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America's Champions Will Soon Be Revealed Right Here in New Jersey in June at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games

Prepare to be amazed and inspired in about 50 days when New Jersey hosts athletes from across the USA, their families and coaches as well as volunteers and spectators! The group that attended EDANJ's Economics and Eggs Breakfast Seminar on April 23, 2014 sure was.

EDANJ had the pleasure of hearing from Tom Varga, Sr. Vice President for the Games, about the projected $116.5 million positive economic impact of the 2014 Games on New Jersey, especially Mercer County. The effort to bring the 2014 Special Olympics USA Game is four years in the making and has resulted in innovative partnerships between the Special Olympics and a variety of NJ's major businesses as founding partners; schools and universities in Mercer County, Mercer County Park, and sporting arenas throughout the state as event venues and the homes of the opening and closing ceremonies; and media and promotional partners who are broadcasting events, creating promotional videos and television specials. The organization putting on these games has thought of everything to make the experience memorable to the athletes, their families and delegations: they will be treated to a taste of the Shore via a Boardwalk experience being created for them at the College of New Jersey, they are taking over the home of the Trenton Thunder for a night of baseball, and they will cruise around Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. A school enrichment program is being established in 600 school districts to educate students about the Special Olympics and free health screenings are being provided to all athletes. What hasn't the staff of 10 thought of?

Anthony P. Carabelli, Jr., Business Advocate for the County of Mercer's Office of Economic Development and Sustainability (and EDANJ Board Member), on behalf of Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes expressed what an honor it is to be part of the Games and introduced Mr. Varga. JC Giordano of the Special Olympics of New Jersey's Higgins Classic Committee spoke of the state's Special Olympics organization and its ongoing fundraising and other activities that will continue after the 2014 USA Games are over.

If you weren't able to join us for breakfast, EDANJ encourages you to visit and check back with our website, where we will be posting Mr. Varga's PowerPoint presentation and the inspirational video that he shared with us.

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