Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) hosted their very first MedFest of the year at the Sports Complex on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST. Volunteers were excited to be back in action doing what they love most. Many athletes who attended had not seen a doctor within the past year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Additionally, SONJ allowed athletes and families to update or complete their participation packets, so they can get back to participating in summer sports!

MedFest at the SONJ Sports Complex on April 17, 2021
MedFest Volunteers at the SONJ Sports Complex on April 17, 2021

MedFest Recap:
• 33 athlete medical screenings
• 14 total clinical volunteers for MedFest, including dietetic interns from Cedar Crest College, medical students from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Physician Assistant students from Rutgers, a Family Medicine Resident from Palisades Medical Center in Hackensack, and Dr. Zlotnick, Senior MedFest Clinical Director.
• SONJ’s last MedFest took place well over a year ago, on January 26, 2020.

MedFest at the SONJ Sports Complex on April 17, 2021

Vaccinations Recap:
• Between Friday and Saturday approximately 120 COVID-19 vaccines were given to athletes, care givers, staff, and Wawa associates.

MedFest at the SONJ Sports Complex on April 17, 2021

Overall, it was great to have people back in the building, you could feel the excitement from the athletes and families as they walked the halls! SONJ athletes are ready to get back to their sports activities and it shows! SONJ plans to take the RV out for the first time in over a year to do a MedFest in Westampton, NJ on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Learn more about SONJ’s upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunities.

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