Basketball and Gym Activities Offered to Special Needs Children

The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the 2019-2020 winter season of its successful Challenger Basketball and Gym Activities program for special needs childrenBoys and girls age 5 – 18 (or the completion of high school) and young adults 19 to 35 with physical or mental challenges are invited to join this program.  Tom DeVries, a resident of Jefferson Township, will manage the league.


The activities will begin in the White Rock Elementary School’s Lower Gym, 2 Francine Place, Milton/Oak Ridge on Saturday, December 14 from 10:30 to 12:30 pm and continue on Saturdays until February 20; however, the program will not meet on December 21 and 28.


Starting on Tuesday, January 7, the program will also run every Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 pm at Cozy Lake School, 205 Cozy Lake Road, Milton/Oak Ridge and continue until February 25.


This program offers players the chance to participate in one of the most popular sports worldwide – basketball.  Participants will play with the same equipment and by the same rules as in any basketball game with the exception that they have the option to use the “buddy” system for assistance.  Every player on the roster plays in the game, and no score is kept.  Thanks to fundraising efforts by the Challenger League’s parent group led by Scott Luker, the normal registration fee for this program will be waived for the 7th consecutive

Registration for this program is only onlinethrough Community Pass so log on to and sign in to your existing account or follow the prompts to set up your own personal account through the Jefferson Township community.  In either case, chose “2019-2020 Challenger Sports Programs” and then choose 2019-2020 Challenger Winter Basketball & Gym Activitiesto register.  As there is no fee to participate, there will be no amount due but information is needed in order for the child to participate.


If you experience difficulty in registering online, log on to, click on the “Form Center” link on the left side of the home page, and scroll down to the Recreation Department to find “Community Pass Online Registration Instructions” withstep-by-step directions.  If you still need assistance, please contact the Recreation office at 973-663-8404 x4 or for assistance.


Always look for information about upcoming programs and activities in the Virtual Backpack section of the Jefferson Township school district’s website at, the township website at by going to the link entitled “Forms Center”   and then scrolling to the “Recreation Department”, on the Jefferson Township Facebook page, and on our local online news vehicles and


If you have any program questions or concerns, you can contact DeVries at 973-208-7762 or, the Jefferson Township Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 ext 4, or

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