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August 20, 2014 | SOI: Region North America

New Jersey Teen Honored for Her Work With Special Olympics

By Amie Dugan

Lovin' Scoopful, a supporter of Special Olympics, has chosen a New Jersey teen as its national Lovin' Award winner. The award recognizes young visionaries who are committed to and involved in programs that foster respect, inclusion, and personal connections between people with and without differences. One national winner and four regional winners from around the country were selected from students ages 8 to 18 for their involvement with Special Olympics and other organizations that are designed to create more accepting communities. The national Lovin' Award recipient is Maggie Leppert, 17, of Belle Meade N.J. Maggie was nominated for her profound commitment to social justice and inclusion, exemplified through her work as an advocate of acceptance and dignity for her peers with intellectual disabilities.

About Amie Dugan: I am the director of communications and marketing for Special Olympics in North America.

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