REGION, NJ - NJ Olympic Week, a statewide week of events centered around Olympic Day on June 23, is coming to several towns in the area.
“It’s the OSOC’s largest grassroots event outside of the Olympics themselves,” said Andrew Bondarowicz, one of the two organizers of this year’s NJ Olympic Week and a sports attorney.
Olympic Day, and similarly Olympic Week, is celebrated in all 50 states as well as 160 countries worldwide. The local weeklong events are all completely free of charge, except for one ticketed event on June 22 with the Sky Blue FC team of the National Women's Soccer League at Yurcak Field on the Rutgers-Busch Campus in Piscataway.
The week kicks off with a Union County Get Fit event in Warinanco Park in Roselle. It will be from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will include Cara Castronuova from the Biggest Loser tv show as the event spokeswoman. Also that day is a fencing demonstration at Hub City Fencing Academy in Edison.
On Monday, June 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. there will be an Olympic archery Clinic at the Oak Ridge County Park in Clark.
For all young people interested in pursuing collegiate sports, as well as their parents, there will be an information session called Understanding the Athletic Scholarship Process. It will be held on June 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Scotch Plains or Westfield, with the exact location yet to be announced. Many have already signed-up to attend.
“It’s to demystify what the whole process is,” said Bondarowicz.
Also in Scotch Plains is the FIFA World Cup viewing party of USA versus Portugal on June 22 at the Darby Road Public House and Restaurant with the Sky Blue FC Team. And there will be chances to learn about handball in Scotch Plains, as well.
In Fanwood, learn about Olympic curling during movie night at LaGrande Park June 24.
In New Providence, an Equestrian Day will be held at the Watchung Stables on June 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The USA Equestrian Federation will be displaying olympic-style equestrian jumping events and tours of the stables will be open to the public.
All events require a registration at least one day prior to the event. This is the first year Bondarowicz and his fellow sports attorney David Weinberg are organizing the NJ Olympic Week, and both plan to expand upon it in the future.
“It’s something we hope to build on in years to come,” said Bondarowicz. “It will be a lot bigger next year.”