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Golisano Foundation Continues to Fund Special Olympics’ Healthy Communities Work

A health volunteer speaks with two people at a table in a room full of volunteers and athletes.
Lille Rouskanen, Special Olympics Health Messenger at a Healthy Athletes screening at Mid Sweden University, Östersund at the Special Olympics Sweden Invitational Games 2020.

The following is an excerpt from the article titled How Special Olympics Tackled Emotional Well-Being Worldwide Amidst A Global Pandemic published by Fansided.

And now more than ever, Special Olympics have the chance to not only improve the accessibility to emotional well-being tools but also ensure that aspiring health care professionals are able to receive proper education on how to diagnose and treat those with intellectual disabilities.

Just last week, the organization announced that they had received the largest single private gift in their 53-year history. Tom Golisano, an American entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist whose son has an intellectual disability, donated $30 million to the Special Olympics Healthy Communities program.

“It was very exciting, and certainly very generous and very validating for the relationship that we’ve been having with the Golisano Foundation and Tom Golisano for the past 10 years,” said Dr. Alicia Bazzano, Chief Health Officer, Special Olympics.

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