Friday's Soo Greyhounds game against the Saginaw Spirit will see the team look to raise awareness as it partners with the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and Special Olympics Ontario's (SOO) Sault Ste. Marie branch.
The team is working with the groups to raise awareness about the importance of individuals with an intellectual disability and will feature a LETR/Special Olympics Ontario-run kiosk where people can learn more about Special Olympics Ontario.
The game will also see a Special Olympics Athlete and member of the Sault Ste.Marie Police Service drop the puck during a ceremonial opening faceoff and the 'Pass the Bucket' donation will make its return.
“The Special Olympics provides athletes an incredible opportunity to strive for their goals in competition and build lasting relationships with their fellow competitors.," said city police Chief Hugh Stevenson. "I am proud of the dedication our members have for Special Olympic athletes and the values of Special Olympics Ontario (SOO). Committing to this initiative is rewarding for our members as they see the joy it brings the athletes and their family and friends.”
“Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) thanks the Soo Greyhounds and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service for their ongoing support of the movement," said Glenn MacDonell, president and CEO of Special Olympics Ontario. "Since 2007, teams across the Ontario Hockey League have supported SOO with OHL Big Ticket Games which provide much needed funds and awareness to 26,000 athletes living in Ontario with intellectual disabilities. Together, we champion inclusion, acceptance and offer opportunities to many athletes in the Region to participate and thrive in sport.