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Special Olympics USA's Remarkable Opening Ceremony

by Drew Casey
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Drew Casey : WFUV Sports

The Special Olympics Kicks Off with a Bang

The USA Special Olympics is taking place this week in New Jersey. This story on the Opening Ceremonies is the first of a week-long series.

Outstanding. Inspiring. Professional. Amazing. Exciting. Uplifting. All these words accurately characterize Sunday’s Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Although traffic delayed the start of the ceremony and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was unable to speak, the ceremony was a great success. Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, the cast of Wicked and Lashelle Griffin provided top of the line entertainment, while Jack Ford and Andrea Tantaros hosted the parade of athletes. Michael Carter-Williams and Brooklyn Decker served as masters of ceremonies for the event and numerous other celebrities provided words of encouragement and inspiration.

This and more added up to a ceremony that was truly a remarkable spectacle in downtown Newark. The event was one of the most inspiring in this young, aspiring sports media professional’s life and rocked the Prudential Center as much as the New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Final showdown with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012.

The torch-lighting ceremony formally opened the national competition of America’s true champions that is held every four years. New Jersey is proud to host these games, and will utilize many facilities at its institutions of higher learning in the Trenton area. Athletic completion will take place from Monday to Friday at Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Park, Mercer Oaks Golf Club, Carolier Lanes, The Lawrenceville School, The Hun School, Peddie School, and Skillman Park. Events include aquatics, golf, bocce, and many others, but are about more than gold medals. They are about celebrating these athletes and the challenges they have overcome, and recognizing them as true champions.

All athletic competition is open free to the public, and spectators are encouraged to attend to support these athletes. Stay tuned for continuing coverage throughout the week right here from WFUV Sports.

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