50th anniversary celebrations are underway for Special Olympics with 12 months of festivities planned around the world from July, 2018, through June, 2019.
On Thursday night in Toronto, Special Olympics Ontario hosted their annual gala event presenting provincial sport awards, years of service awards, hall of fame inductions, and a special lifetime achievement award to Dr. Frank Hayden.
Dr. Hayden (surrounded by 2018 SOO award winners in photo above) pioneered the research and the structure that we now know as Special Olympics dedicating his life to the conception, creation, development, fundraising, and management of programs and projects for people with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Hayden’s passion and leadership has been credited with the removal of barriers that existed for centuries for people with an intellectual disability motivating the participation of over five million athletes and inspiring millions more to support the cause.
The Ontario Hockey League is very proud of our longstanding partnership with Special Olympics Ontario. For more than a decade OHL fans have generously contributed to the movement while players and teams have helped change attitudes and create a more inclusive society.
Next month the OHL in partnership with the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics Ontario will continue raising awareness at select games around the league.
Congratulations to all 2018 provincial award winners and best wishes for 50 years of Special Olympics!
For more information or to make a donation visit specialolympicsontario.com and join the conversation on social media with #SpecialOlympics50.