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Morris Museum to Present 'PORTRAIT OF AN ATHLETE,' 6/12-11/16

Morris Museum to Present 'PORTRAIT OF AN ATHLETE,' 6/12-11/16

The Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey June 14-21, 2014. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators. In celebration of the accomplishments of the New Jersey Special Olympics athletes, the Morris Museum is proud to present Portrait of An Athlete: Special Olympics of New Jersey & United States Paralympics, June 12 - November 16, 2014. The exhibition features portraits by photographer Pete Byron, who has travelled all over the state to capture the athletes during practice, competition, or just being themselves. Portrait of An Athlete: Special Olympics of New Jersey & United States Paralympics is sponsored by Safilo Group.

"As the global frames supplier to the Special Olympics-Lions Club International Opening Eyes vision care program for over a decade, Safilo salutes the Morris Museum for its commitment to providing programs that serve the special needs community and for this exhibit, in particular, that pays tribute to the triumphant Special Olympics athletes from all over NJ," says Ross Brownlee, President of Safilo North America.

Pete Byron's photographs also include Paralympic Athletes including Stacey Mannella, on of the youngest members of the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing team, who is legally blind. The United States Paralympic Team, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with physical disabilities.

This exhibition will be hosted in conjunction with Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America, opening October 4, 2014 which will explore the various aspects of sports and teams.

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