The Bergen Wildcats fielded two teams, Black and Orange, for the 2017 softball season. While the goal is to have fun, both teams earned medals at the 2017 SONJ Summer Games in their respective divisions.
State sanctioned qualifying games were played on Saturdays at the Mercer County Park in Mercerville, NJ and conclude with the SONJ Summer Games at the College of New Jersey in Ewing.
The Bergen County Wildcats Program is a team of special needs athletes, ages 8 and above, from the Bergen County, NJ area. These athletes compete in a variety of Special Olympics sports including floor hockey, bowling, softball, unified bocce and unified golf. The athletes participate in the Special Olympics NJ Floor Hockey Finals at Stockton University and Summer Games at The College of New Jersey. During the various seasons, the athletes practice at area locations and then compete on weekends against other Special Olympics NJ teams. Games are usually held Princeton and Trenton areas.
The primary goal of the Bergen County Wildcats Program is to have special needs athletes participate with a team and compete with other teams. This participation increases self-esteem and independence and gives the athletes a true sense of belonging. The program is staffed by trained volunteers and dedicated parents.The Bergen County Wildcats Program funded through two annual fundraisers and donations from businesses, individuals and groups.
The Bergen County Wildcats Program is a NJ non-profit charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
On an almost weekly basis between October and May, members of the Wildcats invade the Holiday Bowl in Oakland, NJ for a bit of friendly rivalry on the lanes. The athletic and social atmosphere are more laid back than in the other sports as this the only individual sport that the Wildcats participate in. And we sure have plenty of fun.
We would like to thank Joe, Ed and all of the wonderful staff of Holiday Bowl for being such gracious hosts. Holiday Bowl is located at 29 Spruce St, Oakland, NJ 201-337-6516
On April 18, 2009 the Wildcats took a big step up from our old friend to our new Wildcat Express. While the bus is actually a 1980 Prevost it is still new to us. Due to the work of some great people this year’s first trip to Mercer County Park for softball was finally comfortable and enjoyable.