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Special Smiles Program Seeks Volunteers

Special Olympics athletes know the meaning of true sportsmanship; there are plenty of smiles whether they win an event or not. To help those smiles­and the people wearing them­stay healthy, NJDS and the UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions will sponsor the third annual Special Olympics, Special Smiles program on Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31, at The College of New Jersey in Ewing Township.

UMDNJ faculty and students, as well as other community dental professionals, will examine and educate hundreds of athletes who participate in the New Jersey Special Summer Games. Last year, 180 volunteers performed oral health screenings, made mouth guards, and provided oral health and nutritional information for more than 900 athletes at the games.

Volunteers are needed for registration, oral health/nutrition education, and to perform dental screening examinations. A free lunch, beverages, t-shirts, hats, toothpaste, and toothbrushes will be given to all volunteers. Continuing education credit will be awarded for "hands-on" experience with special needs patients, a requirement for AGD Mastership certification, according to Dr. Martin Giniger, program coordinator.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Dr. Giniger by May 8 at

(973) 972-7347.