2010 USA National Games Nebraska July 18-23, 2010
T E A M New Jersey Delegation Official Media Guide
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Special Olympics New Jersey is a statewide, sports training and athletic competition program that provides year-round opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, completely free of charge. More than 21,000 athletes train and compete through local school, agency and community programs. Athletes compete at area, sectional and statewide levels during four sports seasons. All competitions are conducted by certified sports officials according to National Governing Body sports rules. Special Olympics New Jersey Year-Round Sports Fall:
Cycling, Equestrian, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball
Winter: Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing, Floor Hockey, Snowboarding,
Figure and Speed Skating, Snowshoeing
Spring: Basketball, Bowling, Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) Summer: Aquatics, Bocce, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Sailing, Softball,
Tennis, Track & Field
2010 USA National Games WHAT The 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Nebraska will unite the country through sport and serve as a living legacy of founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. These Games will provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the Special Olympics movement and athletes, while illustrating the power of sports to educate and inform about the true abilities and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities. While providing opportunities for all to get involved, the USA National Games will present a nationwide platform to engage youth as â€œagents of changeâ€? to foster and promote unity, inclusion, acceptance, respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. WHEN July 18-23, 2010 Opening Ceremonies will include an exciting and entertaining show with the Parade of Athletes, the culmination of the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run and lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron.
SPORTS - Aquatics - Basketball - Bocce - Bowling - Flag Football - Golf - Rhythmic Gymnastics - Powerlifting - Soccer - Softball - Tennis - Track & Field - Volleyball
WHO 3,000 athletes from 50 states 8,000 volunteers 1,000 event officials 30,000 fans WHERE University of Nebraska and other locations throughout Lincoln, Nebraska 2
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Fifty-two athletes have been selected to represent New Jersey at These athletes will compete against athletes from across the country as part of Team New Jersey.
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AQUATICS KATHERINE CAJULAO
DOB: 4/20/81 HOMETOWN: Galloway YEARS INVOLVED: 15 FAST FACTS: enjoys video games and playing the piano; received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in Aquatics, Bowling and Golf
“I look forward to establishing friendships with my team members. We could support each other and have a great time at the 2010 National Summer Games!”
DOB: 4/08/91 HOMETOWN: Bernardsville YEARS INVOLVED: 6 FAST FACTS: enjoys horse back riding, running and bowling; 2009 Special Olympics New Jersey Bowling Gold Medalist; also competes in Equestrian
“It is a GREAT honor to represent Team New Jersey at National Games. It has been my dream since 2003!”
DOB: 7/5/83 HOMETOWN: Westville YEARS INVOLVED: 6 FAST FACTS: enjoys Nintendo Wii, X-box and Playstation; employed at Wawa; likes to attend hockey and baseball games
“Being chosen to attend the National Summer Games gives me a sense of accomplishment for all of the training and competitions I have put forth throughout the years.”
DOB: 4/19/88 HOMETOWN: Princeton Junction YEARS INVOLVED: 14 FAST FACTS: enjoys scrapbooking, music and dancing; is a front desk assistant at Gold’s Gym; completed Athlete University; a Global Messenger who has given numerous speeches
“Special Olympics has helped me be a better team member, a better athlete and has helped me make new friends. ”
DOB: 10/25/90 HOMETOWN: Freehold YEARS INVOLVED: 12 FAST FACTS: enjoys playing the clarinet; member of three swim teams; earned Varsity Letter freshman year at Freehold Township High School
“I feel very proud to be on Team NJ. It is an honor to be chosen for the team. It gives me the chance to work, train hard and compete against the best Special Olympics athletes in the United States!”
DOB: 12/13/75 HOMETOWN: Point Pleasant YEARS INVOLVED: 20 FAST FACTS: enjoys cooking and personal fitness; employed at the ARC workshop; also competes in Basketball and Bowling
“Being in Special Olympics allows me to compete in sports that are fun, encouraging and lets me interact with people from all over the world!
