Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation in sports gives SONJ athletes 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.
The Sports Complex is a one-of-a-kind facility, affording individuals with intellectual disabilities, their families and the community a place to come together to increase the quality and expand the reach of Special Olympics throughout New Jersey.
SONJ holds four statewide athletic competitions each year: Summer Games, Winter Games, Spring Sports Festival and Fall Sports Festival.
To be eligible to participate in SONJ, athletes must be 8 years of age or older and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures such as intelligence quotient or other generally accepted measures, or a closely related developmental disability, i.e., functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. Children ages 2 ½ to 7 may participate in the Young Athlete Program.
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