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Safe Haven Basketball Registration Open – Season Starts December 1st!

October 17, 2012 Leave a comment

For special needs players, make sure to register for the Champions Division. I wholeheartedly recommend this program and can’t say enough good things about the coaches and volunteers that make it happen at such a low cost. Something for every player, no matter their age or ability.

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Fitness For Focus: Karate for Special Needs Fall 2012 – Free Trial Classes and Registration Open Now!

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Click the links at the bottom of this email to download registration and free trial forms for the Uptown and Downtown locations.


Dear Professional / Educator,
Please feel free to pass on to others you feel might benefit from our program.We’re very happy to announce our Fall 2012 free trial classes! Any child is welcome to try and see how our Karate method has shown to help children with special learning needs improve, all while they have a great time.
Fall Session:  (14 Weeks) – Downtown Manhattan at 440 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place)
Sundays:  September 23 – January 20 (1:00 – 4:00pm, exact time depends on age)———–

Fall Session:  (14 Weeks) – Upper West Side Manhattan at 131 West 72nd Street, betw. Columbus and Amsterdam)
Mondays:  September 24 – January 21 (4:30 – 6:00pm, exact time depends on age)

Free Trial Class Registration Form
Please print, fill in and bring one with you on the day of the class.

Sibling / Friend Discount
Each sibling or new friend registered takes 10% off registration .

Please contact us with any questions or if you are planning to attend!

Sensei Glenn
President, Fitness for Focus, Inc.

VIP Soccer Starts This Weekend In Central Park!

September 14, 2012 Leave a comment

From Coach Jim – see the link at the bottom for an overview of the VIP soccer program including a map of the playing field.

Dear Parents and Volunteers-
Attached please find a two-page overview of the VIP program (see link below for attachment), including links to resources to learn more.  Also included: a map of our field in Central Park.  We meet in the North Meadow on Sunday on Soccer Field B, which is right next to the handball courts at the North Meadow Recreation Center.
If walking in from the West side, you can come in at 97th street and walk along the pathways that stay closest to the 97th street Transverse Road.  You have to head North to get to the field.  You can wait until you get to the Recreation Center, in which case you have to go through the parking lot, through the breezeway, cut through the handball courts and then backtrack about fifty feet to your left.  Or, you can head North before you get to the Rec Center, go up to the first gap in the fence around the baseball and soccer fields, and then head off to your right.
Generally, if your player is nine or under, plan to come at 10 AM.  Everyone else, 11:30.  Team rosters are coming later in the week.  We have had a number of late additions, and unfortunately two of our experienced coaches have to take a leave-of-absense this year, to deal with a new baby and an apartment renovation.  Consequently I will be promoting a couple of assistant coaches, and also am looking for new people to fill in those assistant positions.
More to come!
Yours, Jim
Head Coach, VIP

WSSL Special Needs Division (VIP) now offering late registration for Fall 2012!

September 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Thanks to Coach Jim Karpe for sharing this info! The following late registration is being offered for WSSL’s VIP division, which meets Sundays in Central Park starting September 16th, 2012:

Exciting news!

Just now learned: You can still register on-line for Soccer for this Fall!

Please go to
Remember to select VIP! You will be told that you are wait-listed, but we will almost certainly be able to accomodate your player. And, remember that scholarships are available for the asking.

Please go through the on-line registration process if you are interested.
If you have already sent me an email expressing your interest, please now go through the on-line registration.
If you were planning on registering on the field, please instead go through the on-line registration.
If you have convinced a friend to try soccer, please have them go through the on-line registration.


Special Aces Tennis Starts Next Week – Limited Spaces Still Available!

The Prospect Park Tennis Center will offer group tennis instruction for children with special needs this month. Their amazing staff of tennis professionals and physical and occupational therapists will provide children with the individual attention they need to enjoy the experience of tennis.

The Special Aces usually run during the year but for the first time they are offering summer sessions from July 9 – 12 and July 16-19, Monday through Thursday: 4 – 6 p.m.

Going to be out of town for one of the weeks? Only available on Thursdays this summer? You’re still in luck – since this is a new program players have the option of choosing how many and which days they’d like to attend during the two weeks of camp (advance registration is required). And the price is not bad either – between $30-60 per session depending on how many hours you sign up for.

Watch a short video about Special Aces

Read about Special Aces in NY Tennis Magazine

Tennis is one of the only sports that James hasn’t tried yet so he is very excited to start lessons next week. There are only a few spots left open, and unlike some of the other special needs sports advance registration is a must so that they can have the right amount of staff and equipment available for each session. You can go to to download a registration form. Feel free to email me or call the Paul at the tennis center (718-436-2500) for more info.

Special Needs Soccer Fall 2012 – Registration open now until June 15th!

Passing along information from Head Coach, Jim Karpe:


Dear Challenger, Champion and VIP families-
West Side Soccer League registration for the Fall is now open. We play in Central Park, on the West side just above 96th Street, on Sundays in the late morning and early afternoon.
In soccer we are the VIP division.  Cost is $120 per child.  Full scholarships available, covering all costs except a $10 fee.
The league supplies uniform, shin guards, balls.  Pretty much everything except the shoes and the kid.
I strongly recommend trying soccer.  Each of the sports has its charms, of course.  Basketball is fast moving, and has never once been rained out. And my son loves to play.  Baseball is a cultural touch point, and we have a beautiful spot near the river. And my daughter loves the game.
In my eyes, one of the great things about soccer is that all you need is one child and a ball, and you are playing.  It scales up from that all the way up to a full-size game on a full-size field.  But the essence of the game– controlling the movement of the ball through space with your feet– that happens right from the start.  And for our population it is especially good as there is very little in the way of waiting around.  We play “short-sided” games, to make sure every child is getting a lot of chances to touch the ball and make game-time decisions.  Please sign up and tell a friend.  We had 60 players last season, but can accomodate many more — we can take possession of the fields as early on Sundays as we need to.
VIP Soccer Head Coach

My Own Collection Of Summer Events, Extracurricular Activities and Camps in the NYC Area for Children With (any) Special Needs 2012

If you’re looking for a little light reading this weekend, CLICK HERE to open the main document that was handed out at this morning’s meeting. Though growing bigger every year, this labor of love still offers a manageable bite of some of the best programs out there this summer. It’s a pretty awesome resource, even if I do say so myself 🙂

Thanks to all who made it out this morning! It was really lovely to see and meet so many new faces, and I hope to see you again at one of the social group meetups this summer (if you missed the meeting, keep an eye out for more info on the free social group that meets over the summer, entering its fourth year and continuing to grow).

Please Make A Note: April 29th Meeting POSTPONED, New Meeting Date May 18th!

I can’t believe it, but this Friday, April 27th, is NOT our final meeting at PS 163 of The Foorce.

It has come to my attention that several popular special needs programs will not have their summer schedules for 2012 ready in time for this Friday’s meeting. In order to have adequate time to prepare and to provide the best range of information possible, the meeting this Friday has been rescheduled for May 18th, 2012 at 9:00AM.

The meeting will be all about special needs summer activities and camps – I’ve collected more than a few over the last couple months of camp fairs and conferences and I’m looking to share. Attendees will also have an opportunity to find out about and sign up for the casual social group that has met weekly for the last 3 summers – absolutely free and a great social outlet if your child isn’t booked up for the summer.

Anyone and everyone with a special needs friend or loved one is invited to join us – the meeting will be from 9:00am until everyone leaves and small children are welcome (I’m bringing 2!). As usual, the meeting will be held at PS 163 (corner of W. 97th and Amsterdam) – exact location TBA.

Hope to see you there, on MAY 18th!

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