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 in the 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 is 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.
The Bergen Wildcats Bocce team competes with athlete and unified partner pairs in the Special Olympics New Jersey competitions. Final competitions occur each June at the Summer Games at The College of New Jersey.
On an almost weekly basis between October and May, Bergen Wildcats bowlers invade the Holiday Bowl in Oakland, NJ for a bit of friendly rivalry on the lanes and a delicious snack. The athletic and social atmosphere are more laid back than in the other sports. Bowlers are invited to compete at the Bergen County competition each January. 1st and 2nd place finishers qualify for the sectional tournament and then the New Jersey state tournament.
We would like to thank 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
Thank you to everyone that supported the 23rd annual Amster’s Tavern Golf Outing to benefit the Bergen County Wildcats Program. The July 8th event was held at River Vale Country Club followed by a wonderful beefsteak dinner at Brownstone in Paterson, NJ.
Click on the link below for photos from the 2019 event.
The Bergen Wildcats fielded a Black and an Orange team for the 2019 softball season. While the goal is to have fun, the black team won gold for the second year in a row and the orange team took bronze medals.
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 Knights of Columbus, St. Luke’s Council of Waldwick, NJ continue their generous support of the Bergen County Wildcats Program. In October representative athletes accepted a check from Council members. Thank you for your support.