PISCATAWAY,N.J. (June 5, 2013) – The Rutgers football team will continue its annual tradition of taking part in the opening ceremonies of the New Jersey Special Olympics Friday, June 7 at the College of New Jersey. There is no admission fee to any of the events at the Summer Games and the public isencouraged to come out and view the events.
During the last decade, Rutgers football student-athletes have attended the opening ceremonies of the summer games every year, walking into the stadium at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) alongside SONJ athletes. Players have also participated in public service announcements promoting the Special Olympics mission and the administration has provided tickets to athletes and coaches to several football games each year.
Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood will serve as honorary coach of the Special Olympics. As honorary coach, Flood will be asked to address a crowd of over 6,000 athletes, volunteers and family members, to officially open the 2013 summer games. The Rutgers players lead in the parade of athletes at the opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. at Lions Stadium on the TCNJ campus.
Special Olympics New Jersey provides 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.
For more information about Special Olympics New Jersey, visit www.sonj.org, or call 609-896-8000.