On June 14, 3,500 athletes from all across the country will be arriving in Mercer County, New Jersey, to compete in the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games.
The games are estimated to bring 80,000 people to the Garden State. Nationally ranked athletes will compete in 16 sports throughout the area. Princeton University, The College of New Jersey, Rider University, and Mercer County Park are among the venues hosting the athletic events.
“Kids with disabilities are no different from any other kids. As a father, you’re giving my daughter the opportunity to know what it feels like to be a winner.” -State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, MIDJersey Chamber Luncheon
It won’t be all competition throughout the athletes’ one-week stay in New Jersey, though. Participants will get to experience a Jersey Shore Boardwalk without ever leaving Mercer County!
TCNJ is the home of the Jersey Shore Special Olympics Town, where athletes will experience Shore-themed boardwalk rides, games, entertainment and food. Other fun events scheduled for the athletes include a Hudson River cruise to view the Statue of Liberty as well as Trenton Thunder baseball games.
All games are open to the public, so come on down to Mercer County to support the athletes while they are in the great state of New Jersey! The opening ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 15 from 4-6 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark. The games run from June 14-21, 2014 and NJM is sponsoring the tennis competition being held in Mercer County Park. Click here for a full schedule of events.