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New Jersey

Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.
The Young Athlete Program was created in consultation with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, to meet the physical and developmental needs of children, ages 2 ½ to 7, in the areas of physical activity and play, with an emphasis on sports skill development. 
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Special Olympics New Jersey currently serves more than 24,000 athletes throughout the state. All programs are free to registered athletes including insurance, facilities, equipment, uniforms, housing & meals for events, awards, sports, education and more. In addition to programs offered on the local, county, sectional and state levels, Special Olympics New Jersey offers free programs and activities at the Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex in Lawrenceville, including Camp Shriver, fitness training, Athlete University, coach and volunteer training sessions, family programs and so much more.

Through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities are benefited physically, mentally, socially and spiritually; families are strengthened, and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding individuals with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.

New Jersey Contact Info

1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way 
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648

+1 (609) 896-8000

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Upcoming Events

  • May
    31
    Anthony's "Gives Back" to NJ LETR
    May 31, 2016
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fair Lawn
    New Jersey
    Anthony's "Gives Back" to NJ LETR

    Come eat at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza and tell your server you are dining to support Special Olympics New Jersey. Anthony's will donate 20% of your dine-in or carry-out sales, so you can enjoy a great meal AND help support more than 25,000 athletes throughout New Jersey.

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    Contact: Mark Distler
    Phone: 551-486-3518

    May 31, 2016
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
    2101 Promenade Blvd.
    Fair Lawn , New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    01
    Video Spin Class
    Jun 01, 2016
    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Closter
    New Jersey
    Video Spin Class

    The Northern Valley PBA 233 Torch Run is sponsoring a spin class fundraiser at Core Fitness Center in Closter. Bring the coupon (click on More Details) and a $20 donation to participate in this fundraising event to support the more than 25,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey.

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    Contact: Sgt. Chris Dippolito
    Email: cdippolito@closterpolice.org

    Jun 01, 2016
    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Core Fitness Center
    91 Ruckman Rd., #1
    Closter, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    02
    Pasta Night Fundraiser
    Jun 02, 2016
    04:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Middlesex
    New Jersey
    Pasta Night Fundraiser

    Get your tickets for this annual fundraising event at Ellery's Grill in Middlesex. This event features an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner, live entertainment and a Super 50/50 Cash Raffle. Tickets are $20/person and can be purchased by calling Ellery's at (732) 356-2444 or emailing ellerys@optonline.net or from the Middlesex or Dunellen Police Departments. Sponsored by the Middlesex and Dunellen Law Enforcement Torch Runs, Ellery's Grill and the Middlesex Borough Business and Professional Association.

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    Email: ellerys@optonline.net
    Phone: 732-356-2444

    Jun 02, 2016
    04:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Ellery's Grill
    701 Lincoln Blvd.
    Middlesex, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    06
    The Higgins Classic
    Jun 06, 2016
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Bedminster
    New Jersey
    The Higgins Classic

    We invite you to join us for the 26th Higgins Classic, a golf tournament that has become one of the most prestigious events throughout the state. The 2016 tournament will offer tips from the NJPGA, a silent auction and a raffle with tons of fabulous prizes! Your participation in this event will help support more than 25,000 athletes throughout New Jersey.

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    Email: higginsclassic@sonj.org

    Jun 06, 2016
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fiddler's Elbow Country Club
    811 Rattlesnake Bridge Rd.
    Bedminster, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    07
    Eyes on the Prizes
    Jun 07, 2016 - Jun 08, 2016
     
    Closter
    New Jersey
    Eyes on the Prizes

    If you're looking to get new glasses soon, come visit Northern Valley Eye Care for 10% off a complete pair of eyeglasses(frame and prescription lenses) or non-prescription sunglasses. Bring the coupon (click on More Details) to get your discount PLUS Northern Valley Eye Care will donate 10% of the total cost of your purchase to Special Olympics New Jersey. We hope to SEE you there!

