February 28, 2014
RE: Sample Resolution to Welcome Special Olympians and the Families and Supporters to New Jersey
At our Conference last November, we adopted a formal resolution, jointly sponsored by Hamilton Township (Mercer) Mayor Kelly Yaede and Ewing Township Mayor Bert Steinmann, welcoming 2014 Special Olympics U.S.A. Games to New Jersey. We thank Mayors Yaede and Steinmann for bringing this event to our attention and we invite all New Jersey municipalities to join the League in honoring a great organization and the great people who participate in Special Olympics.
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred to nearly 4.2 million athletes in over 170 countries. With the support of more than one million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 70,000 competitions throughout the year, and in national and international competitions.
New Jersey has the honor of hosting the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, which will take place June 14 – 21, 2014. Following the Opening Ceremony at Prudential Center in Newark, Special Olympic events will be held at venues in numerous Mercer County municipalities and at Brunswick Zone-Carolier in Middlesex County.
The 2014 USA Games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes – including 270 Special Olympics athletes from New Jersey - competing in 16 Olympic-style sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and an estimated 70,000 family, friends and spectators.
Please ask your governing body to consider adopting a resolution recognizing this tremendous event and welcoming the 2014 Special Olympics U.S.A. Games to our State. We have posted a sample on our website at http://www.njslom.org/resolutions/SpecialOlympicsResolution.docx.
We will be providing more information on this event over the next few months. Thank you for your consideration.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.