Special Olympics makes presentation to Kiwanis Club

Special Olympics New Jersey is a not-for-profit organization that provides sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Amy Simmons, Volunteer Director, Nicolas Limanov, Karen DeChristopher, Dr. Julie Scarano and Joanne Monaco, Sr. Field Services Manager

MORRIS COUNTY — Amy Simmons, Volunteer Director and Joanne Monaco, Sr. Field Services Manager from New Jersey Special Olympics made a presentation to the member of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany as well as the Key Clubs of both Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School.

“Special Olympics New Jersey is more than just sports. From becoming a Unified partner, coach or volunteer to participating in health, fundraising and leadership initiatives, there is something for everyone,” said Joanne Monaco, Sr. Field Services Manager from New Jersey Special Olympics.

Special Olympics has 13 areas that provide local training programs to over 25,000 athletes throughout the state. There are more than 50 area competitions each year that qualify athletes to advance to sectional and state competitions.

You can Volunteer as a Coach – Special Olympics New Jersey coaches play an indispensable role in preparing Special Olympics athletes for competition through training and education. The coaches model good sportsmanship and character. For more information on becoming a Special Olympics coach, contact Casey Henderson at csh@sonj.org.

Special Olympics New Jersey hosts sectional and state competitions from September through June where athletes who advanced from local competitions come together to compete. Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany President Karen DeChristopher said “During the summer there are many volunteer opportunities at Camp Silver for our members, especially members of the two Key Clubs.”

“You don’t have to be a Kiwanis member to volunteer said Nicolas Limanov, co-chairman of Kiwanis Young Children Priority One committee, although we would love to see the over one hundred students in Key Club participate in such a wonderful organization.”

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, email volunteer@sonj.org.

“For those who volunteer, support, and sponsor the Games, it inspires unprecedented pride and hope for a brighter future,” said co-chair Kiwanis Young Children Priority One Dr. Julie Scarano. I have participated in the past and I will continue in the future.

Each year, the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside challenges thousands of brave jumpers from around the state. It’s a great way for everyone – individuals, teams, organizations and businesses – to get involved in supporting Special Olympics New Jersey. This year is the 26th annual Seaside Plunge so come out, have a great time and help us support the 25,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey. The Polar Bear Plunge will be held on February 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 50 Blaine Avenue, Seaside Heights. Click here to register for the plunge.

The 2019 NY Giants Snow Bowl will be held March 15 to March 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at MetLife Stadium, 1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford.

This is no fantasy football game! This official 6-on-6 flag football tournament gives the chance to play on a professional football field and hear the roar of your friends and family as you dive for the goal line!

How? Register a team to play in the 13th Annual New York Giants Snow Bowl to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey. Click here to register.

If you have any questions regarding the Snow Bowl, please contact snowbowl@sonj.org.

Special Olympics New Jersey is a not-for-profit organization that provides sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Interested in learning more about the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, contact President Karen DeChristopher, by emailing karen.dechristopher@gmail.com.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46. Join us for breakfast to learn more about our group of volunteers.

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