Special Needs Programs

ALL STAR SOCCER

All Star Soccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community based program that is designed to meet the needs of children and young adults that have physical and/or intellectual disabilities. It is sponsored by the Law Offices of Posternock and Apell, PC and supported with the collaboration of the Maple Shade Soccer Club and the Moorestown Department of Parks and Recreation.

Dates:  Will return Spring, 2023  Times: 10:00 - 11:00 am   Fee: FREE - Registration is required    Location:  Moorestown Recreation Center Gym - 111 West Second Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057

Participants:  Any child/young adult with a disability ages 3-21 years old. Disabilities might include but not limited to:

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Sight or Hearing Impaired
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Behavioral Disabilities
  • Anxiety Disorder

What Parents Can Expect:

  • It will be a fun and meaningful experience for their child.
  • The games and activities will be adapted in ways that ensure the child will learn at his/her own pace.
  • Practices and games will be organized.
  • The program will improve the overall fitness, self-esteem and social skill of the child.

We are also looking for 'Buddy' volunteers to assist the players and have fun sharing in the games!  If you are interested in being a buddy or for more information please contact Coach Becca Small at rebecca76.dm@gmail.com or (856)285-9409. 

Summer Camp - History of Special Needs Summer Camp:  Since 2008, the Department of Parks and Recreation has offered a comprehensive summer camp for children with special needs during the month of July. In order to offer families a low-cost summer camp option, it has always been subsidized, either privately or through government funding. It started with an $8,000 grant from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs with a twenty percent match from the Township of Moorestown. Ten children participated the first year. Shortly thereafter, state funding decreased. In 2011, the Moorestown Education Foundation, along with many private donations provided a mini-grant of $3,000 to keep the program going. The fee at that time was $75.00 for the full 4-week program per participant for residents and non-residents. Field trips, special events and door to door bus transportation was included.

In 2013, Brian and Kimberly Fischel launched the Sean Fischel Connect Foundation (SFC) and organized a 5K RUN/1 Mile Walk in memory of their son Sean Fischel. From this annual event, SFC made a very generous donation and camp participation grew substantially over the years. This funding source for summer camp continued through 2018. In 2019, Jay and Lisa O'Donnell began the non-profit, Mission Voice, and continued the tradition with a fundraiser 5K/1 Mile Walk event that raised $40,000. We were able to register 55 children and teens for an awesome camp!  In 2020, we offered a virtual camp and in 2021 resumed our in-person camp that was funded by Mission Voice.

Challenger Baseball, Sponsored By: The Catanella Family - This seven week program began the fall of 2018 and continued in 2019 and 2021 on Saturdays at Pryor Park baseball field for individual’s ages 5 through young adult. Participants receive a shirt and hat and there is an end of the season party at the Recreation Center with a catered lunch and trophies. Registration is required but there is no fee.

S.M.A.S.H. (Social Meeting after School Hours), Sponsored By The Monica Buckley Foundation
Sponsored By The Monica Buckley Foundation
Activities will include Karate, Music, Art, Yoga, Cooking, Pre-vocational Activities and Games. If you are new to the program, please email Cyndi Roberts at cbritton@moorestown.nj.us.
LOCATION: Moorestown Recreation Center, 111 W. Second Street
AGES: High School special needs students and young adults. Open to residents and non-residents if space is available.
TRANSPORTATION:  Participants are transported by bus from the Moorestown High School to the Church Street Recreation Center.  Moorestown participants are transported home by bus after the program ends.
QUESTIONS OR TO VOLUNTEER r - Contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 856-914-3093.
REGISTRATION:  Click to visit our registration site & sign up

S.M.A.S.H. Too (Social Meeting after School Hours), Sponsored By: The Catanella Family
Sponsored By The Catanella Family
Activities will include Karate, Music, Art, Yoga, Pre-vocational Activities and Games. Cyndi Roberts will be reaching out to you once you are registered for more information on your child.
LOCATION: Moorestown Recreation Center, 111 W. Second Street
AGES: Middle School special needs students. Open to residents and non-residents if space is available.
TRANSPORTATION:  Participants are transported by bus from the William Allen Middle School to the Church Street Recreation Center.  Moorestown participants are transported home by bus after the program ends.
QUESTIONS OR TO VOLUNTEER - Contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 856-914-3093.
REGISTRATION: Click to visit our registration site & sign up

Holiday Party - This started in December 2007.  The party is held on the 3rd floor of the Church Street Recreation Center and is open to participants and their families.  This year, the party is scheduled for Sunday, December 11, 2022, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  No fee to attend.  This year's DJ will be sponsored by the Posternock Apell Law Firm and lunch will be sponsored by Quaker Wealth Management.