On March 6 and 7, Special Olympics USA converged on Newark, New Jersey for just over 24-hours marking the team’s final stateside milestone before World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Send-Off festivities included a dinner with Premier Sponsor, Bank of America and an activity fair featuring New York Red Bulls soccer stars and stations designed to interact with volunteers from Bank of America, The Finish Line, ESPN, United, UAE Embassy in Washington DC and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture.

The Activity Fair also featured the first national Strong Minds experience complete with group meditation, relaxing body scans and Coach’s Playbook stations focused on stress management techniques and an emotional support mantra craft.

WWE personalities, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville served as celebrity emcees for our Farewell luncheon before the 300+ strong delegation was escorted to JFK airport by NYNJ Port Authority, NJPD and NYPD.

Check out photos from the send off celebration at http://SpecialOlympics2018.Photoshelter.com