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Annual Report

This is who we are.

This is what we do.

Our Mission The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Our Vision Special Olympics New Jersey will be the premiere non-profit sports organization worldwide, known for excellence and innovation in providing opportunities to enrich the lives of all current and potential Special Olympics athletes, their families and society as a whole.

Our Core Values Innovation To consistently challenge and advance the Special Olympics Movement in New Jersey by embracing new, innovative and unique opportunities to position the organization to achieve and surpass the vision of Special Olympics New Jersey. Excellence The standard measure for superior execution and outcome of every dimension of activity and service conducted by Special Olympics New Jersey. Integrity A commitment to the Mission of Special Olympics and the fair, honest and responsible execution of fundamental rules, operations, and core values of Special Olympics New Jersey. Respect A commitment to the value of the human spirit in each and every individual, an acknowledgement of human achievement, and a practice of acceptance through changed attitudes, resulting in the enhancement of the lives of Special Olympics athletes, their families, volunteers and the community. Photo credit to: Roger Banas, Cheryl Loeb-Cole, Jim Cole, Bill Ford, Junious Jones, Bruce Mathews, Denis Niland, Ron Wyatt, and Bill Zika. Special Thanks to Sports Illustrated, Inc. for magazine front cover graphic on page 5.


Message from the ‘08 Chairman of the Board President Dear Special Olympics Athletes and Friends: As we enter into our 40th year of athletic achievement, we can’t help but recognize the outstanding performances of our athletes in 2008, realized through their participation in a year-round training and competition program that is so enhanced compared to the original opportunities offered to athletes just 40 years ago. Over the past four decades, athletes with Intellectual Disabilities have been faced with discrimination, skepticism, and limited expectations on the playing field. And, with every 300lb bench press, every game-winning basket, every personal best on an advanced alpine slalom course ... our athletes have redefined their potential for all of us who have been privileged to share in their accomplishments. In 2008, we witnessed confidence, integrity, skill and sportsmanship, and the beginning of respect and acceptance through an acknowledgement of athletic achievement. We congratulate our athletes and express a sincere thanks to their coaches. In 2008, we saw a community of support and the beginning of an understanding and appreciation of our athletes. The thousands of Corporate and Law Enforcement volunteers, civic groups and individuals from communities across our state embraced the Special Olympics movement in New Jersey through their volunteer and fundraising efforts … one more acknowledgement of the support and recognition that our athletes have earned. Over the years, we have talked about building a foundation that will support the growth of our program in participation and performance for years to come. In 2008, we began to witness some of that growth, and it’s only going to get better in 2009! On behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff, Area Directors and our 2008 Event Organizing Committees, we invite you to celebrate 2008 through the pictures and accomplishments published in this report and challenge you to take your place in advancing the Special Olympics Movement in New Jersey in 2009.

Stewart McClure, Jr. Chairman 2008 Board of Directors

Marc S. Edenzon President

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Achievements Sports & Training


Introduced Flag Football as a new sport for the 2009/2010 program year.


Hosted the annual Adaptive Physical Education Conference sponsored by the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NJAHPERD) at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Sports & Training Center, which included over 150 adaptive educators.


Conducted over 160 events in 24 sports on the Local, Area, Sectional and Chapter levels.


Sovereign Bank Arena hosted the firstever indoor Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games Opening Ceremonies.


Documented a record number of Basketball teams, Soccer teams, and Softball teams competing in tournament and league play in 2008.



athletes served in 2008 by Special Olympics New Jersey

The Young Athlete Program (YAP) successfully added 250 families and conducted three statewide events for YAP athletes and parents in 2008. SONJ now offers a Family Sports Skills Kit for classrooms and community groups, and a YAP School’s Kit to maximize school participation, all free of charge.



Hall of Famer, Olympic Gold medalist, U.S. Women’s Soccer Captain, and World Cup Champion Julie Foudy provided more than 100 SONJ athletes with the opportunity to work with several players in an elite soccer clinic program.

Special Olympics New Jersey continued its strong outreach campaign in schools throughout the State; the campaign has successfully increased both inschool and traditional athlete participation.

The Wawa Excercise & Wellness Center at the Sports Complex was home to many athletes, families, and training partners who enjoyed an expanded 2008 training schedule.

