Gov. Chris Christie recalled what a big part organized sports played in his early life as he signed a bill granting disabled students equal access to school athletics.
From spraying lines on the soccer fields to trimming the baseball diamonds and setting up dozens of tents, preparations are almost complete at Mercer County Park to be one of 10 venues hosting the Special Olympics USA National Games.
“We’re here today to honor four athletes and four volunteers who have been instrumental to the success of Special Olympics for many, many years,” said the CEO of Special Olympics Pennsylvania.
The Leprechaun Run is now in its 29th year. It was created by a former police officer and his wife, who handed the event over to the Special Olympics just last year.
Nicole Nardone wrapped up her college career as a standout field hockey player at Widener University in the fall, but her legacy at the school goes way beyond the field.
Participants raised an estimated $200,000 to support about 20,000 Special Olympics athletes.
Franz Knorr, of Collegeville, is leaving this weekend for Athens, where he will compete in the Special Olympics World Summer Games which begin next Saturday.
About 700 people participated in the Third Annual Polar Bear Plunge in Bensalem to raise money for a good cause.