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Special needs sports programs support special kids all over LI

Special needs sports programs have been developed for many sports and allow children who may have disabilities to thrive in a supportive environment.

Here on the North Shore of Long Island, there are many programs to choose from based on your child’s need. Options range from individual sports like swimming and rowing to team sports such as soccer and basketball.


Challenger Leagues

Challenger Baseball: Roslyn Little League – starts April each year. Email Eric Kobrick to sign up. This is a wonderful progarm for kids. They have volunteers who work 1:1 with your child on baseball skills and they play games. They adapt to your child’s needs.


Be The Best Sports, Port Washington

JCC Shooting Stars: Visit JCC Shooting Stars

PAL special needs Port Washington area

Wednesdays 5pm-6pm at 12 Franklin Avenue in Port Washington

Coach: Joe Kostovic
Contact: Phil Van Nostrand 516 944 3653


Be The Best Sport at Unlimited Sports Action in Port Washington has recently been recognized by the Special Olympics as a Certified Special Olympics Training Center for Long Island athletes. Training for the Special Olympics will be a year-round program and players will enter competition in the spring. Their professional staff has been certified by Special Olympics Programs Specialists to coach in these tournaments and skills competitions. The basketball program is for athletes 8 & up.

Call 516-453-0990 or email for more information.


Long Island Blues

Visit Long Island Blues

American Special Hockey

Visit American Special Hockey


Port Adaptive Rowing

Port Rowing offers an Adaptive Program for rowers with special needs, including autism and physical disabilities. The repetitive nature of rowing and it’s ability to strengthen and improve cardiovascular fitness makes our program a unique opportunity for non-traditional athletes to improve fitness levels while having fun, learning a new skill, and developing relationships with coaches and other rowers.


PowerPals, Glen Cove

At PowerPals every child, each with a unique array of talents and limitations, is fostered in our safe and comfortable classes led by a very knowledgeable staff of fitness professionsals.

PowerPals 516-359-7734; 516-759-1700


Be The Best Sport at Unlimited Sports Action

Rolling Thunder Running Program

Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing challenged individuals with the opportunity to successfully participate in all levels of mainstream athletics. Rolling Thunder is open to developmentally and/or physically challenged individuals, age 5 or older, regardless of disability. Our team is also open to siblings and other family members, and to any members of the community willing to volunteer their time and effort.


Be The Best Sports at Unlimited Sports Action

Soccer Saturdays for children on the Autism Spectrum or other special needs.Call for more information 767-7675.

Port PAL Soccer

If your child needs extra instruction and attention in soccer, Port PAL Soccer is the program for him/her. Pre-K/K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade programs. Starts April 2, 8:30AM-9:45AM and 10-11AM (Pre-K). Go to their website for registration information or email them at [email protected].

TOPS Soccer

TOPS Soccer program is held each season under the direction of Rich Bletsch. If you are interested in volunteering or have a player that would like to participate, please contact Rich. Registration is now open. Return applications to:

Richard Bletsch
1652 West End Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Due to the continuing efforts of the Annual Golf Outing committee and supporters, sufficient money is raised each year to enable us to offer this program at no fee!

Practices are held every Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Center Street School on the rear field.

If you know of anyone who would like to participate in our program, or come down to lend a helping hand, please call Richard Bletsch at (516) 328-3043.

Port Washington Soccer

Port Washington Soccer’s program is based on the national Special Needs Soccer philosophy “Participation Not Competition.” They want all the challenged youth of our community to gain the benefits from our program, not just children with Autism. Their program has a rolling registration, meaning that you can register at any time during the eight week session. Therefore, if you miss the first or second session, parents can still register for the remaining sessions.

Fall Registration

Manhasset Soccer

Manhasset Soccer invites all LI and Queens residents to join the Adaptive Soccer Program for all ages, all ability levels, boys and girls!


The Sid Jacobson JCC in Roslyn, NY offers a Special Needs program and has wonderful aquatics programs for all levels.  Their pool was recently renovated — and very warm – and programs are open to all community members.


P.A.L Nassau Special Needs Unit

The Special Needs Unit of the Nassau County Police is an activity league that serves children ages 5 through 21 with varying disabilities.

They provide sports, recreation and socialization for children who would otherwise sit at home because they could not make it in regular sports programs. They are a 501(c)3 charitable organization and the ONLY Police Activity League in the Country with a Special Needs Unit.

Programs offered include basketball, bowling, sports fitness, fun with fitness, karate, dance, music/movement, horseback riding, track, flag football, tee-ball and coming fall 2008, lacrosse.

For information on these programs, the unit or to register contact: P.O. Director, Darlene A. Capobianco (516-333-9600).

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