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For immediate release: August 2, 2005
For further information:
Mary McGinty: 609-984-1338
on event day: 609-410-8829

MEDIA ADVISORY
Judiciary to Host Olympics for Juvenile Probationers

Juvenile probationers from around the state will compete in the annual Judiciary Juvenile Olympics on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park in Jersey City. Approximately 150 youth from around the state, as well as 100 Judiciary staff members and volunteers, are expected to participate. The rain date is Aug. 11.

Sponsored by the Positive Interventions Committee of the Juvenile Probation Unit of the New Jersey Judiciary Probation Division, this event is designed to help juvenile probationers develop character, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Youth will compete for medals in track events as well as an obstacle course, jump rope, tug-of-war, and football, basketball and softball throwing.

Last year, 170 young people from 16 counties competed in the Olympics that were held at Brookdale Park in Essex County. In addition to individual trophies for first, second and third place in each event, overall county winners were honored. In 2004, Bergen County received first place honors, Essex County finished in second place and Union County finished in third place.

"This event is a wonderful opportunity for our probationers to meet others and to enjoy themselves in a safe and supportive setting," said Fred Bostel, Vicinage Chief Probation Officer in Union County and Chair of the Positive Interventions Committee. "It is also a wonderful experience for the probation officers and other volunteers who work tirelessly to help these kids make positive choices in their lives. We really enjoy the day," he added.

The Positive Interventions Committee develops educational, recreational and social opportunities for young people on probation. These activities include field trips to local attractions, museums, theaters, and sporting events, as well as skill-building activities.

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

  • If you would like to interview a young person, please contact Mary McGinty from Probation Services at the site;
  • 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 identify a participant by the county where he or she resides

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