Clark Athlete Wins Special Olympics Medals

Jade Light (Photo courtesy of The Arc of Union County)

Jade Light (Photo courtesy of The Arc of Union County)

CLARK — Jade Light from Clark, a long time volunteer at The Arc of Union County,  became a champion at the 2013 Special Olympics New Jersey Games.

Light was one of more than 2,500 athletes that qualified to compete during the games held on June 7–9 at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). She won two gold medals in the 25 meter freestyle and breast stroke as well as a silver medal in the relay.

Jade’s parents, Frank and Cathie, said, “Attending the Special Olympics was a thrilling experience. To realize the effort and amount of time it must have taken to organize an event of this magnitude is astounding. We are so very proud of Jade and her tremendous accomplishments this year at TCNJ.”

Jade’s journey started in 2011 when her brother, David, suggested that she get involved in the Special Olympics. She joined the Sea Hawks, which is the swimming segment of the NJ Hawks. The NJ Hawks is run by the non-profit organization High Expectations Inc.

With the support of her family, teammates, and coach Marla Napurano, Light progressed and even competed in the 2011 Special Olympics New Jersey Games. By practicing with the Sea Hawks at the Scotch Plains Jewish Community Center twice a week Light has grown into an impressive athlete, evident by her victory at the 2013 Special Olympic New Jersey Games.

Light commented on her experience at the Special Olympics, “It is a lot of hard work but fun because I make a lot of friends.” She plans to continue to participate with the Sea Hawks and is looking forward to the next time she will get into the pool to represent her team.

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