Athletics and Fitness

JESPY’s Athletics and Fitness Program emphasizes overall physical fitness, health and wellness, and development of social skills.

Sports Activities

JESPY clients of all levels of abilities enjoy the team spirit, sportsmanship and opportunity to engage with other athletes across New Jersey and beyond. Approximately 80 men and women participate on the following teams:

Basketball      Bocce      Bowling      Cheerleading      Golf

Soccer      Softball      Tennis      Track & Field      Volleyball

Team sports evolve each year as the clients’ interests change.  Volleyball and golf were the latest popular additions, and clients are extremely fond of basketball.

For clients who may not be ready to, or do not wish to, compete in league play, they have the flexibility to:

  • participate in team practice without the commitment to a full schedule
  • travel with the team to sporting events.

Special Olympics

For more than 20 years, JESPY House has been proud to be a participant in the Special Olympics New Jersey Games.  We represent the largest group of athletes in Essex County and continue to be successful in many events, with a long history of excellence in athletics.

  • In 2017, JESPY clients were chosen to carry the torch and lead the athletes in reciting the Special Olympics Oath at the Essex County opening ceremony.
  • Five JESPY athletes were chosen to participate in the 2018 National Special Olympics Games in Seattle, Washington.

The sibling of a JESPY athlete described the delight she experienced as her brother got ready for a Special Olympics weekend: “I dropped him off at JESPY and the excitement from our clients was deafening. They proudly wore their team shirts and hats. They are a part of something and together they are now whole.”

In March 2019, JESPY client Jane Clark won several medals (bronze, silver) and 4th place in singles at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. She competed in the sport of bowling. Jane also recently won a Gold medal at the Special Olympics – Area 6 competition in New Jersey. 

Photo courtesy of Landa Gann.


Exercise and Fitness

Large group physical fitness and nutrition activities are available to all as an integral part of JESPY’s Athletics, Day Habilitation, and Social Wellness and Expressive Arts Programs.



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