You don't have to go far to get your child with special needs involved in the right sports program. We did the legwork for you! Here are some highlights in our area:
Pier 36, South Street Seaport
(212) 233-5050; www.basketballcity.com
Inclusive basketball teams, leagues, camps and clinics for children ages 8-17. The programs run daily year-round with summer camps and special events.
The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side
(646) 505-5729; www.jccmanhattan.org
Swimming lessons are just one of the many activities offered at Camp Kulam, a warm and welcoming camp with low student-to-teacher ratios for children with special needs.
New York Road Runners
845 Third Avenue, Midtown East
(212) 423-2227; www.mightymilers.org
This running program for children includes able-bodied and disabled peers. All children attempt to complete a half mile walk or run two to five times per week. Coaches set up different activities and standards to accommodate athletes so they can succeed.
Super Soccer Stars
606 Columbus Ave., Upper West Side
(212) 877-7171 x29; www.supersoccerstars.com
Holds a variety of special needs classes, accommodating children and adults with ADD, Autism, Downs Syndrome, and other forms of PDDNOS. All offerings are non-competitive and aimed at teaching soccer as well as building self-confidence and enhancing social skills.
109 East 50th Street, Midtown East
(212) 378-0219; www.swimworksnyc.com
Swim Works specializes in swim lessons for children and those with special needs. Class sizes are limited to three students per instructor so that each special needs child gets the attention that he or she needs.
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