SONJ athletes participated in the 4th Annual Camp Shriver during the month of July. Camp Shriver is conducted over five weeks, with a different sport introduced each week including basketball, bocce, soccer, golf and team games. Members of the New York Red Bulls Soccer Team and the PGA joined more than 70 athletes who attended the camp.

offered to all SONJ athletes, free of charge!

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SONJ welcomed Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Fellows Millie Rono and Simon Munayi from Special Olympics Kenya to the SONJ family in March. Through the EKS Fellowship Program, Millie and Simon were selected to take part in a three-month Professional Development opportunity in the United States working with Special Olympics New Jersey.

Achievements Support & Administrationeration

On July 30, 2008, Special Olympics athlete Sara Rosati and her mother appeared on “One-on-One with Steve Adubato,” a talk-show hosted by nationally recognized host, Steve Adubato. The 30-minute program, celebrated Special Olympics New Jersey and provided an in-depth look at the impact participation has on athletes and their families.

LAW ENFORCEMENT for Special Olympics New Jersey celebrated its 25-year anniversary. In 2008, LETR ranked #4 in the world, raising over $2.2 million.

The New York Football Giants Snow Bowl, a flag football tournament held in Giants Stadium, expanded to 24 teams and a twoday event, raising over $30,000 to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey.

photo credit to Denis Niland for NJ Cops

Special Olympics New Jersey is proud to recognize Rutgers University Head Football Coach Greg Schiano as the 2008 Special Olympics New Jersey Honorary Coach. The Board of Directors of Special Olympics New Jersey conducted their annual Evening of Chance at the Special Olympics Sports Complex. Jeanne Oswald, Chair of event, coordinated an exceptional evening featuring games, fine wines and outstanding food. The event showcased the Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex, with funds raised earmarked to support the New Jersey athletes attending the Special Olympics World Winter Games held in February in Boise, Idaho.

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated, Inc. (December 2008 issue)

Sports Illustrated Sports Illustrated Sports Illustrated On December 8, 2008, Sports Illustrated honored Ms. Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the first-ever Legacy Award for founding and inspiring the 40-year growth of Special Olympics. According to Sports Illustrated, this award is given to those who have, over the course of their lifetime, demonstrated the ideals of sportsmanship. The full-length article featured an extensive background of the Special Olympics movement, beginning with the very first Olympic-type Games in Chicago, Illinois, and also including the relationship between Special Olympics New Jersey and Rutgers University.

Fifteen Special Olympics New Jersey athletes and coaches were featured in this historic article: Alyssa Bohner Danielle Bradley Zachary Edenzon James Hernandez

Steven Scian Garrett Thompson Edi Webbe Ahmad Zaman

Courtney Muns Stacy Nonas Joanne Pavlik Synthia Saunders

COACHES Jeff Coleman Donna Roberto Lisa Zabierski

“Working with the Young Athletes and seeing the progress each week continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever been through. To provide them with a safe and enjoyable environment where they are free to be themselves and to grow in the process, you just can’t beat it. What’s equally rewarding for me, is to see their growth as well. I feel blessed to be a part of such a great program.” Parent of a Young Athlete

“Many people ask why I volunteer to work and raise funds for Special Olympics. My only reply is, “It is the right thing to do!” Each day I am with Special Olympics, I get to see the thousands of smiling faces, not only on the athletes but on their families, too. Being in Law Enforcement, we seldom get to share joyful experiences with our fellow citizens, but when you get to put a smile on someone’s face, it speaks volumes.” Lou Hannon, LETR Member

“Special Olympics has made a positive impact on my life. It has shown me that people with various disabilities can come together for a common cause. It is also nice to see how people accept us, and will interact with people who have disabilities. � Brian Cannavina, Special Olympics athlete

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Corporate Partners & Foundations

Champion Partner ($1,000,000 & Up) Law Enforcement for Special Olympics New Jersey N









Silver Medal Partners ($5,000 - $9,999) Premier Partners ($75,000 - $150,000) Continental Airlines, Inc. Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc. Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey / New Jersey Young Insurance Professionals ShopRite / Wakefern Food Corporation The Jersey Shore Running Club

Platinum Partners ($25,000 - $74,999) AmeriHealth New Jersey Atlantic City Electric AT&T Bank of America BASF Corporation HealthQuest of Hunterdon New Jersey Dental Association New Jersey Resources New York Football Giants PGA - New Jersey Section Princeton Partners, Inc. Wawa, Inc.

