SJC Long Island Will Host Special Olympics

October 29, 2018

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – October 29, 2018 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) will once again host the New York State Special Olympics on Sunday, November 4. Special athletes, coaches and volunteers will turn SJC’s John A. Danzi Athletic Center into a celebratory series of Olympic-style sporting events for children and adults with disabilities.

“We are excited to host this event again and offer our support to the Special Olympics," said Cristian Murphy, director of campus ministry at SJC Long Island. "The determination, spirit and sense of comradery of the athletes are always an inspiration to all who attend.”

Throughout the day, the athletes will participate in events such as bowling, javelin, target throwing, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, spikeball and fiddle stick. The competition aims to build sportsmanship, courage and self-esteem. 

Founded in the 1960s by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities by giving them continual opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

For more information about this event, contact Cristian Murphy at [email protected].

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.