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 |




Tuesday, December 1
It's time to register for CYS Basketball



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Basketball 2016

It's time to register for CYS Basketball


For those interested in participating this upcoming January/February please CLICK HERE to view the details and registration form. 


Your completed registration form must be mailed

by December 14! Registrations received after this mailing date will not receive a shirt.


If you are going to play, sign up TODAY! We need to order equipment and arrange how many per gym session. 


There will be no signups allowed at the first day of the season so if you want to play, get it mailed in now please.



Help us out and please don't be late! We are all volunteers you know!

Hope to see you in January!


Wednesday, December 2
The Christmas Light Show




Please donate an hour or two to help the organizers of the 2015 Christmas Light Show, for Challenged Youth Sports is the sole recipient of the net funds.  These funds allow us to run our programs for $20-$25 a season; without this funding, we could not do it.


The 10th Annual Christmas Light Showlocated at 2702 Woolley Rd. Wall Twp. NJ  07719 is a dazzling display of Christmas lights and effects synchronized to the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Each year the show has been one of the biggest and best in the world. Last year the attendance was over 12,000 people and raised $10,000 for Challenged Youth Sports.






Seasons Greetings

As we settle into the beautiful Fall weather we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the 10th Annual Christmas Light Show. This show is a dazzling display of Christmas lights and effects synchronized to the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Each year the show has been one of the biggest and best in the world. Last year we had an attendance of over 12,000 people and raised  $10,000 for Challenged Youth Sports.

All parking will be located off site at the North Wall Little League field. For parking and walking directions please visit  The event, once again, will take place on Woolley Rd in Wall Twp, NJ.  Show dates for this year are:

            Friday December 11th at 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM

            Saturday December 12th at 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM

            Sunday December 13th at 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM

Please plan on arriving about 40 minutes early in order to park and walk to the show, and please bring a small flashlight. There will be music and refreshments before the show with suggested donations appreciated.  Dress warmly; bring your friends and family.

As usual, Santa will try and visit each show, along with some of his elves. If your little one has not yet warmed up to Santa, stand by the driveway (left-side). Santa will only visit the orchard and area near the Merry Christmas sign.

While there is no admission charge, we kindly ask for donations to cover our costs, and the balance goes to benefit Challenged Youth Sports, Inc. (CYS), a non-profit sports program in Monmouth County for children and young adults with special needs.  We suggest a donation of $10 for individuals and $25 for a family of 4. CYS benefits special needs children in the central New Jersey area through building barrier free playgrounds, sponsoring sports leagues, and holding social events for these children. Thank you for helping us to help them by making a donation to benefit this worthy group.

We chose CYS because they are a local organization and 100% of donations directly benefit the children in their program. The charity principals cover all operating expenses from their personal funds.

Weather updates and directions will be available at

From all of us at The Christmas Light Show we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

The crew of The Christmas Light Show

Tuesday, December 1
It is that time again to register for yoga!



YOGA 2016




It is that time again to register for yoga!

Once  again, we are very fortunate to have Yoga instructor Virginia Lennon running the program. A big thanks to her! The class takes place right after our Basketball program at 11:15 am until Noon.

If you are interested in participating this year, please send in your registration form TODAY as space is limited! 



When: Each Saturday starting January 9th through February 27th, 11:15am - Noon (right after Basketball)

Where: Thompson Middle School gym, in Middletown, same place as last year

Cost: $20



CLICK HERE for the registration!

*Registration MUST be mailed by Dec.14, so don't delay!



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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