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    Contact: Sgt. Chris Dippolito
    Email: cdippolito@closterpolice.org

    Jun 07, 2016 - Jun 08, 2016
     
    Northern Valley Eye Care
    270 Closter Rock Rd.
    Closter, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    07
    Blue Moon Gives Back to the Community
    Jun 07, 2016 - Jun 08, 2016
     
    Various Locations
    New Jersey
    Blue Moon Gives Back to the Community

    On June 7 & 8 Blue Moon Cafe locations in Englewood, Norwood, Woodcliff Lake, and Wyckoff will be donating 20% of patrons' bills to Special Olympics New Jersey when presented with the coupon linked under "More Details." Visit www.BlueMoonMexicanCafe.com for directions to the location nearest you.

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    Contact: Chris Federici
    Email: cfederici@norwoodpd.org

    Jun 07, 2016 - Jun 08, 2016
     
    Blue Moon Mexican Cafes
    Various Locations, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    07
    NJ Young Insurance Professionals Fun Run
    Jun 07, 2016
    07:00 AM - 09:30 AM
    Atlantic City
    New Jersey
    NJ Young Insurance Professionals Fun Run

    Join us for the 32nd year of the New Jersey Young Insurance Professionals 5K Fun Run in Atlantic City. Online registrations will be accepted until the end of the day on June 2(11:59pm). Registrations after June 2 will be accepted at the NJYIP/SONJ booth on Sunday and Monday, June 5 & 6 at the PIANJ/PIANY Annual Conference. Donations to a team or individual can continue to be made online.

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    Contact: Beth Conover
    Email: bac@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Jun 07, 2016
    07:00 AM - 09:30 AM
    Harrah's Resort & Casino
    Atlantic City, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    10
    2016 Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey
    Jun 10, 2016
    05:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Ewing
    New Jersey
    2016 Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey

    Each year more than 3,000 dedicated Law Enforcement officers participate in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. This celebrated 26-leg journey carries the Special Olympics New Jersey “Flame of Hope” a distance of nearly 750 miles throughout the Garden State to The College of New Jersey in Ewing, where it ignites the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of Summer Games.

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    Contact: Ed Dean
    Email: letr@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Jun 10, 2016
    05:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Statewide - The College of New Jersey
    Ewing, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jun
    10
    Summer Games
    Jun 10, 2016 - Jun 12, 2016
     
    Ewing
    New Jersey
    Summer Games

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination during a weekend of aquatics, bocce, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball and tennis competition.

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    Jun 10, 2016 - Jun 12, 2016
     
    The College of New Jersey
    Ewing, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    04
    Statue of Liberty 5K
    Jul 04, 2016
    06:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Jersey City
    New Jersey
    Statue of Liberty 5K

    Before the BBQ's, parades and fireworks...RUN with Lady Liberty! Join Special Olympics New Jersey for the only official race around the Statue of Liberty. Registration is limited to 500 runners, so reserve your spot today.

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    Contact: David Reed
    Email: jdr@sonj.org

    Jul 04, 2016
    06:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Liberty State Park
    Jersey City, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Jul
    07
    Motorcycle Skills Training & Competition
    Jul 07, 2016 - Jul 09, 2016
     
    Wayne
    New Jersey
    Motorcycle Skills Training & Competition

    Join us for this multi-day fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. Law Enforcement and Civilian Divisions will compete in this Motorcycle Skills competition which is conducted by members of the NJ Motorcycle Officers Training Association. Competition is $60/person. Competition schedule is as follows - July 7-8, Practice and Eliminations / July 8 (6:30pm), Competitors BBQ / July 9, Finals / July 9 (7:00pm), Competitors Awards Banquet. Awards Banquet is $10/competitors and $25/guests. Contact Tommy Johnson at tjohn710@yahoo.com for competition information. We are also looking for merchandise vendors for July 9 from 9am to 1pm and is $50/space. Contact Tom Zapf at Tdog58@verizon.net for more vendor info.

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    Contact: Sue Parsons
    Email: sp@sonj.org
    Phone: 609-896-8000

    Jul 07, 2016 - Jul 09, 2016
     
    Willowbrook Mall
    1400 Willowbrook
    Wayne, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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