A resolution sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to recognize the contributions and successes of the Special Olympics passed the Assembly Human Services Committee Monday. Vainieri Huttle released the following statement on the resolution (AR-243):
“The Special Olympics is a distinguished worldwide organization that improves the lives of everyone involved.
“Millions of people with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to partake in athletic training and sports competitions in 190 different countries. In New Jersey alone, there are 25,000 individuals who benefit from a variety of free athletic programs that improve both their physical and emotional wellbeing.
“Events such as the biennial World Games allow people with intellectual disabilities to see themselves represented on a global stage while promoting better public understanding and interaction with these individuals. The organization even offers health screenings for athletes in need.
“It is because of these many commendable goals and the incontrovertible impact the Special Olympics has had on countless lives, that I wanted to recognize the organization’s contributions to society. I am pleased this resolution will now have the opportunity to be considered by the Legislature.”