Challenged Youth Sports: Our 1st Accessible Playground

Challenger Place - Dorbrook Park
"Do you know anyone who can get a playground made for disabled kids for our school? I think they should be able to play on playgrounds also. They deserve it. Just because they're disabled doesn't mean they can't have fun on playgrounds. Please help them. Thank you."

               - 4th Grader at Nutswamp School, Middletown, NJ

This letter, among others, was forwarded to Paul Hooker, who founded the Challenged Youth Sports program for children in the Middletown, NJ area. Paul and his wife Margo read the letters, and said "you know, so many times we've faced a challenge like this and we NEVER started with 'how are we going to do this?' because it's simply too daunting a question. We always asked ourselves 'should this be done?', and if the answer is yes, then we know we'll find a way." Paul and Margo resolved that they'd build a playground for children of all abilities, and worked passionately with the Monmouth County Parks and Recreation System, the NJ Green Acres program, and countless volunteers and private donors to make this a reality. It's a testament to Margaret    Mead's famous quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." This was the first such playground in New Jersey. Paul and Margo are now embarking on a new project - to build another such playground in Eatontown, NJ. Please consider a donation to make this possible (see "Make a Donation" tab on the left, or click here to make a secure online donation using PayPal.)


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Major donors
This plaque recognizes those corporations and individuals who helped make Challenger Place possible.

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Wheelchair-accessible playground area

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Opening Day Press Coverage