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sonj-logoSpecial Olympics New Jersey Sports

Our Freehold and Old Bridge Branches host the Special Olympics New Jersey Swim Team weekly practices.  In addition, the Freehold Branch hosts the weekly Special Olympics New Jersey Volleyball Team practice.  Click here to learn more about the Monmouth Marlins Special Olympics Swim Team

Special Olympics New Jersey Membership Discount

The Freehold and Old Bridge Branches offer a discounted membership providing 50% off the regular membership rate for Special Olympics New Jersey athletes.

Adaptive Swim Class

The adaptive swim class at the Freehold Y will work with students who have physical or intellectual disabilities. The class design will focus on skill progression as outlined in the Special Olympics New Jersey aquatics coaching guide.  Carol McMullen, Marlins  Special Olympics Swim Team head coach, is the head instructor with a team of staff and volunteers.

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At the Old Bridge Branch, children with special needs have the opportunity to explore the water as a therapeutic medium to strengthen muscles, normalize muscle tone, provide sensory input, stretch tight muscles, body in space awareness and more.


The Young Adults Special Needs Aqua Cardio Class at the Freehold Branch provides a setting encouraging socialization and camaraderie for participants as well as caregivers.  Parent/buddy participation in the pool is welcomed. Young adults aquatic cardio fun with a varying format of calisthenics, resistance moves, Aqua Zumba, swim skills, and games.

Private Swim Lessons for Special People

All ages | Red Bank Family YMCA

These one-on-one 30-minute lessons are adapted to each child’s specific needs and limitations. For more information, please contact Caitlin Minnich at or 732.741.2504 ext. 220.

Please Note: There is a 24-hour cancellation policy on private swim lessons. Services will be charged if an appointment is not canceled 24 hours in advance.

Fitness for Special Populations

Ages 11 and up| Red Bank Family YMCA
Class length: 1 hour

This class offers participants a challenging range of activities including strength training and cardiovascular exercise. Participants will focus on all-around fitness and will help improve coordination, attention and self-esteem. This class will be taught by a certified Personal Trainer with a background in special needs. Parent participation is welcome.

Wednesday 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Register Online

Special Needs Personal Training

Ages 14 and up| Red Bank Family YMCA

These sessions offer participants a challenging range of activities including strength training and cardiovascular exercise in a one-on-one setting with a nationally Certified Personal Trainer with a background in special needs.  For more information contact Dean Seda at  or 732.741.2504, ext. 219.

Special Populations Family Night

All Ages | Red Bank Family YMCA

5:00-7:00 p.m. Third Saturday of the month, September – May.

Enjoy a fun-filled night with family and friends. Games, activities, movies swimming and more. Open to all.

$5 per family.

Register at the door.