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May 14, 2014 | North America: Florida

Special Olympics Equestrians Compete And Get Health Checks

By Lynn Aylward

Equestrian Athlete Alex Perry Takes Time Out of the Ring to Meet with Tom Golisano and Janet Froetscher

Businessman, philanthropist and Special Olympics supporter B. Thomas Golisano threw open his elegant Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida on May 2 and 3 for the 2014 Special Olympics Florida State Equestrian Sports Championship. Athletes competed on their mounts in Dressage, English Equitation, and other equestrian activities—and then dismounted to obtain health services that people with intellectual disabilities are often denied. 120 equestrian athletes plus Special Olympics International’s CEO, Janet Froetscher, Special Olympics Florida CEO Sherry Wheelock and Golisano Foundation Director Ann M. Costello attended, as reported by the Ocala Star-Banner. Athletes took advantage of an Opening Eyes® clinic, offered as part of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® and Healthy Communities programs. It was especially fitting that Mr. Golisano was present, because he is the largest funder of the Healthy Communities initiative.

About Lynn Aylward: I am the Senior Manager of Global Health External Relations at Special Olympics.

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