Ok, this one has a lot of legs.  And, the info I have is dated a few months back but should give you an idea.  Basically the Challenger Community Program is a sports program that starts in January and is held on Saturdays from 1:00-3:00.  It is hosted in various schools and even a few parks.  The coaches are parents and younger adults that volunteer their time!  The Challenger has Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, and Ice Hockey.  There a lot of different contact numbers so post a question if you are interested in a particular sport and I will get you the info.  By the way, your child needs to be at least 5 to participate.

Info Sent To Me On The Challenger Program
CHALLENGER COMMUNITY SPORTS/PROGRAMS

Garden City Challenger Basketball – starts in January on Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00 at the Garden City Middle School gymnasium – open to residents and non-residents ( ages 5 – 18 )

girls and boys – all disabilities welcome ( no fees )……..MUST WEAR SNEAKERS

Contact Diane at jfkdld@aol.com or Liz at 516-313-3984

Garden City Challenger Baseball – starts in the spring and fall on Saturdays from

9:00 – 11:00 at the Garden City Community Park ( behind pool – right parking lot in back )

open to residents and non-residents ( ages 5 – 18 )

girls and boys – all disabilities welcome ( no fees )……..MUST BRING MIT

Contact Diane at jfkdld@aol.com or Liz at 516-313-3984

Garden City Challenger Soccer – starts in the spring and fall on Saturdays from

11:30 – 1:00 at Tullamore Park – open to residents and non-residents ( ages 5 – 18 )

girls and boys ( no fees )…………MUST WEAR SHINGUARDS

Contact Andy Garger at agarger@optonline.net or Andy at 516-775-8058

Challenger Ice Hockey Team ( Long Island Blues ) girls and boys ( ages 5 – 18 )

Contact Mike Russo at 631-467-4926 or http://www.LongIslandBlues.org

WHAT A GREAT WAY TO LEARN HOW TO SKATE !!

Special Olympics – runs MANY sports programs on Long Island – contact

tflynn@nyso.org or go to their website at http://www.specialolympicsny.org

ANCHOR Program – Town of Hempstead ( Answering the Needs of Citizens Handicapped

through Organized Recreation )

This program is run year-round and is life long ( ages 5 – lifelong ) – runs a 6 week

daycamp in summer at Lido Beach, Saturday program and after-school program

( bowling, swimming, fitness, drama and sports ) bussing provided for daycamp

and Saturday program – NO FEES

Contact the ANCHOR office at 516-431-6946 – waiting list but eventually will be

called – this program is VERY popular and is a model program ( no other program like it

in the US per its Director of 35 years )

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2 responses »

    • John,
      Thank you so much for adding the update. A lot of people are very interested in this program…but find it hard to find the info. Any other info you have would be great! Thanks again.

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