Last updated 5.1.2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Upon further consideration and recommendations of Special Olympics International (SOI), the suspension of all Special Olympics New Jersey in-person activities, including training, competition, and fundraising events, has been extended through June 30, 2020.  We will continue to assess and monitor the state of New Jersey restrictions and recommendations to determine when it is feasible and safe to return to play.

This suspension will also include the following events:

July
Camp Shriver – All Locations

Statue of Liberty 5K – Cancelled

All Summer and Fall Sports Practices, Trainings and Team Gatherings are to be cancelled until at least June 30, 2020.

Please see letter regarding Summer Games from SONJ President and CEO, Heather Andersen here.

The full list of cancelled or rescheduled events includes the following, but not limited to:

May 2-3
Softball League
Area 1 (Hudson) Track & Field Meet
Area 2 & 12 (Passaic & Bergen) Track & Field Meet
Area 3 (Morris, Sussex, Warren) Track & Field Meet
Area 10 (Somerset) Track & Field Meet
Area 11 (Mercer) Track & Field Meet
Area 7 (Camden, Gloucester & Salem) Track & Field Meet
Area 4 (Hunterdon) Track and Field Meet
Central Bocce Sectional
East Swimming Sectional
Gymnastics Sectional

May 3
Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K – Rescheduled for October 4, 2020

May 4
The Perlman Cup – Rescheduled for July 20, 2020

May 6
Area 9 (Essex) Track & Field Meet

May 9
Softball League
Area 5 (Middlesex & Union) Track & Field Meet
Area 6 (Monmouth & Ocean) Track & Field Meet

May 16-17
Softball League
South Bocce Sectional

June 5-7
Summer Games

June 22
The Higgin’s ClassicRescheduled for September, 16, 2020

July
Camp Shriver – All Locations
Statue of Liberty 5KCancelled

Summer Sports Practices, Trainings and Team Gatherings in the sports of:
Bocce
Gymnastics
Powerlifting
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track and Field

All Fitness Programs Sponsored by SONJ (Yoga, Boot Camp, Walking Clubs)

Wawa Exercise and Wellness Center 

The SONJ Sports Complex will be closed until further notice and all SONJ staff will be working remotely for the time being, checking email and phone messages on a regular basis. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact info@sonj.org or call the office at 609-896-8000 and follow instructions to leave a message for the staff person you wish to reach.  A full list of email address and phone extensions may be found here.

 

Additional Recommendations

We’ve compiled some COVID-19 Resources

Please continue to follow the recommendations of the New Jersey Department of Health, Centers of Disease Control (CDC), and World Health Organization (WHO)

Also, continue to assess yourself and/or athlete(s) under your supervision for the presence of any of these flu-like symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath.  If you or your athletes display these symptoms, call your healthcare provider immediately.  

Here are some recommended everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, avoid high-fives, and avoid handshakes
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


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