Special Olympics: CEO T.J. Nelligan - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Special Olympics: CEO T.J. Nelligan

Posted: Updated:
NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

As chairman and CEO of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, T.J. Nelligan is one of its biggest supporters. But his role is much more than a job. For him, it's personal.

T.J.'s work with Special Olympics began because of his role as Sean's father. Sean has an intellectual disability.

Beyond sports, Sean is living the dream of working with his best friend Bobby in T.J.'s restaurant, the Montville Inn in Montville, New Jersey.

In addition to supporting each other on the job, these "brothers" will cheer each other on this year at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games being held in New Jersey. T.J. led the charge to bring them to the Garden State.

"It's been a 4 year process of raising the money, putting all the world class venues in place, getting all the athletes in place in the 16 different sports they're going to compete in together," he says. "Now we're coming down the home stretch and we're really excited. It's going to be a world class event."

More than 3,500 athletes will compete this year.

Sean will be in the bocce ball competition. Bobby will be in track and field.

The games give T.J. a chance to show what can happen when Jersey Strong welcomes those that make it stronger.

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Ted Nugent concert in Montclair brings out protesters and defenders

    Ted Nugent concert in Montclair brings out protesters and defenders

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:58:26 GMT
    Picket signs lined the street on Bloomfield Avenue on Tuesday evening outside of the Wellmont Theater. Onlookers could hear chanting a few blocks down. “No Hate in the Garden State,” someone shouted from a bullhorn with a chorus of voices repeating over and again in unison.Cars driving by slowed down to see the commotion. Police patrols stood between the protestors and the streets. 
    Picket signs lined the street on Bloomfield Avenue on Tuesday evening outside of the Wellmont Theater. Onlookers could hear chanting a few blocks down. “No Hate in the Garden State,” someone shouted from a bullhorn with a chorus of voices repeating over and again in unison.Cars driving by slowed down to see the commotion. Police patrols stood between the protestors and the streets. 
  • Proposed Quick Chek becoming hot topic for West Orange neighborhood

    Proposed Quick Chek becoming hot topic for West Orange neighborhood

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:57 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:57:16 GMT
    Photo courtesy of TAPinto.netPhoto courtesy of TAPinto.net
    In recent weeks, the St. Cloud neighborhood in West Orange has seen a groundswell of opposition to a proposal by Quick Chek to replace the vacant restaurant at 555 Northfield Ave. 
    In recent weeks, the St. Cloud neighborhood in West Orange has seen a groundswell of opposition to a proposal by Quick Chek to replace the vacant restaurant at 555 Northfield Ave. 
  • New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices