Thrilling Competition Highlights Day 2 of Special Olympics 2014 USA Games
The USA Special Olympics is taking place this week in New Jersey. Drew Casey is covering for WFUV. His story on the the second day of competition is the third of a week long series.
Despite temperatures near 90 degrees, spectators and athletes flocked to southern New Jersey for the second day of competition of the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games. Similar to the first day, the events did not disappoint and continued to showcase sports' true champions.
Throughout the day, I made my way to Princeton University for aquatics and athletics preliminaries and to Mercer County Park for tennis and baseball competition. Overall, the experience was spectacular for a third consecutive day.
At Weaver Stadium, competitors of various skill levels competed in different track and field events, including the 50 M dash, 100 M dash, and long jump. While track side, I spoke to Special Olympics Arkansas Coach Jerry Bridges prior to a race that featured one of his athletes. My interview with him is included below.
Just a few steps outside of Weaver Stadium, Princeton's track facility, the aquatics competition took place in the DeNunzio Pool. With the balcony seating area stuffed over capacity, one felt as if they were in a championship game environment. Roars filled the facility prior to, during, and following each of the heats of the 4 x 50 yd freestyle relay that I was able to witness. As athletes left the pool deck, many took a victory lap around the outside of the pool, shaking the hands of spectators and family members.
About twenty minutes away at Mercer County Park, tennis competition was just as exciting. A match between Robert (Bobby) Williams of Missouri and Gregory Liddy was just stellar. There's no other way to put it as Liddy bested Williams in a third set tiebreaker. Following the match, I caught up with Bobby. My interview with him is also included below.
Across the park, New Jersey and Rhode Island took the diamond and represented their respective states very well. The game ended in a 2-2 tie after five innings, but was truly a well played game. Following the game, I had the opportunity to interview New Jersey coach Tony Vlahovic and Rhode Island coach Larry Dame. My interviews with them are also included below.
Competition continues through Friday and spectators are encouraged to attend these events. Admission is free to all events. Stay tuned for coverage of the competition throughout the week right here at WFUV Sports. Tomorrow's coverage will feature events taking place at Rider University and The College of New Jersey. To listen to interviews mentioned above, please click on the appropriate link.