Over 2,500 athletes. 2,500 volunteers. 1,000 coaches and chaperones. Hundreds of law enforcement officers. 10,000 spectators.

Thousands of people gathered at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) June 8-10 for the 2018 SONJ Summer Games. This weekend was especially historic because 2018 marked 50 years of Special Olympics and the 35th anniversary of the SONJ Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Friday morning kicked us off with the Torch Run taking place all over New Jersey. Law enforcement officers from around the state ran the torch to TCNJ to light the cauldron at Summer Games Opening Ceremony.
Check out the videos below to witness the Opening Ceremony and experience the weekend through the eyes of SONJ athlete/Summer Games correspondent Patrice Jetter.

Athletes hit milestones, made lasting memories, and broke barriers. Our amazing volunteer photographers captured the action from the weekend, which you can take a look below:


6 comments on “2018 Summer Games”

  1. 1
    HELENE GALGANO on June 20, 2018

    I really enjoyed the email I received today to see the highlights from the games. My daughter
    participated in these games in track and field. Thanks for the email.

    1. 2
      Vanessa Glenn on June 21, 2018

      So happy to hear that, Helene! We hope your daughter and family had a wonderful time at Summer Games.

  2. 3
    Clara Lecato on June 20, 2018

    Great job Patrice!! Really enjoyed your interviews!!

    1. 4
      Vanessa Glenn on June 21, 2018

      Patrice did an awesome job! It was a great addition to our Summer Games coverage.

  3. 5
    Alexander Buzgo on June 21, 2018

    I’m an special Olympics athletes I’ve been doing Special Olympics since I was nine years old and now I’m 27 years old and it’s fun to do soccer and basketball and softball and floor hockey I have doing all of them especially summer games Because it’s just before it gets too hot and me and my soft ball team got third place and soft ball this year next year we are going to get gold

    1. 6
      Vanessa Glenn on June 22, 2018

      Wow, Alex! It sounds like you stay busy all year long. Congrats to your team and good luck going for the gold next year!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.