Over one hundred Hunterdon County Special Olympics track and field athletes will be showing their “Genuine Jersey Pride” as they participate in the local training program competition which will be held on Sunday, May 3, at Singley Field on the campus of North Hunterdon High School in Annandale.Opening Ceremonies and the parade of athletes and volunteers will begin at 12:45.
Events will include: the 25 to 400 meter dashes and walks, the standing and running long jumps, Turbo Javelin Throw, assorted wheelchair events from 10 to 50 meters, softball and tennis ball throws and the shot put.
North’s Interact Club, is sponsored by the North Hunterdon Rotary, and has had 320 students volunteering to help the athletes in their specific events for the past six weeks, in preparation for this local competition. The public is welcome to attend this free sporting event to be a “Fan in the Stands” and cheer on the athletes to victory.
Several benevolent community based individuals and organizations have stepped up in a substantial way for this year’s sporting event. Joe Colalillo, president of ShopRite of Hunterdon County has once again, generously donated lunches for all of the athletes and volunteers to enjoy before the competition begins. Assisting Area 4 Director, Joyce Kirchin in coordinating the event, are New York Life Insurance Company volunteers, members of the North Hunterdon Rotary Club and members of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Woody Diem used his expertise in constructing a new awards staging area where the athletes will go to receive their medals after each event. New to the program this year, will be several United States Veterans of foreign wars who will honor the athletes by awarding them with their heat or event placement medals.
Approximately twenty of the athletes participating in this Area 4 track and field meet will train with the Hunterdon Central Track and Field team for another six weeks, under the supervision of Karen Skellington and Coach Sharon Tompa. These athletes will be joining over 2500 others as they participate in Special Olympics New Jersey State Summer Games which will be held at The College of New Jersey from June 12-14.
New athletes parents or staff, volunteers, coaches, civic groups or local businesses are always welcome to get involved in any of the year-round activities offered in Hunterdon County and may contact Area Director Joyce Kirchin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-528-9009.