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 WASUSA2015 Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports USA NJDCTM NJ

In support of our mission to enhance the lives of children with physical disabilities and visual impairments, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Children's Specialized Hospital will host the 2015 Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports USA (WASUSA),  National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) in July in New Jersey.  This is the fifth time that New Jersey has had the opportunity to showcase this great event.  The Championships certainly benefit the athletes, coaches, and family members who participate, but it also touches the lives of our community who play a significant role in our success.   We are committed to making this an outstanding event in terms of competition, enduring friendships, and lasting memories. 

NJDC helps to promote awareness of the Paralympic movement and increase participation in Paralympic sports programs for youth with disabilities.  Paralympic sports provide tremendous benefits for youth with disabilities; it can help control obesity, promote activeness, and increase self-esteem and social skills.

NJDCTM New Venues in New Jersey But the Games Are Not New To New Jersey

Children's Specialized Hospital will, for the 5th time, host NJDCTM in New Jersey.
Children's hosted the Games in the past at:
  - Rider University         - 1987
  - Princeton University  - 1991
  - Rutgers University     - 2001
  - Rutgers University     - 2008
  - Union County           - 2015

NJDCTM Past:                                                                                     WASUSA

The National Junior Disability Championships (NJDCTM) began in July of 1984 and consisted of only three events sanctioned by Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA (WASUSA) for wheelchair athletes ages 7 to 19.

Since that time, the NJDCTM have grown to include over 250 athletes with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, amputations, limb deficiencies, and other congenital anomalies from all over the United States and several foreign countries. The age range for participation is now 7-22 years. The NJDCTM is owned by WASUSA. At each NJDC, competitions can be held in Olympic-style events including archery, powerlifting, swimming,
table tennis, and track and field.

Edition Year Location city / state Venues Host
1st 1984 Delaware
2nd 1985 Fishersville, Virginia
3rd 1986 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
4th 1987 Lawrenceville, New Jersey Rider College Children's Specialized Hospital
5th 1988 Johnson City, Tennessee East Tennessee State University
6th 1989 Cupertino, California De Anza College
7th 1990 Ft. Collins, Colorado Colorado State University
8th 1991 Princeton, New Jersey Princeton University Children's Specialized Hospital
9th 1992 Orlando, Florida Walt Disney World
10th 1993 Columbus, Ohio Ohio State University
11th 1994 Edmond, Oklahoma University of Central Oklahoma
12th 1995 Ft. Collins, Colorado Colorado State University
13th 1996 Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham Area Lakeshore Foundation
14th 1997 Mesa, Arizona Mesa High School Arizona Disabled Sports
15th 1998 Bellevue, Washington
16th 1999 Albuquerque, New Mexico  
17th 2000 San Jose, California San Jose State University City of San Jose
18th 2001 Piscataway, New Jersey Rutgers University Children's Specialized Hospital
19th 2002 New London, Connecticut Connecticut College CP Conn.
20th 2003 New London, Connecticut Connecticut College CP Conn.
21st 2004 Mesa, Arizona Mountain View High School Arizona Disabled Sports
22nd 2005 Tampa, Florida New Tampa YMCA
University of South Florida
Shriners Hospital, Tampa
23rd 2006 Tampa, Florida Freedom High Shool
New Tampa YMCA
Shriners Hospital, Tampa
24th 2007 Spokane, Washington Spokane Area Spokane Adaptive Sports
25th 2008 Piscataway, New Jersey Rutgers University Children's Specialized Hospital
26th 2009 St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Area DASA
27th 2010 Deerfield and Lake Forest, Illinois Deerfield High School
Hyatt Deerfield
Lake Forest High School
GLASA - Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association
28th 2011 Saginaw, Michigan Saginaw State University  
29th 2012 Mesa, Arizona Mesa Community College Arizona Disabled Sports
30th 2013 Rochester, Minnesota Century High School
Rochester Recreation Center
UCR Regional Sports Center
Rochester Amateur Sports Commission
31st 2014 Ames, Iowa Cyclone Sports Complex
Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
Iowa State University
Adaptive Sports Iowa
Iowa State University
Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau