Physically Challenged Sports & Recreation Programs

Bennett Institute Physically-Challenged T-Ball, Baseball and Wheelchair Softball Weekend

May 16 2015 - 9:00am - May 17 2015 - 3:00pm

Charles E. Silberstein Sports Complex
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Greenspring Campus
3825 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21211

The weekend will consist of t-ball, softball, and baseball clinics, mini games, instruction, special appearances by the Oriole Bird, and more! Click here for a full list of activities.

Howard County Times: Howard players help Blazers pursue national wheelchair softball title

July 24, 2013
A profile of the Bennett Blazers softball team, part of our Physically Challenged Sports Program, as they prepare to host the National Championship tournament.

When the Bennett Blazers — Kennedy Krieger Institute's Physically Challenged Sports Program — first sent a wheelchair softball team to the National Championships in Minnesota several years ago, the team was admittedly unprepared. Now, with a few years of seasoning, the Bennett Blazers have come a long way since those early days. Read more.

Wheelchair Rugby Tournament 2015

Jan 17 2015 - 9:00am - Jan 18 2015 - 2:00pm

Johns Hopkins University Athletic Center
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

(For GPS, use 4 West University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218)


Saturday, January 17

9 AM - 5 PM


Sunday, January 18

9 AM - 2 PM

Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports Program

December 2, 2014
Bennett helps athletes with disabilities get off the sidelines and into the game

Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports Program

Local Adaptive Sled Hockey Team Wins National Tournament

April 16, 2014
Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Bennett Blazers Earn Top Spot at USA Hockey’s National Youth Sled Hockey Championship

BALTIMORE, MD—For the second year in a row, a Baltimore team finished in first place at USA Hockey’s 10th Annual Youth Disabled Hockey Festival in Massachusetts, the largest national hockey event of its kind. The Bennett Blazers team, part of Kennedy Krieger Institute's Physically Challenged Sports Program, defeated the Grand Rapid Wings in the championship game to finish their season with a perfect 21-0 winning record.

Going for the Gold: How Colbie Found Herself Through Kennedy Krieger's Physically Challenged Sports Program

Colbie BratlieColbie Bratlie wants to be a world champion. And the odds are good that she will be because she competes in wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, track, field, archery, table tennis, and swimming. The athletic 14- year-old already seems Herculean for her stamina and determination, but when you add in that she has cerebral palsy, it truly does make her accomplishments seem superhuman.

Heart and Soul: How a Husband and Wife Team Built the Bennett Institute

Gerry and Gwena HermanIn 1989, when Gerry and Gwena Herman got the call to move from Boston to Baltimore to start a physically challenged sports program, there was no question that they would do it. Gerry, who had self-styled his college major to do sports and physical education with special populations, found in the offer a chance to pursue his dream. And the Hermans have never looked back.

Making it all Possible

Gerry and Gwena Herman started the physically challenged sports program at Kennedy Krieger in 1989. The Hermans started with a wheelchair basketball program, but expanded the program so that kids with a wider range of disabilities would be able to compete. Today, kids have the opportunity to take part in sports, such as wheelchair basketball and football, swimming, track, archery, baseball, cycling, sitting volleyball, tennis, and sled hockey.

I Can Skate

April 1, 2010
Dorothy Hamill's adaptive skating program gives children with physical disabilities a chance to soar

Dorothy HamillThe lobby of the ice rink hums with excitement as children laugh and talk while their parents bundle them up and help them get their skates on. In one corner, a little boy grins from ear to ear as his dad helps him to his feet and his mom snaps photo after photo. Across the room, another mom keeps a careful eye on her son as he practices walking in his skates, one hand on the wall for stability.

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