New Jersey Special Olympics
The Summer Games attracted 2700 atheletes and 2940 volunteers. The opening parade, scheduled for Friday evening, was cancelled because of nearby thunderstorms, and was rescheduled to Saturday evening.
Thanks to Joan Nester, Mercer Area District, for organizing and coordinating Scout participation in the Special Olympics. There were more than 179 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
While many companies operated booths and games, two groups merit special acknowledgement. Once again, Shoprite ran the Food Tent and several smaller booths in the midway. Think about it, more than 5,000 atheletes and volunteers passing through the tent for lunch from about 11 AM to 2 PM. Think of how much food has to be available and the organization needed to make it all work.
The other group are the New Jersey Police units. There were several units from various parts of New Jersey. I apologize that I just could not get a list of all the units, but I really enjoy the opportunity to speak with police people from all over the State.
Who do you think was cooking all those hamburgers and hot dogs for the people to enjoy? All morning, the police were cooking over 14 huge charcoal barbeques, a really hot, messy, smoke-filled job. That was one lot of hamburgers and hot dogs. You guys did good.