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Special needs youth encouraged to join the Challenger Baseball program   

The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is offering its baseball Little League Challenger Division for the special needs youth of the township again this spring following successful programs since 2007.  Registration for the program is now open, and the registration fee which includes a jersey, cap, and award for the Spring 2018 team has been waived due to fundraising efforts.  Registration to play, manage, umpire, assistant coach, serve as a team parent, or become a “buddy” to a player is online through Community Pass.  Registration information flyers can be downloaded from, click on “Residents” tab to “Forms Center” and then to “Recreation Department.” 

Registration for this program is only online through Community Pass so log on to                                  and if you already have an existing account, sign in or follow the prompts to set up your own personal account through the Jefferson Township community.  In either case, chose “Winter-Spring Season 2018” to register.  As there is no fee to participate, there will be no amount due.                          

If you experience difficulty in registering online, you can log on to, click on the “Form Center” link on the left side of the home page, and scroll down to the Recreation Department to find “Community Pass Online Registration Instructions” with step-by-step directions.  If you still need assistance, please contact the Recreation office at 973-663-8404 x4 or for assistance. 


            The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League Baseball to enable boys and girls with physical and mental disabilities to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.  Boys and girls ages 5 - 18 (or the completion of high school) with physical or mental challenges are invited to participate.  Scott Luker, a resident of Jefferson Township, will return as director of the league.   

            Over the years, The Challenger Division has removed the barriers that keep children off the baseball field and being treated just like all the other kids.  Players have the opportunity to participate in Tee Ball, Coach-Pitch, or Player-Pitch levels with the option to use the “buddy” system for assistance on the field.  Players wear the same uniforms and use the same equipment as other Little Leaguers, every player on the roster plays the entire game, and no score is kept. In addition, the program has been proven therapeutic, strengthens self-esteem, encourages teamwork and sportsmanship, and provides a new avenue of socialization. 

            For information about Jefferson’s league contact Mr.  Luker at 973-270-8356 or e-mail him at You can also call the Jefferson Township Recreation office at 973-663-8404.

        Basketball and gym activities offered to special needs children
The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is accepting registrations for a 2016-2017 winter season of its successful Challenger Basketball and Gym Activities program for special needs childrenParents of boys and girls age 5 – 18 (or the completion of high school) with physical or mental challenges are invited to join this program.  Tom DeVries, a resident of Jefferson Township, will manage the league.  

The activities will begin in the White Rock Elementary School’s Lower Gym, 2 Francine Place, Milton/Oak Ridge) on Saturday, December 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 am and continue on Saturdays until March 11 (however, the program will not meet on December 24 and 31).

Starting on Tuesday, January 3, the program will also run every Tuesday evening from 6 to 7:30 pm at Cozy Lake School, 205 Cozy Lake Road, Milton/Oak Ridge, until February 28.     
This program offers players the chance to participate in one of the most popular sports worldwide – basketball.  Participants will play with the same equipment and by the same rules as in any basketball game with the exception that they have the option to use the “buddy” system for assistance.  Every player on the roster plays in the game, and no score is kept.  Thanks to fundraising efforts by the Challenger League’s parent group led by Scott Luker, the normal registration fee for this program will be waived for the ninth consecutive                                                                                 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Registration forms to play, manage, umpire, assistant coach, serve as a team parent, or become a “buddy” to a player are available at the Jefferson Township Recreation office located at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road as well as in the lobby display racks at the Jefferson Township Municipal Building and the Jefferson Township Public Library.  Registration forms will be posted in the Virtual Backpack section of the Jefferson Township school district’s website at  as well. You can also print the application form from the township website at by going to the link entitled “Forms Center”   and then scrolling to the “Recreation Department.”

If you would like a registration form mailed or e-mailed to you, please contact Mr. DeVries at 973-208-7762 or, the Jefferson Township Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 ext 4, or  

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