Special Olympics torch relay arrives at Toys R US campus in Wayne

Just days before the Special Olympics get underway in New Jersey, the torch came through its host state.

Just days before the Special Olympics get underway

Just days before the Special Olympics get underway in New Jersey, the torch came through its host state. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

WAYNE - Just days before the Special Olympics get underway in New Jersey, the torch came through its host state.

Two dozen competitors and volunteers carried the torch through the Toys R Us campus in Wayne Thursday morning as hundreds of employees cheered them on.

The Special Olympics will be held at the College of New Jersey in Mercer County this year. The games can be life-changing for athletes.

"It builds self-esteem.  It builds confidence.  It really changes their lives," says Special Olympics CEO T.J. Nelligan. "They become contributing members of society, they can hold jobs and be accepted in the communities as colleagues."

The Special Olympics kick off Monday and run through next Friday.

More than 3,500 athletes will compete in dozens of sports including basketball, tennis and gymnastics.

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