What’s Going On: This is the 2nd annual Shriver Cup Unified Bowling Tournament and the 3rd annual Shriver Cup Unified Basketball Tournament

Bowling: competition takes place on April 2, 2016 at the Brunswick Zone Carolier Bowl in North Brunswick, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Basketball: competition takes place on April 3, 2016 at Princeton University, inside Jadwin and Dillon Gymnasiums, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Both championship games will take place at Jadwin Gym, with the High School Championship game starting at 2:30 p.m. and the College Championship game to follow at 3:30 p.m.

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What It’s All About: The Shriver Cup is a series of interscholastic Unified tournaments, meaning that teams are made up of students with and without disabilities competing side-by-side on the same team. Throughout the year, students compete in basketball, bowling, and soccer at the high school and college level.

Who: For the high school divisions that are competing in either sport, all players attend the school. In the college division, the college students all must attend the school and be members of their school’s Unified Sports Club. The majority of players with disabilities come from the local community, though some are also students at the college.

Why: The Shriver Cup helps to bring young people together by creating more inclusive school climates, and spreads awareness about intellectual disabilities through sport. Athletes of all ability levels are invited to play, but because of the Unified element and the fact that the competition is interscholastic, this competition tends to be very intense.

Who Should Attend: All are welcome to cheer on the athletes and partners as they compete. 

High Schools Competing in bowling:

-         Burlington City                                    -    Montgomery

-         Chatham & ECLC                               -    Notre Dame & Eden

-         Elizabeth                                             -    Randolph

-         Hazlet                                                   -    Salem

-         Monroe Township                              -    West Windsor-Plainsboro

High Schools Competing in basketball:

-         Burlington City

-         Cranford

-         Hamilton West

-         Monroe Township

-         Montgomery

-         Ridge

Colleges Competing in basketball:

-         Drew University                                    -    Rowan University

-         Georgian Court University                  -    Rowan College at Gloucester County

-         Mercer County College                       -    Rutgers University

-         Montclair University                             -    The College of New Jersey

-         Princeton University                            -    Stockton University

-         Rider University        

ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW JERSEY:

Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 25,000 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. Visitwww.sonj.org for more information.