The MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce and the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games have partnered to raise awareness for the games that are expected to bring some 70,000 people to the region in 2014.

The Special Olympics is scheduled to take place between Saturday, June 14, and Saturday, June 21, at sporting venues throughout New Jersey with more than 3,500 athletes from across the country competing in 17 sports.

“The MIDJersey Chamber will be the resource for athletes, coaches, families, and volunteers participating in the games,” said Robert Prunetti, chamber president and CEO at an announcement at the Special Olympics headquarters on Princess Road in Lawrenceville. “Our members will experience first-hand the economic impact that this event will bring to our mid-Jersey region.”

Prunetti added that businesses can donate and volunteer at the games through the chamber, which will serve as the local information source for families, spectators, and fans attending the games.

Prunetti made the announcement on November 29 along with Tom Varga, senior vice president of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, and Lillian Narvaez, COO of the games.

The chamber will also serve as the presenting sponsor of the Special Olympics Unified Sports Festival, scheduled for the Friday of the Games, prior to closing ceremonies. This event involves sports activities where community members play with the athletes.

MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, 1A Quakerbridge Plaza Drive, Suite 2, Mercerville 08619; 609-689-9960; fax, 609-586-9989. Robert Prunetti, president and CEO.

Special Olympics New Jersey, 3 Princess Road, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-896-8000; fax, 609-896-8040. Marc Edenzon, president.

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