Students in the Law & Public Safety and Health Science program recently volunteered in events surrounding New Jersey Special Olympics. Students in the programs supported the Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 9th along with 3,000 law enforcement officers from throughout the state and at the Special Olympic Games on Saturday, June 10th in Ewing, New Jersey at The College of New Jersey.
Several Law & Public Safety Students ran in the annual Torch Run, organized by law enforcement officials from throughout the state. Volunteers in the event run in their local communities on one of 26 separate routes from around the state. Warren Tech students ran with members of local police departments along route 57 and helped carry the "Flame of Hope" to the Special Olympics New Jersey
The Torch run culminated with the lighting of the Special Olympics New Jersey cauldron at the Opening Ceremony on Friday, June 9th at TCNJ. The lighting of the cauldron signifies the opening of the Summer Games.
Warren Tech students in both Health Science and Law & Public Safety also volunteered at the Special Olympic Games on Saturday, June 10th. The Special Olympic Games features over 2,500 athletes from around the state who compete in aquatics, bocce, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, tennis and track & field.
At the Special Olympic Games students escorted participants to events. Students assisted athletes by bringing them out onto the field, to trophy stand and then back to their coaches.
“It was a lot of fun and very rewarding. It felt really good to help and support the athletes,” said Law & Public Safety Junior Tania Jimenez.
Students in the Health Science program assisted doctors and nurses at the games by helping register athletes, educating athletes about health and nutrition, escorting athletes for eye examinations, and with assisting doctors and nurses with providing information about healthy eating habits. Students also assisted with recording heights and weights, hearing screenings and blood pressure.
Alyssa Larse n, a sophomore in Health Science said, "As a Health Science student, I was proud to assist participants in the Special Olympics. I served in the Eye Clinic where the volunteer Optometrist assessed the participants. I helped the participants make appropriate eye wear selections so they could appropriately have their vision corrected."
Information about the Torch Run can be found here http://www.njtorchrun.org/
For information about New Jersey’s Special Olympics, visit http://www.sonj.org/