Integrated media organization WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced Sunday it has become a Founding Partner for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, a national sporting event taking place in New Jersey June 14-21, 2014.
The announcement was made on stage during WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 2014 USA Games Chairman & CEO TJ Nelligan, President of Special Olympics, North America Bob Gobrecht, President of Special Olympics New Jersey Marc Edenzon, WWE Executive Vice President, Creative Stephanie McMahon and Special Olympics athletes Ashley Weber of New Jersey and David Dennin of Connecticut.
Recently, WWE also announced that Hollywood icon, bodybuilding legend and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, will induct Bruno Sammartino into the WWE Hall of Fame. (Read: Arnold Schwarzenegger to Honor Bruno Sammartino)
Nearly 3,500 athletes will travel to New Jersey for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games to compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and an anticipated 70,000 spectators.[ Also Read: Keeping Wrestling Dream Alive at Olympic Games ]
The 2014 USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities.[ Click here to read more stories on Sports ]
The 2014 USA Games will be staged throughout Mercer County, NJ including competitions at Princeton University, Rider University, the College of New Jersey and Mercer County Park, with the Opening Ceremonies taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark.