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SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW JERSEY
Special Olympics New Jersey is dedicated to bringing pride into the lives of all involved. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, completely free of charge.
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.
All athletes must adhere to the current Return to Activity guidelines including, but not limited to, wearing a face mask* at all times including physical activity.
Must be at least 16 years old
Athletes must have a current medical on file in order to participate
Tuesdays: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
*Face masks are highly recommended for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, attending Special Olympics New Jersey events or entering the SONJ Sports Complex.
Questions?? Please contact INFO@sonj.org.
TD Sports Field
The TD Sports Field is a regulation 5v5 turf soccer field that 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, along with 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.
RWJBarnabas Health Sports Court
The RWJBarnabas Health Sports Court consists of a full-size outdoor basketball court and three pickleball courts. Dedicated in 2021, this newly renovated multi-purpose court allows athletes to train and hone their individual or team skills and will play an important role in providing activities for campers attending Camp Shriver in the summer.
The Walsh Education & Family Center
This Center, also known as the Walsh Library, provides computer and internet access, lounge areas, and meeting space for athletes and their families. 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.
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 1980s and 1990s. 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.