Tom Golisano, Founder of the Golisano Foundation, and Ann Costello, Executive Director, visit a Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes clinic in Florida.
The Golisano Health Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations around the world who are improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities.View Story ▼Special Olympics has launched the Golisano Health Leadership Awards to recognize the extensive work of individuals and organizations around the world who are improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities and advancing the year-round health work of Special Olympics. The awards will honor approximately 32 individuals or organizations around the world where Healthy Communities, the innovative global initiative launched by Special Olympics in 2012 and expanded in 2015 with gifts of $37 million from philanthropist and Paychex Chairman Tom Golisano, has been launched. Healthy Communities have been launched from Paraguay to Romania, South Africa to Thailand and Golisano’s home states of Florida and New York. Of those honorees, 7 recipients from Special Olympics‘ 7 regions around the world, will be selected to receive the global award, which will be announced at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria in March 2017.
“The Golisano Health Leadership Award is Special Olympics highest honor for health partners and individuals,” said Mary Davis, Special Olympics CEO. “It is important to recognize the growing number of health champions at the community, regional and global levels who are working so tirelessly to promote inclusive health for people with intellectual disabilities. We also hope to encourage others who are in a position to do the same and help us raise global understanding of the health disparities experienced by people with intellectual disabilities. Through the growth and success of Healthy Communities, the Golisano name is becoming synonymous with improving health disparities and increasing access to quality care - from remote towns to major cities in all corners of the world.“ To read more about the significance of these awards, please read a Huffington Post blog from Ann Costello, Executive Director for the Golisano Foundation at the link below.
About Christy Weir:I am the Director of Global Media and Public Relations for Special Olympics.View less ▲