Posts Tagged ‘special needs sports’

Best Day Snow Registration is Now Open – Limited Spots For A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity!!

January 13, 2013 Leave a comment

We just applied – fingers crossed! If your kids are into the outdoors and/or snow you don’t want to miss this!

Participant registration is open now, sign up ASAP as spots will go quickly!

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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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Monday Minute: James Got Punched In The Chest By A Raptor

If only to further demonstrate why special needs sports teams (and dad as coach) are so important to James:

James is in italics, my responses are in bold.


Mom I have to tell you something.

What is it? Can you wait for one second? (I’m brushing James’s teeth at the moment, but James remains undeterred.)

Something happened yesterday.


I got punched in the chest, like this. (punches himself in the chest with one fist, like half of a gorilla)

Punched in the chest? Where?

At baseball.

What? What happened? 

A Raptor punched me in the chest, like this. (punches himself again for full effect)

A Raptor?

Yeah, not a Grizzly. He was on the other team.

Why would they do that?

I don’t know.

Did you get upset?

(frowns) Yeah, a little.

Did you tell an adult or another coach?


You should always tell if someone hurts you, James. Dad is the coach – you can always tell him, at least.

(approaching Ryan a few minutes later, who is brushing his own teeth)

Hey, did you know James was punched in the chest yesterday by some kid on the Raptors?

Ryan: (pauses, sighs) He was tagged out.




Top Ten: Reasons You Might Drop By The Last Meeting, Tomorrow at 9:00!

1. a really awesome handout, created by me. It’s updated from last year with dozens of new activities!

2. the chance to sign up for the Central Park Challenge (see my Top Ten reasons to join The Foorce for details)

3. get a free copy of Special Parent magazine. It’s good, and I don’t just say that because I have an article in there 🙂

4. a social occasion to chat with other parents (they do exist)

5. find out about summer classes, events and camp options in all 5 boroughs of NYC as well as surrounding areas.

6. learn about one-of-a-kind opportunities to try surfing, beach days, dance lessons, adaptive tennis, swimming, track and field, and kayaking, many free or low cost (I don’t know about you, but I’m not brave enough to try surfing with James alone!).

7. sign up for free playdates for your special needs child, their siblings and you, all at the same time (they do exist).

8. get free brochures, booklets, and information about hundreds of programs in the NYC area (more free stuff).

9. find out about some popular Fall activities like soccer and music classes – registration is already open!

10. meet the woman behind the madness and witness some of the madness (2 of my 3 children will be in attendance).


Insider’s tip: stop at Malecon across Amsterdam from PS 163 for the best cup of cafe con leche you’ll ever have. Unlike most things at this meeting it’s not free, but is really worth the $1.50. Hope to see you bright and early tomorrow!

Achilles Kids Upcoming Events April – June 2012

Achilles Kids Upcoming Events!
Dear Michaela,

Thanks so much for coming out on Saturday! It is so exciting to see the kids making such tremendous progress. It is such an honor to witness their dedication and hard work!We will be meeting again on Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 am in Central Park at 90th Street and Fifth Avenue. Hope to see you there!

All the best,

Megan, Janet, and Karen

*To help everyone with planning the workout schedule from now until June is as follows:

April 14 Central Park

April 21 JCC: Achilles Kids Earth Day Fun Run

April 28 JCC: Where in the World is Achilles Kids Fun Run

May 5 Central Park

May 12 Central Park

May 19 JCC

May 26 JCC

June 2 Central Park

June 9 Central Park

June 16 JCC

June 24 RACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Achilles International | 42 West 38th Street | Suite 400 | New York | NY | 10018


Reminder: Special Needs Sports and Extracurricular Activities Meeting Tomorrow, Oct. 21st!

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

I hope to see many of you at the first 2011-2012 meeting tomorrow!

We have some great speakers and a ton of information will be available on everything from basketball to music lessons to weekend social groups. For more information go to the Upcoming Events page or email me directly.

The Murky Waters of Free Adaptive Swimming Lessons, Courtesy of the NYC Parks Dept. (2011)

***Please check back often for updates – last updated July 6th, 2011.***

After over a dozen phone calls and emails since March, I have finally begun to unravel the mystery of the 2011 Adaptive Swim schedule in NYC, a free program offered by the NYC Parks Department each summer. Though I am feeling a little cranky and more than a little critical of how disorganized they have been this year, I will be the first to say that we had a fantastic experience with their adaptive swim lessons during the Summer of 2009 and are excited to participate again. James was given two days a week of free, private swimming lessons and went from “screaming and terrified to put his feet in the water” to “up to his neck and happy about it.” We are hoping to build on that even more this Summer. The instructors were young, experienced and energetic, making it well worth the lengthy trip (45 minutes) to the pool every other morning. As many of you know, private swim lessons for special needs people can cost $60 or more per hour – makes me want to go into the business. These were FREE, no strings attached.

It is for these reasons that I am (reasonably) happy to provide you with the (not-100%-but-hopefully-pretty-certain) information available about NYC Parks Adaptive Swim Lessons (most current updates listed below). I am grateful to Victor Calise of the NYC Parks Department for sending me the information below about free lessons in all five boroughs.

You must call Citywide Aquatics at 718-760-6969, ext. 0 to register. Update on July 5: After spending 45 very frustrating minutes on hold with 3 different people, we are still not registered. I am looking into this and will keep you posted if I can figure out an easier way. **On July 6th, I was informed that we simply had to show up tomorrow a little early. So, that is the current plan.

If you know of other pools in the NYC area that are offering free adaptive lessons, please leave the information in the Comments section below or email me. If you have questions, feel free to email me or call the Parks Department at 718-760-6969.’s first survey is here!

I would be very grateful if you would take my first ever survey – it is on the right sidebar under Click Here.

It will help me to decide which directions to pursue first as this site grows, and will hopefully help you in the process!

Your input is extremely valuable to me, and anonymous – please answer what questions you can and spread the word to others in the special needs community. Thanks in advance for your time and effort!

PS – There will also be a weekly poll to the right – after you vote you can see the results. Polls will often be related to a recent or upcoming post.

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