BASKETBALL MARQUES DAVIS
DOB: 2/15/81 HOMETOWN: Trenton YEARS INVOLVED: 2 FAST FACTS: employed at Pond Run Housing; a high school graduate; loves to work out and exercise
“Attending the National Games will be an adventure that I am looking forward to. I can’t wait to get to Nebraska and play with my teammates.”
DOB: 8/27/73 HOMETOWN: Branchburg YEARS INVOLVED: 20 FAST FACTS: enjoys puzzles, walking, exercise, music and attending car shows; is a mail clerk at Pitney Bowes; also competes in Alpine Skiing, Softball and Soccer
“Special Olympics gives me a chance to meet other people. I’ve learned sportsmanship and it has given me enough confidence to set goals and to achieve anything that I want.”
DOB: 11/11/69 HOMETOWN: Edison YEARS INVOLVED: 10 FAST FACTS: enjoys cooking and cleaning; also competes in Softball and Floor Hockey
“I feel really good about going to the National Games. I’m ready to show my team and the state of Nebraska what I enjoy doing - and that’s basketball!”
DOB: 4/20/81 HOMETOWN: Ringoes YEARS INVOLVED: 4 FAST FACTS: enjoys curling and video games; employed at ShopRite supermarket; competes in Softball and Volleyball
“Special Olympics has changed my life in so many ways. It gives me the opportunity to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I also have a lot of fun competing!”
DOB: 12/2/91 HOMETOWN: Hamilton YEARS INVOLVED: 10 FAST FACTS: enjoys landscaping; volunteers at a local school; competes in Aquatics, Bowling, Flag Football and Softball
“Attending the 2010 National Games is a big accomplishment. It also will be a new adventure for me and hopefully a winning one!”
DOB: 7/25/87 HOMETOWN: Somerset YEARS INVOLVED: 2 FAST FACTS: enjoys music and jogging; a high school graduate; also competes in Flag Football and Softball; is employed at local Stop & Shop supermarket
“Special Olympics is really special to me. I have opened up to more people. Going to Nationals will be really exciting to me.”
DOB: 2/06/82 HOMETOWN: Mount Holly YEARS INVOLVED: 9 FAST FACTS: received gold medals in Basketball and Floor Hockey at Special Olympics New Jersey State Games; employed at Giselle Movers
“Attending the National Games is very exciting! I am ready to go to the biggest sporting event that I have ever been involved in! Go Team New Jersey!!”
DOB: 5/24/89 HOMETOWN: Trenton YEARS INVOLVED: 6 FAST FACTS: enjoys computers and exercising; competes in Flag Football and Softball; employed at Mercer County Special Services School District
“Attending the National Games means a lot to me. Not only do I get to compete with the best in the country, I get to meet new people and create friendships that will last a lifetime.”
DOB: 11/9/81 HOMETOWN: Mount Holly YEARS INVOLVED: 20 FAST FACTS: collects “Hot Wheels” cars; employed at local country club; chosen for 2009 World Winter Games Floor Hockey team; also competes in Flag Football and Softball
“It will be my first time attending National Games for the sport of Basketball. I hope that it will be enjoyable for both me and my teammates.”
DOB: 7/13/92 HOMETOWN: Mount Holly YEARS INVOLVED: 2 FAST FACTS: enjoys baseball; received gold medal in Basketball at SONJ Chapter games
“Its cool to represent Team New Jersey and play against teams from other states.”
BOCCE LISA KMIEC
DOB: 9/15/86 HOMETOWN: Lawrenceville YEARS INVOLVED: 12 FAST FACTS: enjoys listening to music, bowling and being with friends; is a NY Yankees fan; also competes in Bowling and Snowshoeing
“I am so proud to be a part of Special Olympics. I am happy to be a part of Team Bocce and going to Nebraska!”
DOB: 12/09/82 HOMETOWN: Howell YEARS INVOLVED: 20 FAST FACTS: is a high school graduate; employed at Monmouth ARC; loves to travel to Atlantic City; is a big fan of Bruce Springsteen and KISS.
