New Jersey Special Olympics
Another great New Jersey Special Olympics Summer Games at the College of New Jersey. Congratulations to the more than 2,500 volunteers who helped make this event possible for the 2,300 registered athletes, with total crowd estimated at 7,000. Thanks to Joan Nester, Mercer Area District, for organizing and coordinating Scout participation in the NJ Special Olympics. The opening parade was rained out Friday night and was rescheduled to Saturday afternoon.
Opening Ceremony Cancelled
The Friday evening Opening Ceremony started out okay with a very impressive parade of the atheletes, scouts, Law Enforcement Officers, and some other organizations. Jack Ford, the television newsperson introduced the participants. However as Jack was about to introduce Governor Whitman, the weather bureau issued an immenent storm warning and the crowd was urged to evacuate the stands.
There were more than 110 proud scouts and scouters from the Central New Jersey Council helping with the tables, helping clean up, wearing the special Pineapple, pink rabbit and other costumes, and helping run the games.
The Joan Nester Hall of Fame
Terry Murphy, a big, friendly volunteer with the Wakefern Corporation in Elizabeth, NJ has been at the Special Olympics for more than 11 years. Shoprite seemed to be everywhere. I counted at least five 18-wheelers filled with goodies and great food. Terry says that Wakefern had more than 850 volunteers helping at the event.