Registration for the Challenger League basketball and gym activities program for special needs children is under way for the 2018-19 winter season. The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is accepting registrations for boys and girls ages 5-18 (or the completion of high school) and young adults 19-35 who have physical or mental challenges. Tom DeVries, a township resident, will manage the league.

Activities in White Rock Elementary School (lower gym, 2 Francine Place, Oak Ridge) will begin on December 8 and continue each Saturday through February 23 from 10:30-12:30, except on December 22 and 29.

The program will also run on Tuesday evenings, January 8 through February 19, from 6:00-7:00 at Cozy Lake School (205 Cozy Lake Road, Oak Ridge).

This program offers players the chance to take part in one of the most popular sports worldwide – basketball. Participants will play with the same equipment and by the same rules as in any basketball game, with the addition of the option to use the “buddy” system for assistance. Everyone on the roster plays in the game, and no score is kept.

Registration is online through Community Pass (https://register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm). Select 2018-19 Challenger Sports Programs. Thanks to fundraising efforts by the Challenger League’s parent group, led by Scott Luker, the normal registration fee for this program is waived for the seventh consecutive season; therefore, no amount will be due.

For assistance, visit www.jeffersontownhip.net. Click on the Form Center link on the left side of the home page and scroll down to the Recreation Department’s Community Pass Online Registration Instructions with step-by-step directions. For additional questions, contact the Recreation office at 973-663-8404 x4 or cpunturieri@jeffersontownship.net.

Program questions or concerns may be directed to DeVries at 973-208-7762 or tomdv@optonline.net, the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 x4, or cpunturieri@jeffersontownship.net.

Information about upcoming programs and activities may be found in the Virtual Backpack section of the school district’s website at www.jefftwp.org; the town website at www.jeffersontownship.net (use the Forms Center link and scroll to Recreation Department); the Jefferson Township Facebook page; and local online news outlets – www.thejeffersonchronicle.com and www.mylakenews.com.