June 25, 2014

Special Olympics New Jersey: Mercer County Hosts a Celebration

Special Olympics with border

This past week over 3,500 athletes competed in the 2014 Special Olympics Summer Games, joined on the sidelines by their coaches, fans & families.

The games took place state-wide, with most of the events finding homes in Mercer County. Princeton University, The College of New Jersey, Peddie School, Mercer County Park, Rider University, The Hun School, The Lawrenceville School and Arm & Hammer Park all hosted athletic competition.

The Special Olympics have a clear mission:

“To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

That mission was successfully realized during the 2014 Summer Games. Mercer Oak Realty had the opportunity to donate to the games, and was even lucky enough to catch some of the Powerlifting event at The College of New Jersey where we met athlete Willie Diggins, a 46 year old powerlifter from Fayetteville, NC who was proudly handing out his trading cards after an impressive 3rd place victory the day before. In addition to hosting the event, New Jersey fared well in the medal count. Best of luck to all the athletes in their future competitions!

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