We are so excited you’ve decided to join the Special Olympics New Jersey family. SONJ provides opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in sports programs. Take a look at the steps below and let’s get started!

Meet Some of Our Athletes

Determine Eligibility

To become a registered athlete, applicants must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the eligible conditions:

  • Intellectual disability
  • Cognitive delays measured by formal assessment
  • Significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay

Athletes between the ages of 2 and 7 may participate in our Young Athlete Program.

Pick Your Sports

Look at the sports we offer and pick what you’d like to play! During the year, we conduct more than 260 competitive events in 24 different sports across the state.

Contact Our Office

If your athlete is under 9 years old, please contact our Young Athletes Program Director, Andrea Moore, at avm@sonj.org.

For athletes 9 or older, please contact Joanne Monaco at jdm@sonj.org.

Once you contact us, we can begin the process of finding a local training program near you.

Complete the Participation Packet

Learn more about and download the Special Olympics New Jersey Participation Packet that must be returned to our office. This packet is required for participation as there is an athlete medical form that must be filled out and signed by a doctor, confirming that an athlete is cleared for participation.

Please make a copy for yourself and mail in a copy to:

Special Olympics New Jersey
1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648