“I am so proud of myself!! Getting to play bocce and winning a Gold medal at the State Games is great! And then to qualify for the National Summer Games is even better! I can hardly believe it!”
DOB: 9/28/90 HOMETOWN: Wayne YEARS INVOLVED: 9 FAST FACTS: enjoys art, poetry, history, science and bowling; competes in Basketball, Bocce, Bowling and Volleyball; member of the Wayne Hills Varsity Bowling Team
“It is such an honor to be chosen for National Games - I still can’t believe that I am going. I am happy to represent New Jersey; I hope that I do well and that everyone is proud of me.”
DOB: 11/14/63 HOMETOWN: Paterson YEARS INVOLVED: 15 FAST FACTS: also competes in Bowling, Volleyball and Track & Field; enjoys listening to music and being with friends; loves to compete in all sports
“Special Olympics is a life-changer because it has allowed me to meet many friends and to participate in the State Games and National Games with them.”
BOWLING MICHAEL CAPONE
DOB: 5/18/89 HOMETOWN: Lawrenceville YEARS INVOLVED: 8 FAST FACTS: enjoys horseback riding, basketball and puzzles; also competes in Tennis and Soccer
“Attending the 2010 National Summer Games is a great thing! It is even better to get to bowl with my teammates!”
DOB: 7/2/69 HOMETOWN: Hawthorne YEARS INVOLVED: 20 FAST FACTS: enjoys music, dancing and reading; keeps a daily journal; employed at the George Washington School
“I’m proud of myself for reaching this level of competition, and for being chosen to represent Team New Jersey. I am looking forward to meeting other Special Olympics athletes and visiting another part of our country. ”
DOB: 9/14/72 HOMETOWN: Cherry Hill YEARS INVOLVED: 12 FAST FACTS: enjoys music and video games; employed at the ARC of Camden County
“I am grateful for Special Olympics. It has taught me how to compete and accept my rankings during competition.”
DOB: 6/8/95 HOMETOWN: Mullica Hill YEARS INVOLVED: 3 FAST FACTS: enjoys cheerleading and music; placed first in the 2009 Chapter Bowling competition
“National Games means a lot to me. I am eager to meet new people, travel and have as much fun as possible during the bowling competition.”
FLAG FOOTBALL JOEY CLAWSON
DOB: 7/20/88 HOMETOWN: Ewing YEARS INVOLVED: 9 FAST FACTS: collects Yugioh cards and books; is a Philadelphia Eagles and NY Yankees fan; competes in Aquatics, Basketball, Golf, Tennis and Floor Hockey
“Wow! National Games! It is great to be picked to compete in Nebraska because it gives me the chance to play against and meet new people from all over the country!”
DOB: 8/10/66 HOMETOWN: Mays Landing YEARS INVOLVED: 10 FAST FACTS: enjoys fishing, bike riding and scrap booking; is a cook at Host Marriot Hotel; competes in Basketball, Floor Hockey, Softball, Soccer, and Volleyball
“Its an honor to be a part of Team New Jersey. The National Games will be not only exciting, but fun since I will meet new people.”
DOB: 1/19/79 HOMETOWN: Eastampton YEARS INVOLVED: 14 FAST FACTS: competed in 2009 World Winter Games in Idaho; was first athlete to run in the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Guantanamo Bay Cuba; member of SONJ Board of Directors
“Special Olympics has given me a better understanding of people with intellectual disabilities, and has given me more confidence to succeed in my life.”
DOB: 5/11/83 HOMETOWN: Eastampton YEARS INVOLVED: 8 FAST FACTS: enjoys movies, spending time with family and friends; employed at Pitney Bowes as a mail clerk; is a Global Messenger
“Special Olympics has boosted my self confidence. It is also an honor to be picked out of all the other athletes to attend National Games.”
DOB: 2/7/85 HOMETOWN: Lawrence YEARS INVOLVED: 4 FAST FACTS: enjoys taking care of small children; is a high school graduate with honors; competes in Basketball and Softball; employed at Shoprite supermarket
“I love to be involved, meet new people and keep in shape. Special Olympics has allowed me to do just that.”
