ROBBINSVILLE, NJ- Ability Tree New Jersey (ATNJ) hosted its second annual Ability Tree NJ 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk on Saturday. The event, held at Robbinsville High School, brought over 200 athletes of all abilities together and raised over $20,000 for the organization's programming, organizers say.

ATNJ is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides Recreation, Education, Support, and Training (REST) to individuals and families impacted by disability.  ATNJ’s programs include recreation and respite events for children with special needs and their siblings, sibling scholarships for graduating seniors, and helping community organizations and events become more accessible. For adults with disabilities, ATNJ also offers Ability Camp each summer and SociAbility events throughout the year

“What a blessing to have over 40 sponsors!” said Dr. Natalie Schuberth, ATNJ’s President. “That’s just an illustration of how supportive the Robbinsville community has been of ATNJ’s mission of inclusivity and support for families impacted by disabilities. This community support has come in many forms: not just donating funds, but also donating time, and being invested in making existing programming and services more accessible and inclusive by bringing in ATNJ for education and training,” concluded Schuberth. 

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Runners completed a 5K race through the high school's cross-country course while walkers circled the outdoor track. The day’s festivities also included music provided by DJ Nebbs, a warm-up session with Liz Kelly (Liz Fit Bootcamp), face-painting, a resource fair made up of local non-profit organizations, and a ceremony to announce the race winners and top fundraisers. 

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