December 15, 2018
 
Bruins Foundation Gives $1M to Special Olympics Massachusetts

August 31, 2018 — Special Olympics Massachusetts, a Marlborough-based nonprofit that provides athletic opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, will receive $1 million over the next three years from the Boston Bruins Foundation as part of a new partnership.

The donation, announced this week by the Boston Bruins Foundation, is the largest in its 15-year history.

Beyond the $1 million commitment, the foundation and Special Olympics Massachusetts will join forces to involve Special Olympics athletes in a variety of initiatives to promote inclusion and overall health and wellness.

The annual Boston Bruins Foundation golf tournament on Sept. 4 will mark the start of the partnership. This year's tournament will be highlighted by a ceremonial tee shot featuring a Special Olympics golfer and a member of the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins will highlight Special Olympics athletes in game throughout the coming hockey season with Special Olympics athletes partaking in experiences during games, such as bench assistants, high five lines, and ice resurfacer rides.

In addition to highlighting and honoring Special Olympics athletes throughout the season, the Bruins and Special Olympics Massachusetts will work together to educate fans on the work that Special Olympics Massachusetts is doing in the community, highlighting the talent and determination demonstrated by the athletes.

Special Olympics Massachusetts traces its roots back to 1968 when Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics Inc. Special Olympics Massachusetts was established three years later to give people with giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs ongoing opportunities to develop physical fitness and prepare for entry into school and community programs.

In 2017, Special Olympics Massachusetts enlisted 11,597 volunteers to serve 12,584 athletes in 296 competitions.

The organization also engages in partnerships with 448 schools.

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2017, Special Olympics Massachusetts reported $13.9 million in revenue, of which $4.1 million came from corporate, individual, and other donations and from fundraising activities, and $12.8 million in expenses, according to its most recently available audited financial statements.

The Boston Bruins Foundation assists charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England, providing grants to organizations that focus on academics, athletics, community outreach, and health.

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