DOB: 11/7/72 HOMETOWN: Lawrenceville YEARS INVOLVED: 15 FAST FACTS: is a Philadelphia Eagles fan; enjoys time spent on the computer, video games and Facebook; loves to care for his niece and nephews
“I value team effort. Everyone has the ability to win. Going to National Games will allow my team mates and I to do just that. It will be exciting to represent New Jersey.”
DOB: 6/22/83 HOMETOWN: Marlton YEARS INVOLVED: 13 FAST FACTS: enjoys movies, sports and being with friends; employed at TD Bank; graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a B.A. in Business and Technology
“Attending the 2010 National Games means a lot to me. I will do my best, no matter what the result is on the field. This is going to be a great opportunity for me and the other athletes on my team.”
DOB: 12/29/63 HOMETOWN: Pennsauken YEARS INVOLVED: 23 FAST FACTS: enjoys dancing, bowling, professional and high school wrestling; is an avid Phillies and Eagles fan; holds an 173 bowling average
“I would not have met many other New Jersey athletes and athletes from other states, and have seen part of the United States had it not been for Special Olympics. Thank you Special Olympics NJ for all you have to offer to people with intellectual disabilities.”
DOB: 4/25/89 HOMETOWN: Robbinsville YEARS INVOLVED: 12 FAST FACTS: loves to drive, watch movies, cook and be around friends; first-year college student; is a cook at Mercer County Community College; competed in 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho
“National Games will be a new experience for me. It is an exciting experience to go somewhere that I have never been before and to have a chance to meet new people from all over the country.”
DOB: 3/11/95 HOMETOWN: Riverside YEARS INVOLVED: 6 FAST FACTS: enjoys basketball, golf, video games and movies; likes going to the beach with his family; also competes in Basketball and Golf
“Special Olympics has given me many opportunities, including meeting many friends in New Jersey. Playing against everyone is fun and exciting. I’ve always wanted to play on a Flag Football team, and now I can. What’s even better is that I can play against people from different states at Nationals! ”
DOB: 11/26/81 HOMETOWN: Northvale YEARS INVOLVED: 10 FAST FACTS: favorite hero is John Daly; works part-time at ShopRite; also competes in Basketball and Bowling
“Special Olympics has challenged me to compete at the highest level. It has only improved my focus and concentration. Going to National Games is an honor. I look forward to testing myself against the other Golf athletes.”
DOB: 12/1/92 HOMETOWN: Freehold YEARS INVOLVED: 6 FAST FACTS: loves to read and write; enjoys video games, collecting Yogioh cards and Legos; won more than 40 medals in swimming over 5 years of competition
“In my six years of competition, I’ve made some lasting friendships with Special Olympics athletes. In fact, my best friend is also a part of the Team New Jersey Aquatics team. It is cool because we will be together for the same reason, just participating in different events. ”
SOCCER CODY BRUNER
DOB: 4/4/89 HOMETOWN: Barrington YEARS INVOLVED: 3 FAST FACTS: loves to collect Nascar memorabilia; also competes in Basketball, Bowling, Softball and Floor Hockey
“Special Olympics has been great in my life because it allows me to play all of the sports that I love. ”
DOB: 1/22/91 HOMETOWN: Robbinsville YEARS INVOLVED: 10 FAST FACTS: loves spending time with his dog Tessa; enjoys video games, reading and watching movies; also competes in Softball
“Being a part of Team New Jersey makes me feel happy and proud. I love being a Special Olympics athlete! It has helped me to be come a better athlete and meet new people.”
DOB: 10/25/89 HOMETOWN: Morris Plains YEARS INVOLVED: 3 FAST FACTS: enjoys sports, traveling, watching television and movies; 2009 Special Olympics New Jersey Fall athlete of the Year; SONJ Athlete University graduate
“Special Olympics and the 2010 National Games mean a tremendous amount to me. I can finally be someone special and not just be part of the crowd watching. I am very proud of what I have accomplished in Special Olympics, and to be a part of National Games is a dream come true for me.”
