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Adaptive Boccie Clinic in New York City Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   



On September 16, 2017, the NYC Parks and Wheelchair Sports Federation hosted an Adaptive Boccie Clinic.  10 Adaptive Athletes met on that warm Saturday morning and played on an accessible Boccie Court in Marine Park in Brooklyn.  All the athletes learned how to play the age old game of Boccie and experienced the unique community that plays the sport throughout NYC on a daily basis.  For more information about the accessible Boccie Court go to https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/marine-park 





Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:20
Junior Nationals and International Track & Field Championships Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   


North Jersey Navigators Update: I would like to inform you that the Navigators’ performance at the 2017 Junior Nationals Championships in Wisconsin was outstanding!!.  We brought 18 athletes to the Junior Nationals Championships and the team netted a record of 179 medals (122 Gold, 39 Silver, and 18 Bronze).  We set several new national records and once again we placed first in the Large Team category.  This is the result of all our hard work; dedication and commitment to the North Jersey Navigators Paralympic Sport Program.  


In addition, two of our junior elite athletes, Miguel Jimenez-Vergara and Norris Foster, were selected as members of the Junior USA Paralympic Team that participated last week at the 2017 IPC Athletics Junior World Championships in Switzerland.  Miguel won 3 medals (2 Gold and 1 Silver) and Norris had an outstanding performance setting a new Americas Paralympic Record in the 100 meters for the T34 class.   Also one of our elite athletes and 2016 Paralympic Gold medalist, Gianfranco Iannotta, was selected as a member of the USA Paralympic Team that participated at the IPC Athletics World Championships in London last July.  Gianfranco won a Bronze medal in the 100 meters for the T52 class and he is currently ranked #2 in the world in the 100 meters.  The Navigators coaching staff is extremely pleased with the way our team members continue to improve and excel in Paralympic sports and we are very proud of our accomplishments competing at National and International levels. 

Visit our Facebook page for additional photos – https://www.facebook.com/northjersey.navigators


Thank you very much for your continued support!


Best regards,

Jimmy Cuevas

North Jersey Navigators Paralympic Sport Club

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 13:21
17th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


Over 50 wheelchair tennis players participated in the 17th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center in Queens, NY from Thursday June 8th to Sunday June 12th, 2016.  The list of all the winners is as follows:

Men’s A Singles Finalist & Doubles Winner - Patrick Donaghey

Men’s A Singles Winner & Doubles Winner - Kevin Green

Men’s A Consolation Winner - Cristobal Rivera


Men’s B Singles Winner & Doubles Winner - Jude Uwaize

Men's B Singles Finalist - Edy Lopez

Men's B Consolation Winner - Brian Davis

Men’s B Doubles Winner & Men's C Singles Finalist - Mende Wilson Vershima


Men’s C Singles Winner - Christopher St Remy

Men’s C Singles Finalist & Doubles Winner - Troy Weise

Men’s C Doubles Winner - Melissa Hoffman


Men’s D Singles Winner & Doubles Winner - Sasha Blair-Goldensohn

Men’s D Singles Finalist - Maximus Wong

Men’s D Doubles Winner - Karina Nikolakis


George McFadden Award - Hide Tanaka 

Al Youakim Spirit Award - Eric Adler 


All participants competed at the highest level and enjoyed playing at one of the best Tennis Facilities in the World.  Thanks to our sponsors for making it possible, USTA, Coca-Cola, All-American Bagel, NYC Parks and the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center.  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 14:50
Wheelchair Football at Forest Park NY Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
On Saturday July 15, 2017 at 1 pm at Victory Field at Forest Park in Queens, NY, Adaptive Athletes got together to play Wheelchair Football in the NYC Parks hosted Wheelchair Footballummer League Program.  Athletes picked sides and played as the Jets v Giants for over 3 hours.  They learned the fundamentals, ran drills and played a game on the hard court field created for Wheelchair Football use by the NYC Parks.
For more information, about future Wheelchair Football Games at Forest Park NY, please contact Rodolfo Guevara at (212) 360-3341


Eulogy for Denton Paul Johnson Print E-mail
Written by Janelle Henry   

Denton Paul Johnson departed this world on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  He entered eternal rest with the Lord, surrounded by family and smothered in love.  Today we do not mourn the physical loss of this wonderful man, but we gather to celebrate his selfless spirit… kindred soul… and a life well lived. 

He is free of medical complications… and no longer prisoner to his earthly body --  And if death imitates life in any way, we can be sure that he is on to his next adventure.

Denton was a leader, an adventurer, an inspiration… As well as a husband, a son, a brother, a step-father, an uncle, a cousin, a grandpa, a friend, and a child of God. 

And though he was many things to so many people, Denton Paul Johnson still managed to be one of a kind.

