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Holiday Hoop Dreams

Sean Bielefeldt and adult patient
Amanda Kochell with, from left,
Brian Hardin, Billy Carroll and
Steve DeLosa.

Members of the Delbarton School varsity basketball team from Morristown, NJ, made their annual visit to Matheny in December to display some of their on-court moves and compete with Matheny students and patients in adapted versions of the sport.  The adapted basketball contests, developed by Matheny School phys ed instructor Jim Hintenach and Matheny recreation therapy director Sean Bielefeldt, are designed to level the playing field so the two groups can compete meaningfully. The annual assembly, with audience members wearing jerseys from their favorite teams, has become a much-anticipated event.

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Ryan Curran shoots from a sitting
position on the Matheny Arts Center stage.