CARLOS (ANDI) HOZ DE VILA DOB: 10/22/88 HOMETOWN: Moorestown YEARS INVOLVED: 3 FAST FACTS: enjoys tennis, basketball and music; received a Gold medal in Soccer and Bronze medal in Basketball
“National Games will be a wonderful adventure for me. I’m looking forward to competing at my very best. ”
DOB: 2/3/90 HOMETOWN: Trenton YEARS INVOLVED: 10 FAST FACTS: loves to play basketball and video games; also competes in Basketball; currently a culinary art student
“I am excited to attend my first National Games. Go Team New Jersey!”
DOB: 11/3/88 HOMETOWN: Collingswood YEARS INVOLVED: 3 FAST FACTS: enjoys World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and drag racing; loves to work on cars with his father; is a Teacher’s Assistant at Kate’s Place
“It is an honor to attend Nationals and I am very excited to meet other Special Olympics athletes. I will also play to the best of my ability.”
DOB: 3/6/90 HOMETOWN: Hillsborough YEARS INVOLVED: 15 FAST FACTS: enjoys basketball, horseback riding, computer and video games; a high school graduate; was extremely proud to light the torch at the local county games
“I am very proud to represent Special Olympics New Jersey. After attending the youth rally at the 2009 Winter Games, I have learned to speak out about the ‘R-Word’. I have also learned about different sports like Basketball, Floor Hockey and Soccer.”
DOB: 6/22/94 HOMETOWN: Skillman YEARS INVOLVED: 3 FAST FACTS: enjoys music and video games; also competes in Aquatics, Basketball, Tennis and Volleyball
“Go Team New Jersey! Let’s get ready to show them what we do best at Nationals!!!”
DOB: 8/20/89 HOMETOWN: Millstone Township YEARS INVOLVED: 12 FAST FACTS: a huge fan of the New Jersey Devils hockey team; enjoys music, spending time outdoors and surfing the internet; plays the piano and banjo; is a Global Messenger
“Going to the National Games is really a big deal for me. There’s a rush of excitement when I talk about it with my friends and family. It’s going to be a lot of fun playing in the big leagues in Nebraska. I’m really looking forward to competition!”
DOB: 7/17/91 HOMETOWN: Skillman YEARS INVOLVED: 5 FAST FACTS: gold medalist in Basketball, Swimming and Soccer; recipient of 2007 Presidential Award; also competes in Aquatics, Tennis and Volleyball; lit the cauldron at the 2007 Special Olympics NJ Summer Games
“I am proud to be representing New Jersey. It will be good to meet new people from all over the country.”
TRACK & FIELD VICTORIA BENFIELD
DOB: 1/7/62 HOMETOWN: Morristown YEARS INVOLVED: 35 FAST FACTS: enjoys music, watching movies and cooking; received first-ever Gold medal in 2009; is employed at Friendly’s restaurant.
“Attending a National Games competition has been a lifetime goal for me! I am more excited about this than anything else that’s ever happened to me!”
DOB: 6/16/93 HOMETOWN: Plainsboro YEARS INVOLVED: 4 FAST FACTS: enjoys cheerleading, dance and music; competes in Soccer and Cross Country Skiing; received a Gold medal in Track & Field
“It is great to be a part of Team New Jersey at National Games. I look forward to meeting new people and participating and competing.”
DOB: 8/25/80 HOMETOWN: Lincoln Park YEARS INVOLVED: 23 FAST FACTS: enjoys sports, computers and traveling; is a Global Messenger and a member of the Athlete Congress and Athlete Input Council; volunteer at Camp Wishes
“Being a part of National Games is really cool! I’m really excited to represent Team New Jersey. This is the first time I’ve ever been to an event of this size. Competing in the National Games will give me the opportunity to train with different coaches and it will be fun to meet new friends from other places.”
