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Nova Scotia will host the Special Olympics National Summer Games July 31-August 4, 2018, in Antigonish.
Halifax, Nova Scotia -The Michelin Corporate Foundation is proud to announce its support of Canada’s 2018 National Special Olympics Summer Games with a $250,000 CAD donation. This announcement was made Friday, October 20th at a media conference in Halifax in advance of a special community luncheon to celebrate and raise funds for Team Nova Scotia athletes to compete in the 2018 Games.
“Special Olympics Nova Scotia (SONS) has been part of our Michelin family for over 30 years,” said Jeff MacLean, President, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. “As SONS founding partner, employees from our three manufacturing sites volunteer every year at the Summer Games, host torch runs in our Michelin communities and educate school children about SONS by visiting over 20 schools each spring. It was only natural for us as a company to step forward to support the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games being held here in our Nova Scotia backyard.”
Hosted in Antigonish, N.S. this will be the second time the province of Nova Scotia has held a National Summer Games, having last hosted the event in 1994.
“We want to extend our thanks to Michelin and the Michelin Corporate Foundation for their dedication to our Special Olympic athletes over the years,” said Mike Greek, President, Special Olympics Nova Scotia. “With this donation, we are on our way to showcasing our home, our home-grown athletes and our supportive and inclusive communities that allow our athletes to grow and strive for excellence every single day.”
About the Special Olympics National Games: The Special Olympics Canada Summer & Winter Canada Games started in 1974 and are national multi-sport Games for athletes with an intellectual disability. Over 42,500 athletes compete in training and competitions all across Canada supported by over 20,000 volunteers. It is the country’s largest multi-sport event for people with intellectual disabilities and provides our athletes with a development and competitive opportunity that prepares and qualifies them for World Games.
L to R: Minister Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, SONS 2018 games athlete Samantha Waite, Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, Jeff MacLean, President, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., Mike Greek, President, Special Olympics Nova Scotia, and the Michelin Man.