Special Olympics

Special Olympics New Jersey Facts and Figures


Special Olympics New Jersey
3 Princess Road.
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Tel: (609) 896-8000
Fax: (609) 896-8040


Organization Description

Special Olympics New Jersey is a non-profit organization authorized and accredited by Special Olympics Incorporated and the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation.  Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition in 23 sports for 14,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  More than 10,000 family members and volunteers conduct programs statewide.


Administration and Fund Raising

Special Olympics New Jersey employs a staff of 27 full-time and part-time employees at the Chapter Office in Lawrenceville and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors of 23 members.  Special Olympics Staff and Board Members are responsible for raising the funds necessary to support the coordination of an extensive volunteer management system that provides over 140 competitive events year-round that are free of charge to all participants.  Over 97% of the funds raised are through corporate sponsorships, individual contributions, special events and campaigns.  In 2003, eighty-one cents of every dollar raised went to programs directly serving athletes.



Special Olympics New Jersey provides sports training to athletes through local school, agency and community programs that compete on the Area (county), Sectional and Chapter (state) levels in any or all of four sports seasons.  Certified sports officials, in compliance with the National Governing Body Sports Rules, conduct all competitions.


Fall:                 Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Roller Skating, Soccer, Volleyball.

Winter:             Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey,

Speed Skating.

Spring:            Basketball, Bowling, Motor Activity Training.
Summer:             Aquatics, Bocce, Gymnastics, Power lifting, Sailing, Softball, Tennis,

Table Tennis, Track and Field.


Orientations, as well as training and certification programs, prepare volunteers at all levels to train athletes and conduct competitions. Participation opportunities beyond the traditional Special Olympics programs offered include Unified Sports®, a program that includes individuals from the community who play on teams with Special Olympics athletes.  This program provides additional volunteer opportunities to members of the community while allowing Special Olympics athletes to be introduced to community-based sports.




New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey Facts and Figures


§         The mission of The Law Enforcement Torch Runâ is to raise dollars and awareness of Special Olympics New Jersey.


§         The original Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 in Wichita, Kansas as a vision of Police Chief Richard LaMunyon who wanted to give his officers an opportunity to participate in something positive.  Today the Torch Run is active in all 50 United States and in 120 foreign countries.


§         The New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run has ranked number one in the world in fundraising for three consecutive years: 2002, 2003 and 2004.  They also are recognized as one of the largest groups of Law Enforcement volunteers for Special Olympics worldwide.


§         In New Jersey, The Torch Run travels over 950 miles, through 275 communities, and involves more than 2,700 officers.  The officers who participate in the annual Torch Run are representatives from all branches of law enforcement including local, state and federal agencies.


§          On June 3, 2005 The New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run will originate from 26 different points statewide. There will be as many as 10 torches being run simultaneously prior to the final leg, which will originate from the steps of the State House and continue to The College of New Jersey for the Opening Ceremonies of Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games.


§         The Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey is a volunteer organization spearheaded by a committee of 48 members.  Approximately 200 Law Enforcement officers also volunteer at both the Winter and Summer Games, by awarding medals to the athletes and by assisting Shop Rite and the Knights of Columbus with the distribution of meals to athletes, volunteers, coaches and families.


The Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey State Committee’s year-round commitment includes 13 additional fund raisers that offer opportunities for the community to engage in recreational activities that benefit Special Olympics New Jersey.  Here are some of fund raisers: The Torch Run, the Plane Pull, the Lincoln Tunnel 5K Run, the Polar Bear Plunge, golf outings, and much more. While participating, community members also have the opportunity to meet and interact with Special Olympics athletes.