Gold Medal Partners ($10,000 - $24,999) CharterMaster, LLC Comcast FedEx Corporation Flaghouse, Inc. MultiAd Munich Reinsurance America Nelligan Sports Marketing, Inc. Seton Hall University Athletics Department The College of New Jersey Universal Solutions, Inc. AMERIGROUP Corporation Goldman, Sachs & Co. Greater Media New Jersey Hinkle, Fingles & Prior: Attorneys at Law Metro NY-NJ Spa & Pool Association Omni Video Creations, Inc. Rutgers, The State University Today’s Graphics, Inc.

Bronze Medal Partners ($2,500 - $4,999) University Health Plans, Inc.

Foundation/Grants Partners NJ Dept. of Community Affairs The Wal-Mart Foundation Johnson & Johnson Ronald McDonald House Charities TD Bank through the TD Charitable Foundation The Horizon Foundation for NJ Bristol-Myers Squibb Company CR Bard Foundation, Inc. Grainger Foundation South Jersey Industries State Street Corporation Integra Foundation sanofi-aventis

9 ‘0 Goals


Increase athlete participation by 5% to involve 19,000 athletes.


Increase athlete competition opportunities for more than 170 sport teams through additional Sectional team tournaments.


Increase program offerings in our one-of-a-kind Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex to expand Unified League play in Basketball, Bocce and Volleyball.


Conduct 180 single or multi-sport competitions in 24 sports on the Local, Area, Sectional and Chapter Levels.


Increase funds by 10% through online fundraising activities, Corporate and LETR special events.


Expand the Young Athlete Program to include 500 more Young Athletes between the ages of 2 / and 7 years, establishing 10 new satellite and school programs throughout the state. 1



Produce a written School/Young Athlete Program for implementation in grades K-3, meeting New Jersey core curriculum standards.

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Expenses Pie Chart

Financial Review Expenses

Fundraising 16%

1 2 3

General & Administrative 3%

During 2008, Special Olympics New Jersey reached a new level of financial stability, poised to build on established longterm investment accounts that will secure the future of the organization for years to come. New relationships were established and long-time supporters were fostered. Funds from new sources were created resulting in the foundation for future fundraising initiatives. As a result of establishing a strong foundation, Special Olympics New Jersey was able to secure the following new relationships during the 2008 fiscal year: Grainger Foundation, The Jersey Shore Running Club, MultiAd, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and The Wal-Mart Foundation.

Activities & Programs 81%



of every dollar spent directly benefits athlete programs

Annual Total Expenses in Millions General & Administrative Fundraising Activities & Programs






Activities & Programs

2004 $3,733,620

2005 $3,838,051

2006 $4,279,847

2007 $4,615,748

2008 $4,871,459







General & Administrative






Annual Expense Summary

All corporate partners are recognized for their generous contributions at the Special Olympics New Jersey Annual Awards Dinner, an event attended by more than 600 sponsors, athletes, volunteers and families. Special Olympics NJ athlete Sean Silver and volunteer Tim Sullivan were inducted into the Special Olympics New Jersey Hall of Fame; coaches Chris and Larry Hanko received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.


Individual 20%


Financial Review



of SONJ’s support comes from individuals, corporations and private donations

Contributed Services 19%

Special Olympics New Jersey gratefully acknowledges all sponsors and individuals for their continued loyalty, commitment and support to the organization.

Programs & Grants 3%

Special Events 31%

Sponsorship 27%

Annual Total Revenue in Millions

6 5 4 3 2 1



2004 $4,818,734



2005 $5,108,220


2006 $5,514,807

2007 $6,145,503

Annual Revenue Summary

2008 $5,945,046


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Organizational Team


Stewart E. McClure, Jr. Somerset Hills Bank 1st Vice Chairman

2nd Vice Chairman



Office of the Governor

RC Patrick Development Corp.

Princeton Musculoskeletal Inst.

South Jersey Gas Co.

