Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey
Heroes and Cool Kids
Samantha Rose Reverand Foundation
The Philip Mazzo Sr. Memorial Foundation
The David Feit Memorial Foundation
District 6 Challenger
Rich Van Cleft Memorial Fund
Carolyn Sullivan Memorial Fund
Purritano Scholarship Fund
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.
The Reeve Foundation’s Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) promotes the health and well-being of people living with a spinal cord injury, mobility impairment, and paralysis by providing comprehensive information, resources and referral services.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions made to it are fully tax-deductible.
This year, the BCCC has worked closely with the Reeve Foundation to target a Bergen County family who has suffered from Paralysis.
To learn more about the Reeve Foundation, visit them at http://www.christopherreeve.org
An estimated 3.17 Million Americans suffer life long disabilities as a result of brain injuries. A concussion is the most common type of brain injury and should be taken seriously. While concussions are not limited to athletics, athletes are more prone to concussions and therefore should be monitored closely.
New Jersey has recently passed a new law to protect young athletes from the dangers of sports related concussions. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the law into place on Tuesday December 10, 2010 at a press conference held at the New Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford.
The law, which was first introduced by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and later Senator Dick Codey, requires the development of an interscholastic athletic head injury safety training program. It also requires certain measures to protect student athletes with concussion and requires continuing education for athletic trainers. Click here to read the entire law
With the help of the BCCC, The Brain Injury Association of New Jersey will pay for 300 Impact Tests for students in Bergen County. To learn more about the Impact Tests, click here, or visit the home page of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey.
EDSAF is dedicated to providing assistance to persons residing in the Borough of Emerson, Bergen County, New Jersey, who are attending or who attended a primary or secondary school in Emerson when such person became disabled and who now has a long term or permanent disability. The trustees of EDSAF will evaluate any request for benefits upon the submission of an application in light of the applicant’s perceived need and expected benefit of receiving the grant, taking into account EDSAF’s overall financial abilities and the expected number of applicants.
In the summer of 2003, one of Emerson’s students was spending a day at the beach in Belmar, New Jersey. The young lady dove into the surf, hitting an unexpected sandbar with enough force to shatter one vertebra in her neck and fracture three others. This accident has left her paralyzed with limited use of her arms and hands and no movement in her fingers or legs, wheelchair bound for the rest of her life! Going into her senior year, she was the catcher and clean-up hitter on the high school softball team, never to play again. Concerned coaches, players, teachers, administrators, and people of the community banded together to form a non-profit, tax free charitable organization to help and support her and any other Emerson student in a similar predicament.
"The goal of Heroes & Cool Kids is to promote pro-social behavior in students and to create a caring and disciplined school climate"
Heroes & Cool Kids, which began operating during the 1998-99 school year, is a not-for-profit organization based in New Jersey. The program utilizes the services of current and former professional athletes whose personal life experiences enable them to train high school student leaders.
The athletes train high school students to mentor middle school students on important life skills, including sportsmanship, conflict resolution and positive lifestyle choices highlighting drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention.
The program runs each school year from November until May.
Heroes & Cool Kids is currently implemented in nine counties around New Jersey. The athletes and high school students make three site visits to the middle schools each year.
To prepare, the high school students must complete three training conferences before mentoring the middle school students. These conferences are held at the Vonation (Vonage in Holmdel, NJ) and at Bergen Community College in Paramus.
Meaningful Movement offers dance classes, such as wheelchair dance and musical choreography, to students with a variety of challenges, including autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and other neurological and developmental issues. Classes are provided to assist the students both physically and socially. The students gain a better self-image through these classes, performances in front of audiences, and other activities. Speech and language skills are also enhanced as a variety of tools are used to help the non-verbal students to communicate (such as sign language and photo boards). The staff believes in each student’s ability to learn and grow.
Samantha Rose Reverand passed away August 21, 2002 at the age of 9. Samantha was an excellent athlete, a hard working student & a loving daughter. In her memory, her family established The Samantha Rose Reverand Foundation. This foundation is set up to be a Sports/Arts/Academic/Need based college scholarship award. The first awards have been given to the graduating class of 2011. Preparations for the 2012 awards have begun. All moneys donated to the fund will be awarded as college scholarships. The Samantha Rose Reverand Foundation would like to thank all involved for making this a successful program.
