WESTFIELD, NJ — On skates, walkers and sleds, children glided along at the adaptive skate session offered at the Westfield Rink at Gumbert Park.
On Monday, 24 families and their children participated, as well as 40 teen volunteers from the Westfield Hockey Club, which also sponsored the event organized to include children with special needs.
“It is very gratifying to see another successful adaptive skate session,” said Julie Steinberg, who co-chairs the Town's Council on Access and Inclusivity. “I have been thinking of Dr. King, and his message of access and inclusion. This event was very much in that spirit.”
Steinberg and Westfield Hockey Club Board MemberJohn McDevitt organized the event. The Westfield Rink, Westfield’s Recreation Department and Union County Recreation’s Office for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs provided additional support.
“The adaptive skating program is a great example of community-focused programming by The Westfield Rink,” said Mayor Shelley Brindle. “I'm thrilled the event was a success and am very grateful to the Westfield Hockey Club and the Town's Access and Inclusivity Council for making it happen.”
The next adaptive skating session at The Westfield Rink is on Feb. 22 at 11:15 a.m.