Last updated 7.23.2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) is excited to announce plans to officially Return to Activity with several modifications and guidelines beginning August 1, 2020. All decisions were made with the safety of all participants at the forefront. As such, all safety measures and protocols are being created following the recommendations and guidelines of Special Olympics Inc., the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the State of New Jersey. These safety measures and protocols will be required and monitored throughout the season

For the comprehensive Return to Activity Guidelines please click here.

 All participants are required to fill out the High-Risk Waiver & COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver prior to participating in any SONJ related activities.  This waiver must be completed prior to your first practice.

 Additional information for Families and Coaches may be found at the following links:



Please review our Frequently Asked Questions and contact with any additional questions or concerns.


All Summer and Fall Sports Practices, Trainings and Team Gatherings are to be cancelled until at least July 31, 2020.

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

May 3
Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5KRescheduled to a virtual run from September 4 through October 4, 2020

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

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

Camp Shriver – All Locations – Cancelled
Statue of Liberty 5KCancelled

Summer Sports Practices, Trainings and Team Gatherings in the sports of:
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 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.

Please continue to check back or bookmark this page for further updates as this situation continues to develop and unfold.