NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — More than 18,000 people attended opening ceremonies Sunday for the Special Olympics in New Jersey – in the start of a competition of nearly 3,500 athletes.
The opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics USA Games were held at the Prudential Center in Newark. As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, more than 18,000 people were in attendance for the torch lighting, including athletes, coaches, and family members.
Members of the Alabama softball team could hardly contain themselves as they entered the arena. They said their one goal this week is to win.
Their head coach, Bobbi Cesna, said the softball team members had trained for years to get to this moment.
“It’s going to be awesome just to see – because I’m so used to just Alabama, the state, and the games there – and just all over the nation, it’s just awesome,” she said.