LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) announces the appointment of Rutgers Football Head Coach, Kyle Flood, as Honorary Coach. The appointment is just one part of an ongoing relationship between Rutgers Football and SONJ that was established more than 10 years ago.
"This is a wonderful gesture to be named Honorary Coach of Special Olympics New Jersey," said Flood. "Our Rutgers Football Family has been privileged to be involved with Special Olympics New Jersey and we are thrilled to continue this terrific partnership."
For more than a decade, Rutgers football players have annually attended the Opening Ceremonies of Special Olympics New Jersey's Summer Games, walking into the stadium at The College of New Jersey alongside SONJ athletes from across the state. As Honorary Coach, Flood addresses a crowd of over 6,000 athletes, volunteers and family members to officially open Summer Games each year.
Coach Flood and his players have participated in public service announcements promoting the Special Olympics movement in New Jersey, and this year Rutgers Football will be providing tickets for SONJ athletes to attend every home game. At the November 2 home game against Temple, Rutgers will host the on-field announcement of Team New Jersey to the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games which will be held throughout the Garden State next June.
"Coach Flood continues to build on the relationship between Special Olympics New Jersey and Rutgers Football, demonstrating a sincere and passionate commitment to our athletes," said Marc Edenzon, President of SONJ. "Year after year, we have seen the Rutgers football team recognize and embrace our players as athletes through the fraternity of sport."
For more information about Special Olympics New Jersey, visit www.sonj.org or call 609-896-8000.
ABOUT SONJ: Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, completely free of charge, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Visit www.sonj.org for more information.
Contact: Katy Lido
609.896.8000 ext. 271