Matheny students and patients took home seven medals at the 2012 New Jersey Special Olympics Summer Games held at The College of New Jersey. Adult patient Shaleena Tomassini won two gold medals, one each in the 100m dash and the 50m dash; and students Yasin Reddick and Natalie Tomastyk each won golds in the 30m motorized slalom. Yasin also won a silver in the 50m motorized slalom. Community resident Bari Kim took home two gold medals in power lifting.
There was also a unified bocce team competition consisting of a four-person team, two patients and two recreation therapists. Adult patients Taty Manousakis and Jason Weiner teamed up with rec therapists Amy Beatty and Meghan Walsh to win a silver medal.
More than 2,400 athletes from across the state participated in the 2012 Summer Games. Matheny’s recreation therapy program provides our students and patients with a variety of recreational opportunities and resources to improve their physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being.