SEPTA Sports Connections



Enjoy the fun! Garden City Challenger Website:

Volunteers (ages 14 and up) are always wanted!  

Challenger Platform Tennis
Thursdays starting January 8th for the next 5 weeks
5:30pm at Garden City Country Club
No experience necessary. Parking in the back. Paddles will be provided. For more information, please contact Anna Dragone at 516-437-0521. 

Garden City Challenger Basketball – starts in January on Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00 at the Garden City Middle School gymnasium   -   open to residents and non-residents (ages 5 – 18, 21 if still in school) girls and boys – all disabilities welcome (no fees). Contact Anna Dragone at 437-0521.

Garden City Challenger Baseball – starts in the spring and fall on Saturdays from 9:00 – 11:00 at the Garden City Community Park (behind pool – right parking lot in back) open to residents and non-residents (ages 5 – 18, 21 if still in school) girls and boys – all disabilities welcome (no fees) Contact Ann a Dragone at 437-0521.

Garden City Challenger Soccer
– starts in the spring and fall on Saturdays from 11:30 – 1:00 at Tullamore Park – open to residents and non-residents (ages 5 – 18) girls and boys – all disabilities welcome (no fees). Contact Andy Garger at or Andy at 516-775-8058.

Garden City Challenger Lacrosse – Starts May 9th
To register on line, please visit our website and go to the registration tab. Complete the form and click submit….it is that easy. Buddies, if you are under the age of 18 please have your parents complete the form for you and remember you must be 11 years of age or older to be a buddy. One thing to make note of when completing the form: in the EVENT section of the form the sport is Lacrosse and the role is “ATHLETE” for our Special Needs Participants and “BUDDY” for our mentors. 

Finally, the 2015 schedule has been updated as well so please take a look and save the dates.

Be the Best Sport - - Be the Best Sport is focused on the athletic development of children with Special Needs.  Our mission is to create and provide fun and exciting programs for children with special needs ages 18 and younger; such programs will offer recreational sports for the children and their families.   

Winter Classes 2015  To Register Please Call 516.453.0990
Be The Best Sport new class schedule is now available!
New programs begin February 14th.

A generous grant from the North Shore Autism Circle has allowed us to lower the costs of participating in our programs. We want to take this opportunity to thank the North Shore Autism Circle for all of their support and allowing children in our local area the opportunity to participate in our sport programs at a reduced cost! 

About: Be The Best Sport is 501(c)(3) adaptive sports program for children who have intellectual disabilities as well as physical impairments.  At Be The Best Sport we offer a variety of sports and programs that focus on exposing the children to the world of sports and to help develop and strengthen their motor, cognitive, and social abilities.
Classes Begin 2/14
Saturday Programs
9:30am-10:15am - Multi Sport - Ages 4-7
10 Weeks - $160
10:15am-11:00am - Soccer - Ages 5-7
10 Weeks - $160
10:15am-11:00am - Soccer - Ages 8-13
10 Weeks - $160
12:30pm-1:15pm - Karate - Ages 6-11
5 Weeks - $80
12:30pm-1:15pm - Track - Ages 7-15
10 Weeks - $160
1:30pm-2:15pm - Tennis - Ages 6-10
10 Weeks - $160
1:45pm-2:30pm - Basketball - Ages 7 - 15
10 Weeks - $250
Sunday Programs 
1:15pm-2:00pm - Multi-Sport - Toddler/PreSchool
2:15pm-3:00pm - Multi-Sport - 
Grade School Children
Saturday Classes - Held at various location in Port Washington. Please click below for locations and session information. 
Sunday Classes - Held at Mid Island Y JCC. Please click below for locations and session information. 

More than A Gym -
Therapeutic alternatives developmental gym. They offer a variety of classes for children with special needs and developmental delays. 82 Rushmore St. Westbury, NY 11590 516-761-1239

Kids Plus Inc. - - Organization dedicated to researching, creating and providing therapeutic recreation programs which include developmental sports programs and structured recreational activities that promote, through participation, the physical, social and emotional well-being of children with developmental disabilities; as well as respite for their families. 

Long Island Blues Special Hockey  girls and boys (ages 5 – 18)  

Special Olympics – runs MANY sports programs on Long Island – contact  or go to their website at

The Special Olympics Bowling Team in Riverhead The Special Olympics is partnering with The All Star in Riverhead to form a Special Olympics bowling team. The team will practice every Monday evening from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the All Star, located at 98 Main Road in Riverhead. Each Monday practice will cost $10, which includes shoe rental and two games, though fundraising efforts will look to defray some of that cost after we get established, said organizer Gary Karlson. Costs for the handful of yearly tournaments are covered by the Special Olympics, he said.

“Bowlers with special needs of all ages (8 years and older) and all ability levels are encouraged to join us as we learn, practice, build friendships, improve upon of personal best scores, and train to bowl in tournaments with other Long Island teams throughout the year,” Karlson said.

The first 10-week session begins on Oct. 20 and runs every Monday through Dec. 22.

There will be an informational meeting for prospective bowlers, parents, and/or caregivers on Monday, Oct. 6 beginning at 5 pm. at the All-Star.

To RSVP, volunteer to help, or for more information contact team coordinator Gary Karlson at:, or visit the East End Rollers on Facebook.

Manhasset Soccer - Adaptive Soccer Program, Register online at under the 'adaptive team for special needs' sidebar.

Mid-Island Gymnastics Their classes offer kids the opportunity to experience the wonderful world of gymnastics in a fun and relaxed environment. Visit their website or call (516) 935-9804 

POWER PALS Power Pals is running a program called "Meet Me At the Gym," that teaches tweens and teens how to navigate the fitness gym. This program will focus on fitness and the importance of being healthy.
Contact and or email them at