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DOB: 6/21/82 HOMETOWN: Fair Lawn YEARS INVOLVED: 18 FAST FACTS: enjoys music, going to concerts and swimming; high school graduate; employed at Friendship House; also competes in Basketball, Bowling and Volleyball
“The National Games is something new to me. It will be exciting to be a part of Team New Jersey. It is also an achievement that I am very proud of just like graduating high school.”
DOB: 1/6/94 HOMETOWN: Vernon YEARS INVOLVED: 4 FAST FACTS: enjoys shopping, listening to music and being active in her church youth group; also competes in Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Bocce and Bowling
“Special Olympics has changed my life a lot. I am more confident, more social, and I love to compete and meet new people!”
DOB: 8/28/90 HOMETOWN: Cape May YEARS INVOLVED: 10 FAST FACTS: enjoys reading, music and photography; earned a high school varsity letter in Basketball and Track & Field; lit cauldron at 2010 SONJ Summer Games
“Attending National Games is like a dream come true! I can’t wait to travel to Nebraska to meet new friends and compete at my very best!”
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HOMETOWN: Bernardsville NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Aquatics YEARS INVOLVED: 8
HOMETOWN: Galloway NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Aquatics YEARS INVOLVED: 18
HOMETOWN: Newton, PA NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Basketball YEARS INVOLVED: 7
HOMETOWN: Westampton NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Basketball YEARS INVOLVED: 19
HOMETOWN: Ringwood NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Bocce YEARS INVOLVED: 16
FACTS AT A GLANCE team new jersey coaches
Coaches play a unique and indispensable role in Special Olympics around the world. Often the first face a Special Olympics athlete will see, coaches provide the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete. In addition, coaches are role models and character builders. Coaches give Special Olympics New Jersey athletes the most immediate awareness of their own worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve. Special Olympics New Jersey coaches obtain necessary facilities and equipment for training; help to recruit athletes and assistant coaches; assist athletes in learning sports skills and applying them in competitions; encourage confidence and self-esteem through sport; conduct demonstrations in the community; help start Partners Clubs of peer coaches with their athletes; and, start Unified Sports速 teams.
HOMETOWN: Hamilton Township NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Bowling YEARS INVOLVED: 24
HOMETOWN: Little Egg Harbor NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Flag Football YEARS INVOLVED: 15
MICHAEL MARGERUM HOMETOWN: Trenton NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Flag Football YEARS INVOLVED: 5
HOMETOWN: Eastampton Township NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Flag Football YEARS INVOLVED: 14
HOMETOWN: Freehold NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Golf YEARS INVOLVED: 3
HOMETOWN: Hamilton NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Soccer YEARS INVOLVED: 1
HOMETOWN: Philadelphia NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Soccer YEARS INVOLVED: 4
HOMETOWN: Greenwich, CT NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Soccer YEARS INVOLVED: 20
HOMETOWN: South River NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Track YEARS INVOLVED: 23
JOANNE MONACO HOMETOWN: Ewing NATIONAL GAMES SPORT: Track YEARS INVOLVED: 21
2010 USA National Games Signature Events Opening & Closing Ceremonies Opening and Closing Ceremonies are two of the most anticipated celebrations of each and every Special Olympics Games. Athletes, coaches, volunteers, families and friends come together by the thousands to kick off the Games and bring the competition to a close.
Healt h y At h letes Since officially launching in 1997 as a Special Olympics program, Healthy Athletes has grown to provide seven different health screenings - Fit Feet, FUNfitness, Healthy Hearing, Health Promotion, Opening Eyes, MedFest and Special Smiles - with the goal to improve athletes’ ability to train and compete. All of the athletes competing at the 2010 USA National Games are eligible to receive free health screenings provided by licensed medicare professionals.
C essna A i r l i ft In July 2010, Cessna Citation owners will come together to transport more than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from across the United States to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the National Games. Corporations and individual owners and operators donate their Citation business jets, pilots and fuel to transport athletes to the Games.
Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Program Over 100 High School Honor Students are brought to Omaha along with 50 - 100 Special Olympics athletes to go through an intensive leadership program. The program is specifically developed by the Gallup organization and assists athletes in becoming self-advocates and teaches public speaking.
