North Jersey Navigators, Inc.

05/23/13

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Team statement:

Mission

To develop, implement and coordinate special programs to help children with disabilities increase their mobility skills competencies, social skills, self-esteem, and activity levels; as well as; to inspire children with disabilities to achieve an increased participation in all physical activities.   

Program Overview

Our program is comprised of a wide range of recreational and adaptive/wheelchair sports that have been specially designed to develop and enhance the mobility skills and athletic skills of children with disabilities. We apply a fun-filled and competitive approach to teaching/coaching children and junior athletes with disabilities several meaningful adaptive/wheelchair sports; including track, field, swimming, archery, table tennis and road racing. The skills and confidence the members acquired are very rewarding making our program a great success.  We develop, implement and coordinate special programs to help increase children with disabilities their mobility skills and activity levels in a fun, safe and rewarding team environment. 

Population Served

Our goal is to continue to expand our adaptive/wheelchair sports program beyond the states of New Jersey and New York; and to liaison with other groups and organizations to further adaptive sports for as many children with disabilities as possible.  The organization's immediate objective is to continue to serve current participants and to reach and support the participation of a broader population of eligible children with disabilities.  Our members represent a number of ethnic backgrounds; including African-American, Asian, Hispanic and White. Disabilities include diagnosis of arthrogryposis and freeman sheldon syndrome, cerebral palsy, amputees, and spina bifida.  

Organization Goals

Our primary goals are to continue to develop and implement special programs to inspire children with disabilities achieve an increased participation in physical activities and to provide opportunities for children with disabilities to take part in adaptive/wheelchair sports in order to enhance the quality of their lives.  Our primary objective is to provide children with disabilities with opportunities to train, participate and excel in adaptive/wheelchair sports; as well as; to provide them with all the resources required to prepare them for competitions at regional level; and ultimately, provide them the opportunity to participate at the annual National Junior Disability Championship (NJDC) and the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Junior World Championships (IWAS).

Sports are a big part of life for so many children.  Our special programs provide children with disabilities opportunities to be competitive and interact with others. Unfortunately, many parents end-up in a politically-charged debate regarding inclusion of their own child, but may have little background on which to base their choices. Through our program parents obtain new ideas regarding raising a child with a physical disability; they share their success and experiences facing inclusion challenges and other obstacles. Our adaptive/wheelchair sports program provides equal opportunities to all children with disabilities. Depending on the adaptive sport event; our program can be modified and customized based on the child's disability in order to provide the best methods for a successful inclusion despite the child's disability. Our adaptive/wheelchair sports program provides recreational and competitive opportunities for children and youth with disabilities; as well as; a chance to receive recognition for their extraordinary dedication, hard work, and success.

 

Address

North Jersey Navigators, Inc

 
Coach: Jim Cuevas
 

P.O. Box 1517
Bayonne
, NJ 07305

Phone: 201-435-1688
Sports: Track, field, swimming, archery, table tennis and road racing e-mail: jcuevas1969@comcast.net

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