What is Tournament of Champions?
The New Jersey Tournament of Champions program was founded in 1972 to help provide a meaningful athletic competitive program for Learning Disabled and Physically Challenged children.
The New Jersey Tournament of Champions ultimate goal is to provide an atmosphere that promotes ability and not disability. It is important for children to realize that despite their disabilities, they can compete to the best of their abilities and be successful winners. Many children with disabilities often encounter frustration and failure and do not always have the opportunity to participate in sport programs. This program allows these youngsters to compete and find success, thereby overcoming the usual cycle of failure and the prospect of participation in team sport programs.
In 2011, New Jersey Tournament of Champions closed its doors. Holland Township School, along with help from Tournament of Champions, decided to keep this tradition going for its students as well as the other special needs students from Hunterdon County. This event is held annually in the spring at Delaware Valley High School. Individuals from the high school along with high school students from the National Honor Society and the Best Buds program assist with the set up and running of the events for the athletes. Community members, local organizations, family members, and volunteers have played an intergral part in the success of the program.