Please refer to these award names when completing the nomination formPlease note all nominees remain in the selection pool for a total of 3 years from the year they were nominated. All individuals and groups nominated in 2020 will therefore be considered until 2022.


Outstanding Athlete

For Special Olympics New Jersey athletes – one from each of the 13 Areas – who have shown determination and dedication to training and an increased proficiency in any sport at any competition level. Each Area Committee will be responsible for choosing one athlete from its respective Area to be recognized at the Awards Dinner. All Outstanding Athlete nominations will be sent to the respective Area Director(s).

Special Olympics New Jersey Hall of Fame

For an individual with at least 10 years of involvement with Special Olympics New Jersey who has advanced the Special Olympics movement in one of the categories of sports and training, fundraising, or public awareness.

Marc S. Edenzon Lifetime Achievement Award

For an individual with at least 15 years of involvement with the Special Olympics movement who has demonstrated a lifetime of commitment and compassion to the athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey.

Outstanding Local Training Program

For the program that has shown the best example of high-quality sports training for Special Olympics New Jersey athletes.

Outstanding Volunteer Family

For the family of a Special Olympics athlete that has demonstrated unique and outstanding support of the Special Olympics movement and athletes.

Outstanding Volunteer Coach

For an individual coach in any Special Olympics sport who has demonstrated a high degree of technical skill and personal commitment to preparing athletes for participation in Special Olympics New Jersey events.

Outstanding Volunteer Officials

For exemplary voluntary service by an individual sports official at Special Olympics New Jersey state competitions and events.

Outstanding Volunteer – State Level

For exemplary voluntary service by an individual to Special Olympics New Jersey at state competitions and events.

Outstanding Volunteer – Area Level

For exemplary voluntary service by an individual to Special Olympics New Jersey at area competitions and events.

Outstanding Volunteer Group

For exemplary voluntary service by a group to Special Olympics New Jersey.

Outstanding Unified School Award

For a school that has demonstrated a superior commitment to inclusion, acceptance, respect and dignity for all by integrating Special Olympics Initiatives into their school programs and culture, and embracing the motto, “Play Unified. Live Unified.”

Spirit Award

For individuals who have advanced the mission of Special Olympics New Jersey through year-round support and innovation.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame Award

For an individual who has demonstrated a superior contribution to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey.

Bessie Perlman Achievement Award

For a Special Olympics New Jersey athlete who has demonstrated a dedication to sportsmanship and success in the community.

S. Michael Higgins Special Olympics Scholarship

For a Special Olympics New Jersey athlete who has demonstrated dedication to sport through a commitment to training. Please include how the scholarship can be used to advance or continue the athlete’s training or education.


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