Free programs, training and competition

For over 55 years, Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) has provided year-round sports training and athletic competition to thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, completely free of charge. Athletes can participate in 24 Olympic-type sports, receive free health screenings, and participate in leadership opportunities.

Through the power of sports, athletes develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience pure joy. Additionally, this inclusive community allows athletes to share their gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, fellow Special Olympics athletes, and the greater community.

Special Olympics New Jersey truly has something for everyone, from Young Athletes, a unique sports play program for children ages 2 through 7 with and without intellectual disabilities, to training and competition for athletes 8 and over, and thousands of volunteer opportunities at over 250 events throughout the year.

With sports as the foundation, Unified Champion Schools offer a unique combination of sports, education, and leadership activities creating school climates of acceptance and inclusion. Health programs, such as Healthy Communities and Healthy Athletes, are working to address the severe health disparities faced by individuals with intellectual disabilities by increasing access to quality health care, prevention practices, and free health screenings.

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