The Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex is a one-of-a-kind facility that gives registered athletes, their families and the community a place to come together to experience an array of programs and services that we have to offer.
Explore our event calendar to see what’s happening at the Sports Complex.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Sports & Training Center
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Sports & Training Center hosts a variety of conferences, seminars and meetings. This portion of the Sports Complex was named after Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics. Mrs. Shriver had many memorable visits to New Jersey over the years, with her last in 2007 when she attended the dedication of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Sports & Training Center.
Wawa Exercise & Wellness Center
The Wawa Exercise & Wellness Center is the official training center for Special Olympics New Jersey athletes. Eligible athletes are encouraged to train three times a week in a Unified environment by including a friend, sibling or parent as a training partner. The center is fully equipped with the latest cardio and fitness machines, and is staffed by certified trainers and fitness professionals.
- Athletes ages 16 years & older may use the fitness center facilities without a parent, guardian, partner or coach present.
- Athletes between the ages of 12 – 15 may utilize the fitness center only when accompanied by and under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian or coach.
- Participants 11 years of age and younger may not use the fitness center facility.
The Wawa Exercise & Wellness Center is open Mondays – Thursdays, and Saturdays. Hours of operation include:
- Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
On holidays or in incremental weather, the Center might be closed. Please call the office at (609) 896-8000 to confirm if the Center is open.
Throughout the year, the Center also offers programs such as Boot Camp and Fitness Night. To find out more about these programs, email FITNESS@sonj.org.
The Walsh Education & Family Center
This Center, also known as the Walsh Library, houses a comprehensive library on disabilities, legal issues related to individuals with disabilities, sports training, education and more.
Throughout the year, conferences covering legal issues, health and wellness topics, sport-specific training and other areas of interest are held here free of charge for athletes and their families.
TD Sports Field
The TD Sports Field is a regulation 5v5 turf soccer field is the first of its kind to be used exclusively for Special Olympics programs. This playing field hosts numerous events, including tournament and league play, individual skills and team training. It is also used extensively during the summer for Camp Shriver and for the Special Olympics New Jersey Unified Sports® program.
Tribute Patio & Law Enforcement Tribute Walk
Presented by the Sean Nelligan Foundation, this area of the Sports Complex is a magnificent tribute to the athletes, families, volunteers and sponsors who have contributed to the success of Special Olympics New Jersey. The support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run community is recognized with the Law Enforcement Tribute Walk. The patio plays host to Camp Shriver, luncheons, special events and competitions.
Sargent Shriver Gymnasium
Sargent Shriver, the husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, has been recognized as one of the greatest Americans of our time and was instrumental in the global expansion of the Special Olympics movement in the 1980’s and 1990’s. To honor his contributions, Special Olympics New Jersey dedicated and named the gymnasium after him. The gymnasium provides a space for training and competition for basketball and volleyball as well as Camp Shriver and Young Athletes community programs.