Sheriff's Officers Particpate in Torch Run for Special Olympics
BOUND BROOK, NJ – Twelve Sheriff’s Officers, six Corrections Officers and two cadets of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office participated in the 35th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, in support of Special Olympics New Jersey, on June 8.
Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano met with his officers before their journey in the parking lot of the Bound Brook ShopRite. More than 3,000 New Jersey officers took to the streets of their local communities on one of 26 separate routes to help carry the "Flame of Hope" to the Special
Olympics New Jersey Summer Games. The culmination of the run was the lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, which officially opened the 2018 Summer Games, an event featuring more than 2,500 Special Olympics athletes.
“Our Office has been involved with this program since the early 2000’s to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics,” said Sheriff Provenzano. “It’s a great feeling knowing we are contributing to individuals with special needs and making a positive experience for them.”
The torch run ended Friday night at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games, held at the College of New Jersey. The weekend saw more than 2,500 Special Olympics athletes compete at aquatics, bocce, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, tennis and track and field during its Summer Games.
Special Olympics New Jersey currently serves more than 24,000 athletes throughout the state. All programs are free to registered athletes, including insurance, facilities, equipment, uniforms, housing & meals for events, awards, sports, education and more. In addition to programs offered on the local, county, sectional and state levels, Special Olympics New Jersey offers free programs and activities at the Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex in Lawrenceville, including Camp Shriver, fitness training, Athlete University, coach and volunteer training sessions, family programs and so much more.
Through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities are benefited physically, mentally, socially and spiritually; families are strengthened, and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding individuals with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.
If you would like to find out more about Special Olympics New Jersey, visit their website at https://www.sonj.org. If you donate, your gift is a meaningful way to make a positive impact in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
Twenty (20) members of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office ran in the 2018 Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey. Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, holding the banner on the right, met with his officers before their journey in the ShopRite parking lot in Bound Brook. More than 3,000 New Jersey officers took to the streets of their local communities on one of 26 separate routes to help carry the "Flame of Hope" to the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games.