Mary Pucciarelli of Brielle, New Jersey, is proud of her involvement as a coach and Unified partner over the years with Special Olympics. She will represent Special Olympics USA as a Unified partner in golf. Taking this role very seriously, participating in Special Olympics has given Mary more perspective on competition, that it is not about winning, but about having fun. For the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, Mary served as a golf committee member and course marshal. In the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, she competed as a Unified partner. During her college years, Mary played tennis and basketball. She is a former high school and college tennis coach, as well as an inductee to the Mercer County Basketball Hall of Fame.
She has served as a board member on the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Foundation and on the Garden State Women’s Golf Association. She is employed as a financial advisor at Reilly Financial Group. As for her involvement with Special Olympics, she attributes her involvement to her best friend, Kathy Shedelbower, and her daughter, Mary’s goddaughter, Jill. It is Mary’s honor and privilege to represent Special Olympics USA at the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023.