2015 Charities

Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey
Heroes and Cool Kids
Wayne Little League: Challenger Division
Roll Call Wheelchair Dance

Children’s Aid and Family Services

The Janet Zilinski Memorial Fund
Matesic Children’s College Fund 
Apreda Family Trust
Rockland County Challenger Little League
TOPsoccer Project of Teaneck’s Junior Soccer League

 

Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey

As many following sports today, the issue of concussions and brain injuries is on the forefront of issues faced in sports today.  The alliance programs include support services, injury prevention, and education throughout the state of New Jersey.  They also have programs for athletes that have received brain injuries.  The TREK program provides an independent and skill building experience for these injured athletes providing a respite from their parents.  Most recently, the Alliance was involved in the passing of a ski helmet law in New Jersey, and the 2010 New Jersey Concussion Law, designed to protect the student athlete.

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Wayne Little League: Challenger Division

Every season, Wayne Little League hosts between 25 and 30 players from Bergen and Passaic County that are either mentally or physically challenged.  These players range in age from 8 to 18 years old.  These divisions also have a large number of volunteers that assist the athletes.  It is a great opportunity for them to get out and play.

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Heroes and Cool Kids

Heroes and Cool kids is a mentoring program that was co-founded 17 years ago by former Jet great Bruce Harper.  Accomplished professional athletes such as Giants Keith Elias and many others as mentors over high school students.  These high school students form the backbone of the program as they are trained to be mentors to younger children.   They provide a support system to the young child that may not have a proper system in place.  The curriculum focuses and many areas including bullying, childhood obesity, and drug and alcohol abuse.

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Roll Call Wheelchair Dance

Roll Call provides quality dance instructions to those living with paralysis and disabilities.   The activity breaks barriers, builds confidence, reduces social isolation and builds trust.  Participants report improved strength, flexibility, energy, less stress and depression.  The participants enjoy the experience and provide happiness to the families.   This was the brainchild of a married couple where the groom, confined to a wheelchair due to an accident, who danced with his bride on their wedding day.  This story and cause has been featured on ABC 20/20.

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Children’s Aid and Family Services

This is a private, not for profit agency that assists individuals of all ages, so they can live and thrive in communities, and has done so for over 100 years.  The mission is to preserve, protect and provide families with preventative, therapeutic, and counseling programs.  We help strengthen the family, and thereby, the entire community by promoting social adjustment, economic productivity and personal growth.  Agency offers over twenty different programs in two focused areas, Children’s Services, and Family and Community Services.

 

 

The Janet Zilinski Memorial Fund

The fund was created in August of 2006 after she collapsed while jogging at a cheerleader practice, and passed away 45 minutes later in the hospital of a cardiac arrest, she was eleven years old.  It took EMS technicians over 20 minutes to arrive and it was too late.  If the facility had an Automated External Defibrillator, she may have survived.   The Janet Fund raises awareness of the warning signs to both the youth and their parents.  The fund has already donated approximately 200 machines to date. 

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Matesic Children’s College Fund

The fund was created when the Matesic children lost their father, Walter, to brain cancer on May 31st of this year.  There are four children in all, one is a college graduate, one currently attends college,  one is in high school, and the youngest, is in elementary school.  The Matesics are well known in the two of Paramus as they have been very involved in youth sports.  The boys have all played in the BCCC for several years.  Walter was a gregarious person and is terribly missed by family and friends.

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Apreda Family Trust

Phil Apreda was a a volunteer baseball coach for many years for Teaneck Southern Baseball.  After his untimely passing, his friends put The Apreda Family Trust Fund to help pay for the children’s college tuition.

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 Rockland County Challenger Little League

The Rockland County Challenger Little League was founded in 1993 to bring the Little League Challenger Program to the residents of the county.  Since its inception, the league has had over 1,000 participants to date.  This worthy endeavor have provided mentally and physically handicapped athletes to participate and achieve success.

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 Teaneck Junior Soccer League: Top Soccer Program

The program offers disabled children between the ages 4 ½ and 18 the opportunity to participate in the sport of soccer.   The children play in a safe environment giving each participant the opportunity to succeed in a sport.  The Top Soccer Program is the only NJYS/USSF accredited program in the area.  All of our coaches are nationally certified and also participate in the Buddy program. 

To learn more, visit www.teanecksoccer.com