To make donations directly to the foundation, please mail them to:
The Samantha Rose Reverand Foundation
145 Woodland Rd.
Demarest, NJ 07627
The Philip Mazzo Sr. Memorial Foundation was started in memory of Philip Mazzo Sr. to allow the spirit and dedication that Phil demonstrated to live on in the Bergen County youth who suffer from rare genetic disorders that limit their ability to participate in the sports that they love.
The PMSM Foundation works to help families with children who have rare genetic disorders by providing monetary and voluntary assitance to improve areas of the children’s lifes that otherwise the family would not be able to afford. The areas include, but are not limited to, transportation for medical purposes, purchasing new equipment / medical items and helping kids get access to top doctors in their respective disease states.
The DFM Foundation was established in his honor. A Board of Directors has been appointed. Our mission is to raise and distribute funds with the same spirit and vision with which David lived his life. Our prime focus is to donate monies to charities and organizations that place a particular emphasis on youth activities or helping children in need.
The Little League Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.
Seven years ago, District 6 Administrator, Tom Marguccio determined that District 6 should establish a Challenger Division, to serve the children with special needs in our area of Bergen County. After a year-long effort to establish the Challenger Division by well-meaning volunteers failed, Tom was introduced to Ita Saldana, a member of the Edgewater Little League, herself, the mother of a child with Autism. Ita volunteered to help organize and set-up the Challenger Division.
Literally weeks after Ita’s involvement, the District 6 Challenger Division was established, children were registered and our weekly schedule of games began, using the Edgewater Little League field as our "Home" site. Ita, became, and has remained, the District 6 Challenger Director.
This year, our Challenger Division was faced with a challenge of its own. The Edgewater Little League field — where all the District 6 Challenger games are played — was closed due to possible soil contamination, leaving us without a field to play on. The County field is available for us, but the fees would have made using the field prohibitive if not impossible, as we do not charge any fees for participation in our Challenger program, and rely on donations from a small list of sponsors, and the generosity of the Little Leagues within our District.
The BCCC heard about our problem through Dave Rueger of the Teaneck Southern Little League, and voted to give us a $5,000 donation to pay for the County field fees. The generosity of the BCCC literally saved our Challenger season.
The success of the District 6 Challenger Division is immeasurable. Not only do these amazing children get to learn and play baseball and share the joys of this wonderful sport, but many others benefit as well. Our "Buddies"— the kids who help the Challenger player bat, run the bases, and play defense — have learned a tremendous life-lesson and enjoy memories that will last a lifetime. The parents of our Challenger kids get to see their children play and interact with others, and share in the joy these games create. And the coaches and folks who man the refreshment stand — and all the other volunteers — realize they participate in a very special program, that provides them with a feeling of accomplishment and joy that is simply impossible to articulate.
From all of us at The District 6 Challenger Division, we wish to convey our our heartfelt thanks and endless appreciation to the BCCC for its generosity. Your organization has always been respected for its charitable efforts on behalf of student athletes and Bergen County youth sports. You now have a whole new legion of fans at The District 6 Challenger Division, and you have our undying and eternal gratitude.
D6 Challenger League
PO Box 366
Edgewater, NJ 07020
Rich Van Cleft was an integral part of sports in Cresskill. He was a great coach, father and husband, and he was taken away from his family and the family of Cresskill too early. At the age of 46, Rich suffered an aneurysm in his brain while working on a construction job at a synagogue. Nobody could have been prepared for that day. The Rich Van Cleft Memorial Fund was established to help provide further education for Rich’s kids.
It is the mission of the Foundation to improve the quality of life for children battling illness, and let them know that they are not alone. The Foundation provides for anything that the family of a sick child may need to assist them in keeping their child comfortable and happy. Children need normalcy, comfort and support to achieve the goal of recovery and survival. The Carolyn Sullivan Memorial Foundation is aimed to help these children achieve their goal.
Michael Purritano lost his life at the age of 49. Mike was just recently diagnosed with a rare blood disorder that left his heart in a weakened condition. He was a great coach and one of the first to participate in BCCC. He was also a great husband to Jill; aswell as a great father to Nicholas, Austin and Victoria. Mike will be sorely missed by the Village of Ridgewood, where he coached youth sports. The Purritano Scholarship Fund was established to help provide further education for Mike’s kids.
Memorial donations may be made to the Purritano Scholarship Fund,
c/o 22 Linda Terrace, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677.