Matheny Athlete Selected as Member
Of National Special Olympics Team


Shaleena Tomassini, receiving her award
at the Burke Wheelchair Games.

Shaleena Tomassini, an adult resident at  Matheny, has been selected to represent Team New Jersey at the 2014 National Special Olympics. The 30-year-old Tomassini, who will be participating in track & field, is the first athlete from Matheny to participate in the national games, which will be held in various locations in New Jersey in June 2014. Team New Jersey members will be introduced at the Rutgers-Temple football game on November 2 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, NJ. Tomassini also recently received a trophy designating her as Top Outstanding Adult Female of the Day at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Wheelchair Games in White Plains, NY.

Matheny's  patients and students participate in Special Olympics and other athletic competitive events as part of Matheny‚Äôs recreation therapy program, which provides them with a variety of recreation opportunities and resources to improve their physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being.

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