Challenged Youth Sports: Welcome

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How Challenged Youth Sports began...

Challenged Youth Sports began in 1990 in Lincroft, New Jersey as a recreational sports program for children with disabilities. The program is totally volunteer based, using caring adults and wonderful teenagers from our community. Our objective is to provide recreation for the children while fostering an environment for positive reinforcement through recreational sports. We are recognized as a 501-C-3 non-profit organization.

Our program began with 20 children in 1990 and now has more than 150 participants playing Soccer and Flag Football in the Fall, Basketball in the Winter, Tennis and Little League Softball in the Spring, and Golf in the summer. We also host dances at Valentine's Day and Halloween. Click here to see a recent Asbury Park Press article showing some of our players in action. 

We completed our first playground (click on Our 1st Accessible Playground tab on the left to see it) in June 2004 and we completed our second playground, Tony's Place, in November 2009.  These are fully accessible playgrounds for children of ALL abilities.   Both of these playgrounds were built with the assistance of the wonderful people at the Monmouth County Parks System.

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Challenged Youth Sports - Up to the Challenge

"This stinks."

When Paul Hooker was coaching a Little League team in 1990, he asked a little girl in a wheelchair how she was doing as she watched her brother's game. Her two-word answer, expressing her disappointment at not being able to play, resonated with Hooker. Soon after, he and his wife Margo started the Challenger Little League program in Middletown. They now also run Challenger soccer, basketball and tennis programs, with children from 20 towns participating. And in June of 2004, thanks to their tireless efforts, New Jersey's first playground accessible to children with disabilities was opened. Challenger Place playground in Monmouth County's Dorbrook Park, Colts Neck, is a dream come true for the Hookers. The seed for the park was planted in 2000 when a group of Middletown fourth-graders wrote letters to the Hookers' volunteer program, Challenged Youth Sports, asking that it work with Boundless Playgrounds, a Bloomfield, Conn., nonprofit that facilitates construction of playgrounds that allow children with and without disabilities to play together. With land and $500,000 donated by the county parks system, a $171,000 grant from the state and $200,000 raised through fund-raisers and private donations, the playground for children with all abilities has become a reality. The Hookers - and those who helped them bring more fun into the lives of children - deserve an ovation for their efforts to make sure things don't "stink". - Asbury Park Press, Friday, July 23, 2004

Tony's Place


On Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at Seven President’s Park in Long Branch, NJ, we finally cut the ribbon on our 2nd Accessible Playground for children of ALL abilities, Tony’s Place. Tony’s Place is a universally accessible playground, integrated for enjoyment by children of all abilities. It provides meaningful, sensory-rich, and developmentally appropriate play opportunities. The Asbury Park Press printed an article in which Tony’s Place was featured.  Click here to read more.  Thanks to the Monmouth County Park Systems and so many generous people for making another dream a reality... 

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contact us 

Challenged Youth Sports
15 Mayfield Ave. | Edison, New Jersey 08837 | 732.225.5989
Paul J. Hooker | Founder |












Starting Date: Saturday, September 12th

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Where: Fairview Fields on Oak Hill Road in Middletown (the same place as last year)

When: September 12, 19, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (no session on Sept. 26th as that is Middletown Day)

Ages: Open to boys and girls, ages 7 and up



Please CLICK HERE for the registration form.

Be sure to print out the form and mail it in with your check

made payable to: Challenged Youth Sports Inc

If you want to play, mail it in today!

Please drop it in the mail by August 10th

**Any rain outs or changes will be advised by text alert, CLICK HERE to sign up. If you have already signed up for text alerts, be sure “Soccer” has been checked off.




If you have any questions please email Rica at or you can give her a call at 732-225-5989.

We hope to see you there!









Starting Date: Saturdays, beginning September 12th through October 31st

Time: 1pm-2pm on Sept. 12 & 26;    12pm-1pm on Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Where: Middletown High School South Football Stadium, same place as last year.

How Often: Each Saturday through October 31st 

Ages: Boys and Girls ages 12 and up.

The Program: Al Bigos and Nick Trezza, Varsity Assistant Football Coaches at Middletown High School South, are the coaches once again for Flag Football.  They’ll have players from their high school team helping out with this very exciting sport. 

Fee: $20

No special equipment is needed, just wear comfortable sneakers.





Please CLICK HERE for the registration form. Print it out and mail it along with your check.




**Any rain outs or changes will be advised by text alert, CLICK HERE to sign up. If you have already signed up for text alerts, be sure “Flag Football” has been checked off.


If you have any questions please email Rica at, or you can give her a call at 732-                                                 225-5989. We hope to see you there!





Tuesday, July 28
Ernie Els #GameON Autism Golf Clinic 2015

Six players and golf pro instructor Brian Bevins from CYS participated in the Ernie Els #GameON Autism Golf Clinic today at TPC Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ.




Challenged Youth Sports is 100% volunteer.  Due to the growth of our program we are always looking for more volunteers.  If you are interested in helping out, please send an email to with your contact information so we can add you to our email list.  


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**The following is some brief information on all of our sports seasons & special events


soccerSOCCER - Saturdays in September and October at Fairview Fields in Middletown

golf-1GOLF -  Tuesday evenings in July and August at Quail Ridge Golf World on Route 34 North in Wall.

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flag footballFLAG FOOTBALL - Saturday afternoons in September and October at Middletown High School South. 


Little LeagueLITTLE LEAGUE - One evening a week and every Sunday from the Beginning of April to Mid June at the Lincroft Little League Complex.


basketballBASKETBALL - Saturday mornings in January and February at Middletown High School South and Thompson Middle School.


tennisTENNIS - Saturday mornings in April and May at Tindall Park in Middletown.

CHEER - Once a week in January and perform at some games in February.

DANCERCISE - Saturdays in March and April.



ice skatingICE SKATING PARTY -  Held in the Spring on a weekend at the Red Bank Ice Armory Complex in Red Bank, owners Leslie and Doug Brooks generously donate the ice time. Local high school hockey players volunteer to help our children skate, many of them for the very first time.

  heart -1VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE - Held on a Saturday evening close to February 14th, our dance takes place at the Croydon Hall Senior Center in Middletown. This FREE celebration for the kids in our program includes food, refreshments and an amazing DJ that has everyone on their feet dancing the night away.  

pumpkinHALLOWEEN DANCE - Held on an evening close to Halloween, this celebration takes place at the Croydon Hall Senior Center in Middletown.  The kids (and parents too!) dress up in costumes and have a blast dancing to their favorite DJ.  This FREE party for our kids also includes food and refreshments.  

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