T h e S p o rts E x p e r i ence
The Sports Experience is a promotional event held during National Games in which each Special Olympics sponsor is given a booth to highlight their organization while supporting Special Olympics and its athletes.
The Founder’s Reception is Special Olympics’ signature reception. It is a high profile event, celebrating the mission and robust history of Special Olympics while we honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s legacy. The Founder’s Reception will be held on Monday, July 19, 2010 in La Vista, Nebraska. More than 500 guests will be in attendance.
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Special Olympics New Jersey Statement of Purpose Special Olympics, Incorporated is a worldwide program of sports training and athletic competition open to individuals with intellectual disabilities regardless of their abilities. The International Olympic Committee has granted its official recognition to Special Olympics, Incorporated. Mission The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports to 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. Vision Special Olympics New Jersey will be the premier non-profit sports organization worldwide, known for excellence and innovation in providing opportunities that enrich the lives of its athletes, their families and society as a whole. Eligibility To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, Young Athletes must be 21/2 - 7 years old, or athletes must be at least 8 years old, and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability; a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures such as intelligence quotient or other generally accepted measures; or a closely related developmental disability, i.e., functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics New Jersey. All prospective athletes must register to participate in Special Olympics.
2010 Seasonal Statewide Games & Events Winter Games Floor Hockey Tournament January 9 & 10 Wildwood Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Speed Skating February 1-3 Mahwah, Morristown, Vernon Spring Sports Festival Basketball, Bowling March 27 & 28 Ewing, Stratford, Wildwood Summer Games Aquatics, Bocce, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Softball, Tennis and Track & Field June 11-13 The College of New Jersey, Ewing Fall Sports Festival Cycling, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball October 22, 29 & 30 Lawrenceville, Princeton Get involved, volunteer! For volunteer opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 35
Special Olympics Style Guide Words matter. Words can open doors to cultivate the understanding and respect that enable people with disabilities to lead fuller, more independent lives. Words can also create barriers or stereotypes that are not only demeaning to people with disabilities, but also rob them of their individuality. The following language guidelines have been developed by experts for use by anyone writing or speaking about people with intellectual disabilities to ensure that all people are portrayed with individuality and dignity. Appropriate Terminology Refer to participants in Special Olympics as Special Olympics athletes rather than Special Olympians or Special Olympic athletes. Refer to individuals, persons or people with intellectual disabilities, rather than intellectually disabled people or the intellectually disabled. A person has intellectual disabilities, rather than is suffering from, is afflicted with or is a victim of mental retardation/intellectual disabilities. Distinguish between adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Use adults or children, or older or younger athletes. A person uses a wheelchair, rather than is confined or restricted to a wheelchair. "Down syndrome" has replaced Down s Syndrome and mongoloid. Refer to participants in Special Olympics as athletes. In no case should the word athletes appear in quotation marks. When writing, refer to persons with a disability in the same style as persons without a disability: full name on first reference and last name on subsequent references. Do not refer to an individual with intellectual disabilities as "Bill" rather than the journalistically correct "Bill Smith" or "Smith." A person has a physical disability rather than crippled. Use the words "Special Olympics" when referring to the worldwide Special Olympics movement. Terminology to Avoid Do not use the label "kids" when referring to Special Olympics athletes. Adult athletes are an integral part of the movement. Do not use the word "the" in front of Special Olympics unless describing a specific Special Olympics event or official. Do not use the adjective "unfortunate" when talking about persons with an intellectual disability. Disabling conditions do not have to be life-defining in a negative way. Do not sensationalize the accomplishments of persons with disabilities. While these accomplishments should be recognized and applauded, people in the disability rights movement have tried to make the public aware of the negative impact of referring to the achievements of people with physical or intellectual disabilities with excessive hyperbole. Use the word "special" with extreme care when talking about persons with intellectual disabilities. The term, if used excessively in references to Special Olympics athletes and activities, can become a clichĂŠ.
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