Over 1,000 Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) athletes and Unified partners, joined by hundreds of coaches, volunteers, family members, friends, and spectators, participated in the 2022 Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) Fall Games on October 22-23, 2022.  SONJ athletes across the Garden State were hard at work over the past few months training in Cycling, Equestrian, Flag Football, Golf, and Soccer.


SONJ cycling athletes had a great day competing at the 2022 Fall Games! #sonj #specialolympics

♬ Memories – Lux-Inspira

Golf started the day at Mountain View Golf Course where athletes played with Unified partners.

Skillman Park hosted the Bike SONJ: Ride for Inclusion fundraising event shortly before Fall Games Cycling to give participants an opportunity to interact with SONJ athletes. Riders joined Cycling athletes at the starting line before taking off on their routes. The event, sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey, featured 89 total riders participating in four different routes – 15-mile, 30-mile, 50-mile, and 80-mile courses.

Flag Football and Soccer took place at multiple fields across Mercer County Park where Special Olympics New Jersey also hosted a MedFest medical screening event for athletes.

On Sunday, October 23, The Unified Cup Soccer tournament took place at Mercer County Park as well.

Equestrian videos were submitted and judged remotely.

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Overall, the annual Fall Games was a huge success for Special Olympics New Jersey as participation numbers were back to pre-pandemic levels. So many familiar faces were back on the fields and courses, from athletes, to Unified partners, volunteers, families, and supporters. The countless hours put into training and preparing truly paid off in endless smiles, tears of joy, and a lot of medals!


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