For immediate release: July 31, 2007
For further information contact: Mary McGinty: 609-984-1338
on event day: 609-410-8829
Vicinage XIII to Host Olympics for Juvenile Probationers
Juvenile probationers from around the state will compete in the annual Judiciary Juvenile Olympics on Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Somerville High School. 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. 2.
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, 150 young people from 13 counties competed in the Olympics that was held at Rowan University in Glassboro. In addition to individual trophies for first, second and third place in each event, overall county winners were honored. In 2006, Bergen County received first place honors. Other top scorers at the event include Passaic County, Gloucester County, and the Southern Region Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program team, all of whom tied for second place overall.
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 event is 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.