A Celebration of Beau Doherty’s Retirement at the Hartford Yard Goats Game
By Zack Ryer, Athlete and Communications Intern
The Special Olympics community gathered at the Hartford Yard Goats game on July 31st to celebrate the retirement of Beau Doherty, the president of SOCT and creator of Unified Sports®. In order to celebrate Mr. Doherty's accomplishments over the past 40 years, he was interviewed at home plate and honored with an award from Special Olympics Chief Inspiration Officer Loretta Claiborne. He was also joined on the field by SOCT's Mike Mason, iHeart Radio's Renee DiNino and NBC Connecticut's Bob Maxon and Gabby Lucivero.
The first pitch was thrown by Tracy Hawkins, a Special Olympics Hartford athlete. The National Anthem was sung by Global Messenger and athlete Ashley Lebeau and the American flag was presented by Special Olympics RHAM athletes and 12 Law Enforcement Torch Run attendees. America The Beautiful was sung by Officer and Torch Run volunteer Dave Maliar, and during the 5th inning stretch, Ian Schiro, a Special Olympics athlete sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
Thanks to all those who attended and joined us for a wonderful celebration of Beau Doherty's accomplishments and of all those involved in Special Olympics.
Make a gift to The Beau Fund in August and it will be matched thanks to the generosity of current and former members of the SOCT Board of Directors. To donate, click here.
Special Olympics CT Says Goodbye to CEO Beau Doherty
By Scott Masson, Athlete and Special Olympics CT Writer
Scott interviewed Beau at BeanZ & Co., an inclusive cafe in Avon.
In 1976, Beau Doherty was a coach who brought a group of individuals from the Paul A. Dever State School, where he worked, to a Special Olympics competition for the first time. While he was there, he watched an athlete who inspired him so much that he wanted to get more involved with the organization. Special Olympics was a smaller program and only had ten sports back in the 70’s. Now it has 28 sports being played all year round. In 1986, Beau came to Special Olympics Connecticut, he became President and CEO in 1993 and in 1995, the World Games were held in New Haven.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver helped inspire Beau to further develop Special Olympics and help make it what it is today. Special Olympics has grown over the 40 years that Beau has been with the organization by having Unified Sports® in schools and outside of schools and at the State Games and by having a program called Healthy Athletes which checks the health of athletes - whether it’s dental, feet or eye examinations - to make the athletes healthy and strong for competition.
Beau’s favorite memory from his 40 years with Special Olympics is from back in the 1980's when he and Eunice Kennedy Shriver talked about creating Unified Sports®. Unified Sports in high schools around Connecticut have changed because of Beau and the impact that Eunice Kennedy and the CIAC have had over the past 30 years.
Michael Bozzuto's Dream Ride has evolved over the years since Beau has been CEO by adding more exotic cars and over 2,000 motorcycles. It was a much smaller event at the time Beau first started. It was on a smaller property and had less activities to do. Now, Special Olympics athletes from 30 states attend!
Before he leaves SOCT, Beau says he sees more sports being offered and the organization bringing back dances and overnight stays during the Winter Games and Summer Games in the future.
Beau will leave SOCT knowing the impact he has made and how he's transformed Special Olympics to become what it is now and forever. He is a true pioneer and the G.O.A.T. of Special Olympics Connecticut. SOCT WILL MISS YOU. THANK YOU, BEAU, FOR EVERYTHING AND CONGRATULATIONS!

