2024 Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games

Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games Set to Ignite The College of New Jersey this Week!

Ewing, NJ – The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is poised to host the highly anticipated Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games from June 7-9, 2024. This spectacular event brings together athletes from across the state to compete, celebrate, and inspire.

A Season of Preparation as for many athletes, the journey to the Summer Games begins months in advance. Starting in April, athletes engage in rigorous training and compete in local and sectional competitions. These events serve as the qualifiers for the annual state Summer Games, ensuring that the best and most dedicated athletes make it to TCNJ for the grand event. A Diverse Range of Sports. The Summer Games feature an impressive array of sports, allowing athletes to showcase their talents across multiple disciplines. The sports lineup includes:

  • Bocce
  • Gymnastics
  • Powerlifting
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Each sport provides a platform for athletes to demonstrate their skills, dedication, and sportsmanship, embodying the spirit of the Special Olympics.

Young Athletes Program: Special Olympics New Jersey also offers a unique opportunity for the youngest participants. Registered athletes aged 2–7 can partake in the Young Athletes events, a program designed to introduce them to the joys and benefits of sports through guided play. This initiative not only fosters physical development but also promotes social interaction and confidence-building at an early age.

The Opening Ceremony: A Night to Remember, the festivities will kick off on Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. with the Opening Ceremony at Lions Stadium. This event promises to be New Jersey’s most inspiring evening, celebrating the achievements and spirit of the Special Olympics community. The Opening Ceremony is a vibrant showcase of unity, featuring performances, the parade of athletes, and the ceremonial lighting of the torch. It’s an event not to be missed, offering a memorable start to a weekend filled with competition and camaraderie.

Join the Celebration. The Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games are open to the public, with free admission for all events, including the Opening Ceremony. This inclusive approach ensures that everyone has the opportunity to witness and support the incredible achievements of these athletes.

A Community United. The Summer Games are more than just a series of competitions; they are a celebration of inclusivity, determination, and the power of sports to bring people together. Athletes, coaches, volunteers, and spectators all play a vital role in making this event a success. The College of New Jersey’s involvement underscores the community’s commitment to fostering an environment where every athlete can shine.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of New Jersey’s most inspiring weekend. Whether you’re cheering from the stands or participating as a volunteer, your presence contributes to the vibrant energy that defines the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games. Join us at TCNJ from June 7-9, 2024, to celebrate athletic excellence and the unyielding spirit of the Special Olympics community.

For more information and to get involved, visit the Special Olympics New Jersey website.

The 2024 Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games at The College of New Jersey is set to be an unforgettable event. From the thrilling competitions to the heartwarming Young Athletes program, and the spectacular Opening Ceremony, this event encapsulates the essence of the Special Olympics movement. Come and be inspired by the remarkable athletes who exemplify courage, joy, and determination.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7

Tennis
Tennis Complex
9:00 a.m. Match Play


Bocce
Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex
1:00 p.m.


Swimming
Aquatic Center
2:00 p.m.


Opening Ceremony
Lions Stadium, TCNJ
7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8

Bocce
Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex – 8:00 a.m.


Softball
Armstrong Memorial Park – 8:00 a.m.


Swimming
Aquatic Center – 8:00 a.m.


Athletics (Track & Field)
Track/Field Complex and George Ackerman Park
AM Session – 8:00 a.m.
PM Session – 12:00 p.m. (track), 1:00 p.m. (field)


Tennis
Tennis Complex – 8:30 a.m.


Powerlifting
Kendall Hall – 9:30 a.m.


Healthy Athletes
Brower Student Center – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
   Opening Eyes will close at 3:00 p.m.

Young Athletes Activities
Dr. June Walker Field – 10:00 a.m.

Young Athletes Future Stars Race
Track & Field Complex – 12:00 p.m.

Olympic Village
Trenton Hall Lawn – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


SUNDAY, JUNE 9

Bocce
Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex – 8:00 a.m.


Softball
Armstrong Memorial Park – 8:00 a.m.


Swimming
Aquatic Center – 8:00 a.m.


Athletics (Track & Field)
Track/Field Complex and George Ackerman Park
AM Session – 8:00 a.m.
PM Session – 12:00 p.m. (track), 1:00 p.m. (field)


Tennis
Tennis Complex – 8:30 a.m.


Gymnastics
Schafer Sports Center – 8:30 a.m.


Healthy Athletes
Brower Student Center – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
   Opening Eyes will close at 12:00 p.m.

Young Athletes Activities
Dr. June Walker Field – 10:00 a.m.

Young Athletes Future Stars Race
Track & Field Complex – 12:00 p.m.

Olympic Village
Trenton Hall Lawn – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing Ceremony
Trenton Hall Patio – 12:00 p.m.

Venues

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

2000 Pennington Road, Ewing Township, NJ 08618

SOFTBALL – Armstrong Memorial Park

323 Ewingville Road, Ewing Township, NJ 08638

GYMNASTICS -Schafer Sports Center

5 Graphics Drive, Ewing Township, NJ 08628

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