On top of providing training and competition opportunities in 24 sports, Special Olympics New Jersey offers health, wellness, athlete leadership and Unified program initiatives to 25,000 athletes across the state—all completely free of charge.
Impact of Your Support
Due to incredible corporate, community and individual contributions, as well as the help of more than 20,000 volunteers, we are able to continually support those with intellectual disabilities through better resources and services:
- Creating transition sports programs for athletes from ages 6 to 13, allowing for younger athletes to bridge from skills development to competition
- Expanding Camp Shriver from the SONJ Sports Complex to a satellite location in order to reach more athletes
- Offering 2,670 FREE medical screenings conducted throughout New Jersey, including Fit Feet, FUNFitness, Health Promotion, ImPACT Concussion, Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes, Special Smiles and MedFest
- Initiating 11 Unified Walking clubs throughout the state to provide a lifetime of fitness
These are just a few ways we affect the lives of our athletes. Read our 2016 Annual Report to find the most recent statistics and information on how far our reach goes.
Numbers and statistics are impressive, but nothing truly shows how meaningful Special Olympics is to those it serves than through their stories.
Special Olympics is one of the few organizations that off the bat had more confidence in her abilities than we did.– Chris Johns, parent of Emilia, a Young Athlete