Celebrating 30 Years of Unified Sports® in Schools
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) has produced a video about the origin of the Special Olympics Unified Sports® program in schools. It features commentary from Unified Sports® Founder Beau Doherty and Directors of the program since its inception.
To view the video, click here.
Special Olympics Athlete Avery Dawe Joins the Jersey Mike's Team
Avery Dawe (#38) with his Unified Sports® teammates at Jersey Mike's of Simsbury
It's been an exciting year for Special Olympics Connecticut Athlete Avery Dawe. He recently returned from the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida after competing in basketball with his Unified Sports® teammates from Simsbury High School and he just started a new job at Jersey Mike's Subs. To read the complete story, click here.
ESPN's Kate Jackson Receives President's Award
ESPN Coordinating Producer Kate Jackson was presented with a President's Award by Beau Doherty during a gathering of our Champion's Society at the Farmington Polo Club on July 30th.
Jackson was honored for her extensive work covering the Special Olympics USA and World Games. To her credit, she's had a role in producing coverage of the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles followed by the World Games in Austria - during which time Beau got to see her in action from the ESPN studio. She also helped produce coverage of the USA Games in Seattle and was solely responsible for producing coverage of the Opening Ceremony for the recent Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando and nightly USA Games broadcasts on June 7th and 8th as well as the Best of Show program that aired on June 12th.
Become a Member of Our Champion's Society
Members of our Champion's Society choose to support Special Olympics Connecticut through planned giving to ensure future athletes have opportunities to be part of our team.
It's Easy to Plan for the Future with These Free Resources
If you're like many people, creating or updating your will or trust and other important documents often falls to the bottom of your "to do" list. We have made it easy for you to get started today with free publications to help you get organized and complete your plans while gaining peace of mind: https://solegacygiving.org/resources
Unified Sports® Fall Festival Presented by Mohegan Sun Set for September
Unified Sports® Fall Festival competition sports, dates and venues include:
Weekend #1
Saturday and Sunday, September 10th and 11th
Bocce - Scalzi Park, Stamford
Saturday, September 10th
Sailing - Wadawanuck Club, Stonington
Saturday and Sunday, September 10th and 11th
Softball - East Shore Park, New Haven (both days) and
Kennedy Memorial Field, East Haven (September 10th only)
Sunday, September 11th
Golf - Sleeping Giant Golf Course, Hamden
Weekend #2
September 17th and 18th
Croquet - Ocean House, Watch Hill, Westerly RI
Last Chance to Go Over the Edge for SOCT!
Don't miss your chance to go Over the Edge to support our athletes at Mohegan Sun on Friday, September 2nd! Space is limited and time is running out, so click here to register now. Prefer to keep two feet on the ground? Donate instead!
Hartford Athletics to Host “Play on the Pitch” for Special Olympics 
By Zack Ryer, Athlete and Communications Intern
The Hartford Athletic Club is hosting a halftime “Play on the Pitch” for Special Olympics. The following teams have been selected to participate in two 8x8 games supporting this fundraising sports event - Chapel Haven, Hartford, Farmington Valley, and Seaside Saybrook. The event will take place at Trinity Health Stadium (250 Huyshope Ave, Hartford CT 06106) on September 17th. The game will start at 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 5:30 p.m. For every ticket purchased, $3.00 will be donated to Special Olympics CT. Come join us for a fun night of soccer and supporting Special Olympics CT! To buy tickets, click here.
LETR Golf Tournament Scheduled for October 17th
The 3rd Annual LETR Golf Tournament to benefit SOCT will take place at Hawk's Landing Country Club in Southington on Monday, October 17th. All are invited to participate. Cost is $150 per golfer and $600 for a foursome. To find out more, register to golf or become a sponsor, click here.
Chick-Fil-A Supports Special Olympics
By Zack Ryer, Athlete and Communications Intern
The Chick-Fil-A North Haven location (560 Universal Drive, North Haven CT) is supporting Special Olympics by hosting a fundraising event on Monday, August 15th, from 5-7 p.m. They will be selling their food and giving a portion of the proceeds to Special Olympics. One dollar of every cookie sold and 20% of their earnings will go to our organization. The event will include fun activities for children and adults alike. Activities will include “Touch a Truck” which will allow families to interact with emergency vehicles and there will be live music. We thank Chick-Fil-A employees for their support and their kind donations. We hope to see you there!
Health and Wellness
Presented by the Golisano Foundation, CDC, Webster Bank and HSA Bank
CVS Grant Will Support Train to Treat Program
We received a $15,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation to support our Train to Treat program. The program's purpose is to train current and future healthcare professionals and engage them in the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program so they may interact with and better serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

With the CVS Health Foundation's support, we will foster new partnerships with associations, universities, and healthcare organizations to promote inclusive health - so that individuals with intellectual disabilities may access and benefit from the same health programs and services available to people without disabilities.
MedFest Scheduled for October 15th
MedFest is an event that offers the standardized physical screening that all athletes need prior to participating in Special Olympics sports, and every three years thereafter. It will take place at the University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue in West Hartford on Saturday, October 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Individuals who are both prospective and current athletes may attend at no cost. Appointments are required and may be made by emailing Susan Mohr at susanm@socg.org.

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