May 05, 2014 | North America: Florida

Equestrians Compete and Get Health Examinations

By Lynn Aylward

Athlete Alex Perry, 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. Special Olympics 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. Special Olympics International’s CEO, Janet Froetscher, Special Olympics Florida CEO Sherry Wheelock and Golisano Foundation Director Ann M. Costello also attended, as reported by the Ocala Star-Banner. Athletes also 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 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, Branding and Communications at Special Olympics.
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