HERO stands for HELP EXPAND RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES for people with differing abilities.
- Was incorporated in 1992, as a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality recreation opportunities for people with disabilities.
- Provides programs for tots to seniors living with mental retardation, autism, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, visual and hearing impairments, mental illness and those termed, "at-risk."
- Serves these populations through adapted tennis, dance, movement/song, pet visitations and arts and crafts.
- Never turns anyone away because of an inability to pay. That is why HERO seeks out funding to provide scholarships for its disadvantaged consumers.
- Conducts training for volunteers and instructors, so that they are in tune with our philosophy of "fun, positive social experiences, emotional well-being, and where appropriate, fitness."
- Provides information and advocacy through its research, writing, teaching and speaking engagements.
- Lessons are scheduled at parks, schools, indoor facilities, group homes, Head Start centers, houses of worship and agencies that serve those with disabilities, throughout the tri-state region.
- Lessons are tailored to meet the specific needs of each group's abilities.
- Does special events (adapted tennis carnivals) and will tailor a program to meet an agency's requirements.
- Classes are offered Monday-Sunday with flexible hours and locations to accommodate individual needs.