Special Needs Program Comes to the JCC
Our JCC family is delighted to be the new home of the Bridgewater Rising Tide, a volunteer organization that aids swimmers with special needs. Our fantastic coaches are dedicated to bringing pride into the lives of all involved. Together, the JCC staff and members seek to provide an enriching and welcoming environment for swimmers with special needs of all ages and all abilities.
The JCC’s aquatic director, Stephanie Johnson, re-established the disbanded swim team, initially associated with another facility. Ms. Johnson said “Why not start a Special Olympics swim teams at the JCC? Why not help out in the community?” The Somerset County Special Olympics area directors, Chris and Larry Hanko, contacted Ms. Johnson and asked her to take over the team. There are a few JCCs with Special Olympic swim teams, but there aren’t a lot. There are currently ten coaches: Jenn Doorly, Jonah Friedman, Abby Herman, Danielle Hoffner, Stephanie Johnson, Kelsey Kirchner, Paulette Kirchner, Shelby Kopman, Hannah Lesser, and Josh Pica. Stephanie expressed that she is just ‘so excited to be their new home. I am honored to be a part of something so rewarding and beneficial to the community.”
The 15 current athletes will be participating in the area swim meet on March 7, which will be held at Montgomery High School. Our hardworking participants practice on Sunday mornings, at the Bridgewater JCC, from 10-11. For more information you can check out their newly launched Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/JCCBridgewaterRisingTide. If you are an athlete or know an athlete that would be interested in joining please contact Stephanie Johnson, Aquatics Director at 908-725-6994 X230 or SJohnson@ssbjcc.org.
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Swimmers and Coaches of the Rising Tide: