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SEA ISLE CITY — Hoping to start a summer basketball clinic for children with special needs, seasonal owner Mary Shields contacted the City’s Community Services Department/Recreation Division and asked how to make this dream a reality.
After explaining how she was involved in a similar program near her home in Pennsylvania, Ms Shields was assured by city officials that a special needs basketball program could – and would – be developed for the summer 2022. Ultimately, the clinic was held on Wednesday evenings at the Dealy Field Recreation Complex in July and August.
“We were very pleased to work with Mary and bring the Sea Isle City Shooting Stars program to fruition,” said organizer Christie Ostrander, of the Sea Isle Recreation Office. “We were fortunate to be able to partner with Mike’s Seafood Run-Walk for Autism, who purchased supplies for this program through donations specifically made for Shooting Stars.”
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“We were also very grateful to receive a variety of support from local businesses, organizations and families in our community – they really showed what the spirit of Sea Isle City is,” Ms Ostrander added. “We had wonderful volunteers, young and old, who showed incredible kindness and commitment to the players – and the players, who had various disabilities, were an inspiration to us all. .”
“It was an incredible success,” said Ms. Shields, who led each of the clinics, assisted by a team of volunteers and Recreation Bureau staff. “The community coming together and everyone working together is what made it a success. My favorite thing was watching the volunteers interact with the players – it’s heartwarming, especially seeing the engagement of young volunteers and seeing friendships grow. I can’t say how special it was, but I’ll be back next year – with the bells ringing.
The Community Services Department / Sea Isle City Recreation Division would like to thank everyone who has shown their support for the 2022 Shooting Stars Program including: Bubba Dogs Hot Dogs, The Deauville Inn, The Desiderio Family, The Dreyer Family, William Dengler , Fudgy Wudgy Man Ice Cream, Marlena Heller, Island Trophys, Mike’s Seafood Run-Walk for Autism, Denise Opiela, Sea Isle City Police Department, Sea Isle City Emergency Medical Services Division, The Shields Family, Yesterday’s Creekside Tavern, VFW Post 1963 Veterans and VFW Post 1963 Auxiliary. Other community members also donated bottled water, snacks and other items – which were also greatly appreciated.
To find out more about the events and activities taking place in Sea Isle City, visit VISITSICNJ.com. To contact the Sea Isle City Recreation Office, call 609-263-0050.