Big wheels

Shaleena Tommassini

Every year, the  Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY, hosts its Wheelchair Games, bringing wheelchair athletes together to complete in a variety of athletic events including several races and a slalom obstacle course.

This year, four Matheny athletes competed in wheelchair races and dashes, the slalom obstacle course and the shotput. They also enjoyed carnival games and a magic show. Adult patient Shaleena Tommassini received a trophy designating her as Top Outstanding Adult Female of the day.

Participation in events such as the Burke Wheelchair Games is made possible through Matheny’s recreation therapy program, which provides our students and patients with a variety of opportunities and resources to improve their physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being.

Yasin Reddick