YMCA of Montclair: Special Olympics Swim Meet

The YMCA of Montclair is set to host a Special Olympics Swim Meet this weekend, an event set to inspire all those involved and spectating.

YMCA of Montclair’s event set to inspire.

Mike Brune, YMCA Past Chair, Jo Ann Short, YMCA CEO and Bill Copeck the Event Coordinator for the Special Olympics area nine swim meet. Photo courtesy of Scott Kennedy.

The YMCA of Montclair will open their doors this Saturday, March 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to share the gifts of 50 athletes from Livingston, Caldwell and Wayne, as they compete in the Essex County Special Olympics Swim Meet.

This day is not only a competition, but also a celebration of talent and skills that have been gifted to these athletes. The sound of the ready will mark the first time Essex County to host the Special Olympics New Jersey Swim Meet. Look forward to 14 races including 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 100 individual medley.

The Montclair community has embraced the privilege as the home to the event, funded by a $1,000 donation by Studio042 and from Haven Savings Bank. Serving as volunteers of the event, the Montclair Dolphins swim team and parents come together to create a YMCA team of over 20.

Don’t miss an opportunity to be a spectator of a spectacle in the Montclair community. You don’t have to volunteer your time or cast a donation, but rather live in the moment of another’s time to shine as they share their athletic ability.

The YMCA of Montclair is a not-for-profit organization that thrives on the given choice for a healthy lifestyle. The Special Olympics of New Jersey trains over 24,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round in 24 Olympic-type sports. This event will exemplify the open arms of the Montclair community, the YMCA’s dedication to a judgment free atmosphere with the focus on health and wellness, and the ambition of 50 young people and their choice to show that struggles are not overcome with fear, but resilience.

For more information on the event or how to get involved, check out the YMCA of Montclair’s Swimming website at montclairymcaswimming.com.

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