Special Needs Champions Program 2017-18 Season

Players with different developmental, social and emotional abilities and their families will find a warm, welcoming community in our coed Champions Division, now gearing up for its 19th season.

Division manager Ken McGrory has created a dynamic program—from the first teaching clinics to the end-of-season celebration—carefully designed to adapt to the needs of each participant. The program has succeeded in strengthening participants’ confidence, attention and social skills while developing their athletic abilities.


Last season, the Champions Division consisted of approximately 150 participants from all five boroughs who played within three sub-groups: Rising Stars, ages 5 to 10; Juniors, ages 11 to 15, and Seniors, ages 16 to 25. We anticipate a similar structure this season. Group assignments are determined by various factors—size, ability, social concerns—and are mutually agreed upon by coaches and parents.

Dates, time, location

The season starts Saturday, December 2, 2017 and ends Saturday, March 17, 2018. There is no program December 23 and 30.

All activities in the Champions Division take place Saturdays at PS 163, located on West 97th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. Within that time frame each sub-group has an assigned time slot of 60 or 90 minutes.

Special features

  • All-volunteer program
  • Everyone welcome: all ages, all skill levels
  • Individual attention
  • Buddy system: older players, siblings and high school and adult volunteers partner with all of the Champions in order to boost their understanding of basketball basics and to help them develop athletic skills, learn about sportsmanship and improve their communication skills both on and off the court.


For additional information, contact Ken McGrory via email or call 917-592-9665.


To register by mail, download the Special Needs Registration Form.

For eligible players, please download the Scholarship Request form here.

Mail & Drop off

Mail or drop off hard copy registration forms:
Safe Haven West Side Basketball League,
c/o Copy Experts
2440 Broadway, Box 257, New York, NY 10024.

Copy Experts is located on Broadway at 90th Street and is open every day.

This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.