New Jersey math teacher Christian Kane has long been devising a way to construct the nation's first sports complex for children and adults with special needs. And that took five years and raising $3.6 million to fund it. Kane said the journey was worth it when, on Saturday, families flooded into the RWJ Barnabas Health Field of Dreams in Toms River for the first time. They did it for their son, Gavin, who suffered a traumatic brain injury at just 19 months old when a beer truck hit the family car.
Gavin, now 11, also has the same drive to participate in activities – from playing sports to running around on the playground – like any other child, Kane said.
When they started taking Gavin to the playground, the Kanes realized that there was nothing for him to do there except use a red swing.
The Kanes set out to change that, giving up much of their lives so they could make sure Gavin lives his to the fullest.
They decided to create an all-inclusive playground where every kid could play at the same level. Features include a pavilion, basketball court, miniature golf course, trampoline, zip line, bocce court, snack shack and walking area circling the entire complex.
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