Saturday, August 27, 2011


clip_image002Chuck Guttenberg Center for the Physically Challenged at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Presents

Special Games—Special People

WHEN: Sunday, September 11
he Chuck Guttenberg Center for the Physically Challenged at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly

At Special Games—Special People event, a field day designed for individuals who live in greater Bergen County, age 3 and up, with physical, intellectual, behavioral and communication challenges, more than 100 “athletes” and volunteers will gather on the fields of the JCC to participate in this event.

DSC_0037The Games provide the “athletes” and volunteer staff with the opportunity to engage in physical activity, while interacting with others in a friendly, supportive environment. Separate events are held for children age 3-6, including a 10-yard dash and obstacle course. Family, friends and volunteers contribute the success of the day, bringing a sense of community and accomplishment to all those who attend and participate in this day. (Above: Three volunteers with a Special Games participant: Nomi Eijkenaar, Samantha Eisenberg, participant, and Maya Haber)

“The Games are a wonderful experience for everyone who gets involved, so we encourage people to both participate and volunteer,” says Special Services Director Shelley Levy. “All participants receive ribbons for each event they participate in, such as distance dashes, standing broad jump and basketball drills, and the community of volunteers who help and cheer the participants on really give these “athletes for the day” a great sense of accomplishment and something that boosts their self-esteem.”

For more information or to volunteer for the event, call Shelly Levy at 201.408.1489 or e-mail:

Special Games-Special People is held through the JCC Special Services Department, which provides vital services for children, teens, and adults whose disabilities range from developmental disabilities and autism to numerous physical challenges. The Chuck Guttenberg Center for the Physically Challenged, established by Adele and Bill Guttenberg in loving memory of their son, Chuck, provides programs and services at the JCC geared for individuals with physical challenges.