A high honor awaits outstanding individuals and partners who help Special Olympics Health programs grow worldwide.
The Golisano Health Leadership Award honors those who fulfill the goals, values, and mission of Special Olympics health programs. The award is named for the Golisano Foundation, which makes Special Olympics Health possible worldwide. It is the highest Special Olympics honor for health partners.
About 20 honorees from Special Olympics Programs around the world will receive the award in 2016. Seven of those honorees will receive a global award at the World Winter Games in Austria in March, 2017.
The Golisano Health Leadership Award honors individuals and organizations who improve the health of people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Healthy Communities is at work in 35 countries and 19 U.S. states.
In 2016 alone, Special Olympics provided health exams and services to athletes in 66 countries. Health partners and volunteer doctors, nurses and medical students took part in 1,000 Special Olympics health events.
Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation have committed $37 million to Special Olympics health programming since 2012.