Asbury Park Press – Inclusive kickball game at Toms River’s Field of Dreams perfect for teachers, students

What’s so special about a humble game of kickball?

Well, the game at Toms River’s RWJBarnabas Field of Dreams between Toms River High School East and Wall High School on Tuesday morning featured students receiving special services, combined with kids in the general population. It was an inclusive game played under the aegis of Unified Sports, an initiative of the Special Olympics.

Read the rest of the article here. – Kickball Brings Joy for Unified Sports Students from Brick

The high school band played cheer-inducing music, and the cheerleaders led chants timed to the music, as fans lining the field cheered for their players.

But the loudest sound Tuesday night at the Field of Dreams was joy captured in the laughter of the students playing in the Unified Sports Kickball games at the complex designed for families of those with special needs.

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TRSchools – Unified Sports Debuts Within District

At High School East, games of flag football, soccer, basketball, and kickball have taken place throughout the school year. This is business as usual, of course, except that these particular games have been fully inclusive, involving students receiving special services and general population students, managed and facilitated by student and staff mentors, with paraprofessionals and nurses on site. They’ve been among the most popular activities the school has hosted all year.

Read the rest of the article here. – Todd Frazier pitches at the RWJBarnabas Health Field of Dreams

Sixty miles from Citizens Bank Park, the night after the Astros combined for a no-hitter in Game 4 of the World Series, two-time MLB All-Star Todd Frazier took the mound himself at The RWJBarnabas Health Field of Dreams.

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92.7 WOBM – Toms River Warriors “Special Team” Takes Down Rutgers

Earlier this week a group of Rutgers Scarlet Knights football players made the trip down to play a game against the Toms River Warriors Inspirational Team…a group of players between 10 and 21 who love playing football.

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ABC 7 – Field of Dreams is heaven on Earth for special-needs families

“Is this Heaven?”

It’s a valid question standing amid the ball field, basketball hoops, bocce court, pavilion, mini golf course, and state-of-the-art special needs playground that comprise the RWJBarnabas Health Field of Dreams. But if you glanced at co-founder Christian Kane, the Kevin Costner of this family sports saga, he’d shake his head and smile. 

“It’s New Jersey.”

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Please assist in preventing any child or person from climbing our fence and using the complex

Dear Parents and Participants of TRFC,

The Toms River Field of Dreams Foundation along with RWJBH Field of Dreams at the Ocean Orthopedic Associates Complex is asking for your help.

We ask that you please assist in preventing any child or person from climbing our fence and using the complex.

This complex is NOT PUBLIC. This complex is a PRIVATE SPECIAL NEEDS complex.

This complex is specifically designed to assist individuals living with a special need. The amount of usage this complex will receive from the Special Needs Community in surrounding counties will be extreme.

To ensure the equipment and flooring will last, we must limit over usage of the park!

Please note, our members are unable to utilize parks similar to CASTLE PARK.

We thank you for your help in this matter.

TRFOD Board members

NJTVOnline – Watch Episode 21 featuring Toms River Field of Dreams

Life changed instantly for Christian Kane’s family when their infant son Gavin suffered a brain injury leaving him unable to walk or talk. Christian now works tirelessly to make his community more inclusive and accessible to those with disabilities. According to Christian, “Just because you have a traumatic brain injury doesn’t mean the game is over, it just means it’s a different game.”