Even those who only met him in brief passing knew two universal truths about him:

1)      He had a smile that could light up any room

2)      The stories of his countless adventures were sure to awe everyone in that room.


And the greatest story of them all… HIS STORY.

Denton’s parents, Coralee and the late Eric Johnson, welcomed him into their family on October 2, 1956 in Kingston Jamaica. He attended school there until 1972, when as a teenager, he moved to the Bronx with his family.  He later moved to the Village of Port Chester, New York, where he resided for the remainder of his life. 

In 1975, at age 16, he graduated from Bulova School of Watchmakers in Woodside, Queens, New York and was their youngest graduate ever. He was a member of the Bulova Wheelchair Basketball team from 1973 to 1991, first as a coach and then later as a member of the Track & Field and Wheelchair Basketball teams. He was the holder of many National Records in Track & Field for Discus and Javelin.


In 1973, he joined the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Wheelchair Basketball team, now known as the Bulova Nets, until he retired in 2013. As a team captain he led the Suffolk Seagulls Team Handball to two National Championships in 2002 and 2003.


Additionally, Denton held many National Records and won numerous awards for Track & Field and Wheelchair Basketball.  He served on the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Organizing Committee and the Athlete Advisory Committee. 

In 1988, Denton became a member of the USA Paralympic Team that competed in Seoul, Korea. There he won Gold with a World Record throw in the Shot Putt event and Silver in Discus and Club Throw.

The winning streak continued when he nabbed Silver and Bronze medals in the 1992 Paralympics Games in Barcelona, Spain.  His medal count grew with a Silver in Discus in the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.  He also went on to compete in the 2000 Sydney, Australia Paralympic Games and became a member of the World Champion Teams of 1990, 1994 and 1998, where he won Silver and Bronze medals in the Discus, Shot Putt, and Javelin.

In 1990, Denton was a guest on "Night of a Hundred Stars " at Radio City Music Hall.  He held his own on the NBC telecast against a sea of celebrities including Muhammad Ali, Bon Jovi, Jerry Rice, and Jackie Joyner-Kersey.

Denton’s travels led him all over the world.  His charisma and his talents brought him to the center of many A-List circles, ranging from famous comics & musicians to movie stars and presidents.  The likes of Brooke Shields, Kid the Rapper, and even Bill, Hilary & Chelsea Clinton. 

From the Redwood Forest to the White House, from New Zealand and back to New York, Denton collected friends from every corner of the world.  Every person he met finally learned what everyone in this room has always known-- Denton Paul Johnson was one of a kind.

Above all accolades and allies, Denton Johnson was family.  Many of you know him from many different facets of life, but to me he was always just "Uncle D."  We shared many things: relatives, DNA… But the most important was our love of travel. I remember when I was little, he would spend hours recounting the places he had visited and the sites he had seen. One hour with uncle Denton was like having V.I.P. access to the Seven Wonders of the world!  Every time I left a visit with Uncle D, my “little bucket list" evolved into an ever-growing Rolodex.


The last time I saw uncle Denton was three weeks ago at Greenwich Hospital. He was still and quiet – the exact opposite of the man I knew growing up.  However, it was clearly the aftermath of a strong man with a strong will, refusing to give in to his illness until he had everything in order.  During the visit, he gestured to the corner of his room where there was a marker and a stack of wrinkled papers. I didn't understand, but I brought the stash to him.  With all the strength he could muster, he wrote three things: Redwood Forest. Golden Gate Bridge. Winding Road in San Fran.

I couldn't stop smiling. Even in his fragile state, he was adamant that he share his recommendations for my future travel "to-do" list.  After I read it, I looked at him and he was beaming from ear to ear – that iconic smile that we've all come to know and love.

That was the last memory that I'll have uncle Denton… And it was perfect.  And in many ways, very symbolic of his life.


That last moment reconfirmed the two universal truths we know about Denton:

1) He had a smile that could light up any room 

2) His countless adventures could awe anyone in that room. 

So now, as we use this time to reflect on what we will most fondly remember about Denton, I challenge you to not just mourn the loss of his physical presence, but celebrate a life well lived… And a spirit that lives on. And if we do that just right, then Denton will live on through us.

Smile more often… Or be the reason that someone smiles big enough to light up a room.

Stop talking about the things you would like to do "one day" and do it now.  

Join the basketball team… Take that trip… And if you ever actually make it to the Redwood Forest, take it all in-- because Denton would have wanted you to.


Uncle D, you are gone, but not forgotten.  - Rest in peace. 

Your radiant smile and gentle kindness will be etched in our hearts forever.

Your Loving Niece - Janelle Henry 

The family has asked in lieu of flowers, please give to the Wheelchair Sports Federation in Denton's name.  Wheelchair Sports Federation will miss his friendship, dedication, huge heart and even bigger laugh. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 July 2017 23:52
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