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Princeton, New Jersey, to Host 2014 Summer Games for Special Olympics

5 May, 2013


The USA National Games be centered in and around Princeton and the Greater Mercer County area from June 14-21. The National Games are held every four years.

The National Summer Games in the United States will feature athletes from all 52 US programs. New Jersey is proud to have been selected as host of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, the Games of Welcome and Acceptance.

Venues will include Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, and Mercer County Park. The New Jersey Devils have offered The Prudential Center as the venue for the Opening Ceremonies.

 The National Games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes competing in 14 official Olympic-style sports and three demonstration sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 8,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 family, friends and spectators. Competitions will be offered in both Traditional and Unified play.

Non-competitive special events will include the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run™ that will symbolize the start of the competition and Healthy Athletes, a place where the athletes can get vital health screenings.

 Youth and education events will also be held in conjunction with the Games as young leaders rally around making change for the better of the Special Olympics movement and promoting acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.

While the Games will highlight competition, special events including Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athlete events and educational programs throughout the week, will create an experience of a lifetime for all athletes, families and volunteers in attendance, leading to a change in understanding and acceptance of persons with Intellectual Disabilities in communities throughout New Jersey and throughout the United States.

More information is available at http://2014specialolympics.org/#sthash.bnflZ2Jd.dpuf

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