Barbara Wallace

Greg Matteo

Richard Levandowski, M.D.

Samuel A. Pignatelli

Chief Robert Belfiore

Ronald G. Fulop

Paul Prior

Stephen M. Sweeney

Jerry Coburn

Fred Graziano

Judith L. Roman

Charlie Wimberg

Kris Deni

David Kaugher

Donald Slaght

Ex-Officio Member

TJ Nelligan

Thomas Sullivan

Port Authority of NY & NJ

Special Olympics NJ Athlete

Lawrence Township Public Schools

Cecile A. Feldman, DMD UMDNJ - Dental School

Retired-Johnson & Johnson

TD Bank

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Nelligan Sports Marketing, Inc.

Hinkle, Fingles & Prior Attorneys at Law

NJ Senator, 3rd District

AmeriHealth New Jersey

Atlantic City Electric

Marc S. Edenzon

Workstage LLC

Special Olympics New Jersey

Princeton Partners, Inc.

Ex-Officio Member

Patricia Swartz

Jeanne Oswald, Ed. D.

NJ Department of Community Affairs

Isles, Inc.

AREA DIRECTORS Area 1 - Hudson

Anita Nedswick Area 2 - Passaic

SENIOR MANAGEMENT Area 8 - Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland Area 9 - Essex

Area 3 - Morris, Sussex, Warren

Area 10 - Somerset

Area 4 - Hunterdon

Joyce Kirchin

Frank Petrucci Chris & Larry Hanko Joanne Monaco

Area 7 - Camden, Gloucester, Salem

Marianne Aponte

Lillian Narvaez

Vice President of Sports

Heather B. Andersen

Senior Director of Corporate Development

Area 12 - Bergen

Artie Mortensen

Area 6 - Monmouth, Ocean

Jeri Hickey

Suzanne L. Schwanda, CPA

Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration

Area 11 - Mercer

Area 5 - Middlesex, Union

Doris Darling


Sue Kinsell

Rich Deska

Betty Lunn

Marc S. Edenzon

Area 13 - Burlington

Sandy Rodenbeck

Andrew Johnson

Senior Director of Law Enforcement Sponsorship

Doreen Pustizzi

Senior Director of Communications and Technology

2009 Schedule of Major Events LETR Adopt-a-Cop Sponsorship

Jan. 1-June 12


LETR Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge

Jan. 1

Asbury Park

LETR Polar Bear Plunge Wildwood

Jan. 17

The Wildwoods Convention Ctr.


The New York Giants Snow Bowl Feb. 7 & 8

Mahwah, Morristown, Vernon Giants Stadium, East Rutherford

LETR Polar Bear Plunge Seaside

Feb. 28

Seaside Heights


Mar. 27 & 28

Ewing, Stratford, Wildwood

Inspire Greatness Gala Jersey Shore Running Club RunAPalooza Lincoln Tunnel Challenge Fun Run / Walk The Perlman Cup

April 4

Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City

April 18

Seaside Heights to Asbury Park

April 26


May 11

Forsgate Country Club, Monroe

HealthQuest 5K Run

May 16


The Annual Delta Dental Golf Classic May 27 TD Bank Campaign June 1-30

Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, Far Hills

The Higgins Classic June 1

Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, Far Hills

Nelligan Sports Marketing Golf Classic June 8

Canoe Brook Country Club, Summit

New Jersey Young Insurance Professionals Fun Run

June 9

Atlantic City

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey

June 12



June 12-14

The College of New Jersey

LETR Motorcycle Skills & Show June 28


PIANJ Golf Classic Sept. 14

Stanton Ridge Country Club, Stanton

LETR Golf Classic

Sept. 23

Crystal Springs, Vernon

Continental Airlines / LETR Plane Pull

Sept. 26

Newark Liberty Int’l Airport

American Girl™ Fashion Shows

Oct. 10 & 11

Forsgate Country Club


Oct. 24 & 25

Lawrenceville, Princeton

Evening of Chance

Nov. 14

SONJ Sports Complex

SONJ Annual Awards Dinner

Nov. 20

Westin, Princeton

Schedule subject to change. Over 160 sports competitions are conducted year-round. Visit for a complete and updated schedule of athletic competitions and fundraising special events.

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