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For immediate release:August 5, 2004
For further information: contact:
Linda Brown Holt, Office of Communications, (609) 292-9580

To make arrangements to attend, call:
William Carr, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, (973) 395-3183

Essex County is Site of This Year's Judiciary Juvenile Olympics Aug. 11

Social, athletic and self-esteem activities for youth

Bloomfield, NJ.The statewide Judiciary Juvenile Olympics, an annual event to build character and to develop personal and team-building skills, will be held in Brookdale Park here in the Essex Vicinage on Aug. 11.

This is by far the largest, single event sponsored by the Positive Interventions Committee of the Juvenile Probation Unit of the Probation Division. During the event, probation youth from throughout the state compete for medals in categories such as flag football, a softball throw, jump rope, home run derby, relay race, long jump, obstacle course and tug of war. There are also trophies for the three counties whose youth have the most awards.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. Lunch and an awards presentation will be held from approximately 1 to 2:30.

Last year, 186 young people from 15 counties and the Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program competed in the Olympics which was held in the Union Vicinage. Counties which received trophies last year were: Bergen, first place; Ocean, second place; and Essex, third place.

The Positive Interventions Committee meets 10 times a year to develop educational, recreational and social activities for young people on probation. Other activities include bowling, billiards, visits to the Philadelphia Zoo, Camden Aquarium, professional basketball, Ranch Hope (an outdoors life skills and team-building program), Liberty Science Center and a major basketball tournament.

Note to News Media: While the Olympics is not open to the general public, reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover the event with the following restrictions to protect the privacy of participants:

  • If you would like to interview a young person, please contact Mary McGinty from Probation Services at the site. Mary will be happy to introduce you to the participants you wish to interview.
  • Faces of young people must not be visible or identifiable in photos or video;
  • First names only may be used in identifying young people;
  • Please do not include the county the participant is from (e.g., do not identify a young person as Bob of Middlesex County).

Your assistance in respecting the privacy of these young people is greatly appreciated.

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