Chatham Recreation Starts Special Needs Track and Field Program


CHATHAM, NJ -  In expanding its commitment to develop, promote, organize, implement and maintain a variety of programs for its residents, Chatham Recreation, in conjunction with its new Spring Track Program, will be offering a trial track component for Chatham children with special needs.  

This program will be open to Chatham residents, with special needs, who are currently in grades 2 and 3. Practice will be held Sundays at 11 a.m. from April 26 through June 14. 

Athletes will learn these skills: sprinting, relay races, race walking, softball throw, standing long jump and running long Jump. Activities can/will be modified as needed. The program will be led by a group of Chatham supervisors. 

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In addition to the adult supervisors, each athlete will be paired with a “Sports Buddy.”  Patrick Mortensen, a junior cross country and Track runner at Chatham High School, has launched “Sports Buddies,” a new club at the high school. The club will be sponsored by Chatham High School coach Nick DeSantis. Members of the club will act as peer mentors or running “buddies” for each special needs child.

If you have a child with special needs interested in participating in this trial program, please register via Community Pass (Chatham Recreation’s online registration system – go to Community Pass – Register Track Program / Special Needs). Registration will begin Monday, April 6.  Initial registration will be limited to 15 special needs athletes. Please note: A parent or guardian must remain for the duration of the practice.

The fee will be $25 (includes t-shirt).

Please contact with any questions.


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