area, including Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Glendale, Howard Beach and Jamaica. The goal of the new Teen Center will be to enable teens who are often considered "at-risk" to become well-rounded, engaged citizens. The teens will participate in college tours, career seminars, job readiness training, dance classes and cultural trips. The new center is part of an overall $11 million capital improvement program being undertaken by the South Queens Boys & Girls Club, which will soon be renamed the "Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens." Additionally, Scotts will support this project's landscaping renovations with product donations.

·         City Harvest - Funds will go toward supporting the organization's fleet of refrigerated trucks, which were damaged during Superstorm Sandy, and to helping feed New Yorkers in need. Founded in 1982, City Harvest is the world's first food rescue organization - dedicated to feeding the city's hungry men, women and children. In 2013, City Harvest will collect more than 42 million pounds of excess food and deliver it free of charge to some 600 community food programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Environmental Efforts

The 2013 MLB All-Star Summer will build on the continued commitment to the environment by Major League Baseball and the partnership with Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) by incorporating a wide variety of environmentally-sensitive efforts, including:

·         Raising awareness about the importance of "going green" via public service announcements in-stadium and environmental education materials online (MLB.com/green);

·         Prioritizing recycling and composting of materials at events throughout MLB All-Star Week;

·         Addressing energy and water usage through efficiency measures and by investing in renewable energy offsets and water restoration credits.

For more information, please visit allstargame.com or mets.com/2013.

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