Starting tomorrow, Special Olympics North America and the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will co-host the Special Olympics 2013 North America Softball invitational, right here in New Jersey. The competition will take place right in Special Olympics New Jersey’s backyard at Mercer County Park. Over 360 athletes and 96 coaches will represent their teams from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico throughout the tournament. Games will be played by 12 traditional teams along with 12 Unified softballs teams that form from 18 Special Olympics delegations. Competition will be taking place Friday through Sunday at Mercer County Park in West Windsor. See below for a complete schedule of competition times.
Friday, August 23 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 24 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 25 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Opening ceremonies are set to kick off on Friday at 9:00 a.m. where competitors, friends, family and fans are welcome to attend. Surrounding competition on Saturday, all are invited to attend Fan Fest, where everyone can enjoy amusements, games, food vendors and dance party while cheering on the competitors.
This past Summer Special Olympics New Jersey introduced the sport of Baseball to Special Olympics. The athletes have been training all year and this summer competed for the first time. Baseball will be introduced as a demonstration sport for the 2014 USA Games next June as well. To celebrate the beginning of the sport, Team NJ Central and NJ North will play an exhibition game on Baseball Field 1 at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
On Saturday night enjoy watching the best baseball New Jersey has to offer, as the Class AA Affiliate of the New York Yankees, The Trenton Thunder who will play their final game of the season at Arm & Hammer Park Stadium in Trenton. The game begins at 7:00 p.m. and tickets for the public are $10 each.
Sunday will end with the Awards ceremony to celebrate the athlete’s victories throughout the competition. So head over to Mercer County Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday and celebrate Special Olympics athletes from all over North America and witness some of the best Special Olympics Softball competition you can see!
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