NEW JERSEY – The coronavirus outbreak has forced Special Olympics New Jersey to cancel this year’s summer games which was to be held June 5 -7 at The College of New Jersey.
This past week, Special Olympics International (SOI) strongly recommended that all Special Olympics programs cancel all in-person training, competitions, events and activities until May 31, 2020.
“As you know, Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) relies on thousands of individuals which include volunteers, coaches, family members, law enforcement and sponsors, all who provide support to our athletes. To keep all groups as safe as possible, the cancellation became necessary,” Special Olympics New Jersey President & CEO Heather Andersen said.
On @SpecialOlympics recommendations, coupled with restrictions in place by our state government, we have made the extremely difficult decision to suspend all activities through May 31, including 2020 Summer Games, scheduled for June 5-7 at @TCNJ. Read more https://t.co/FDXzSHrycG pic.twitter.com/mkqkqYd29m— Special Olympics NJ (@SONewJersey) March 24, 2020
“I realize this is extremely disappointing to our athletes and everyone within our organization, but I do ask for your patience and understanding. By making these difficult decisions now, we believe in the near future, that we can get back to doing what we do best, which is providing sports, fitness, health and leadership opportunities to our athletes. In addition, SONJ will continue to be in communication with schools and school districts and, once schools reopen, we can support the resumption of Unified programming as and when it happens,” Anderson said.
“Because we know that missing out on practices, games, and other social opportunities will only make these coming weeks more difficult, SONJ is committed to providing alternative, remote programming. Over the next few days and weeks, we will roll out several new opportunities to participate in fitness, wellness and training from home,” Anderson said.
The Special Olympics New Jersey staff will be working remotely for the time being. Any questions or require additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.